Denham is the ‘capitol’ of Shark Bay and the entry point to Monkey Mia, the famous resort some 25k to the North.

Every visitor to Denham heads over To Monkey Mia, pay the eight dollar day pass and at 7.30/8.00 am the dolphins duly come into feed. If you can make the time to stay for the morning a less crowded environment will be enjoyed.

The Denham area was the first part of the Australian mainland discovered by European sailors. On 25 October 1616, Dutch explorer Dirk Hartog and crew came unexpectedly upon "various islands, which were, however, found uninhabited." He made landfall at an island now called Dirk Hartog Island off the coast of Shark Bay.

The coast remained uninhabited by Europeans until the middle of the nineteenth century. The earlier name to that of Denham was 'Freshwater Camp' when it was a pearling camp

Also, near Denham are Shell Beach and the Stromalites. Be sure to visit both locations. Different but equally of interest.

Denham is a fast growing centre, and is the launching base for many Shark Bay water activities.

The Hotels in Denham are modern buildings.

The Catholic Church is in the centre of the town.

The Denham War Memorial is located near the RSL and is a worthy acknowledgement.

Denham and Monkey Mia are a 120k diversion, but with all that there is to experience is well worth the diversion.

Diary notes


Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water Walking tracks
Rotary Club   Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course