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Monkey Mia, Western Australia Holidays

Monkey Mia is a popular tourist destination located about 900 km north of Perth, Western Australia. The reserve is 25 km northeast of the town of Denham in the Shark Bay Marine Park and World Heritage Site. The main attraction are the bottlenose dolphins that have been coming close to shore for more than fifty years.

Day trip to Shell Beach

Pack a lunch and drive about 50 minutes south of Monkey Mia to see one of only two beaches on Earth where shells replace sand. Shell Beach is a picturesque and stunning natural wonder formed from billions of tiny shells. The beach stretches for over 100 kilometres (62 miles) and is a popular place to swim and explore. Spend the afternoon collecting shells, soaking up the sun and floating in the hyper-saline, crystal clear water.

Feed the local bottlenose dolphins

At Monkey Mia, dolphins visit the beach to interact with visitors as they have done for more than forty years. You can stand knee-deep on the water's edge and help to feed them under the supervision of park rangers. As the bottlenose dolphins are wild, numbers and the exact time of their visit varies. However, they usually visit the shore up to three times a day and more frequently in the mornings. While feeding is allowed with supervision, visitors are not able to swim with the dolphins. Stay close by at the Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort. If you want to spend more time with the dolphins, you can to volunteer work with them.

Visit Western Australia's largest island

Just west of Monkey Mia is Dirk Hartog island, a peaceful island retreat that is great for relaxing on white sandy beaches, scuba diving and snorkelling or fishing. Join a wildlife cruise and see an array of marine life including dolphins, dugongs, whales and turtles around the island. Take a walk along the 91 metre (300 feet) high cliff face on the island's west coast or 4WD over stunning beaches and massive sand dunes. Stay overnight in the historic homestead, originally used a shearer's quarters.


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