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