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DRIVE YOURSELF TO MONKEY MIA

 

A complete motoring guide for visitors to one of Australia's natural wonders.

The Shark Bay World Heritage Region of Western Australia, home to the famous dolphins of Monkey Mia.


PERTH TO MONKEY MIA AND THE SHARK BAY HERITAGE REGION

A GUIDE TO DISTANCES AND PREFERRED SERVICE PROVIDERS ALONG THE WAY.

This guide is intended for visitors driving to holiday destinations between Perth and Monkey Mia. Distances as shown originate from the Perth Railway Station. This guide is written in the context of northbound travel. Yellow distance indicates one way side trip distances. 


DISTANCES FROM PERTH BETWEEN POINTS (kms)

00 PERTH 00
18 MIDLAND 18
55 GT NORTHERN TO BRAND HWY T/O 37
77 GINGIN T/O 22
130 REGAN'S FORD 53
163 CATABY 32
193 CERVANTES & WADDI FARMS T/O 30
262 PINNACLES 69
205 BADGINGARRA 12
228 JURIEN T/O 23

248 GREENHEAD T/O 20
278 ENEABBA 30
300 WESTERN FLORA 22
359 DONGARA 59
362 PT DENISON 3
393 S-BEND R/H 34
400 GREENOUGH 7
424 GERALDTON P/O 24
474 NORTHAMPTON 52
511 BINNU 37
523 KALBARRI T/O 12
589 KALBARRI 66
657 BILLABONG R/H 134
702 OVERLANDER R/H 45
735 HAMELIN T/O 33
785 NANGA T/O 50
831 DENHAM 46
856 MONKEY MIA 25

 P/O = POST OFFICE T/O = TURN OFF R/H = ROADHOUSE


PERTH TO GERALDTON (POST OFFICE 424km)

Travel via Midland and the Great Northern Hwy. Join the Brand Highway signposted 1 via Muchea. Travel through some of the State's most productive farming and wildflower country.

 

The Ampol Roadhouse Cataby is open 24 hours for food and fuel. Tel: (096) 512 024.

30 km north of Cataby is the turnoff to Cervantes (left) and the Nambung National Park (Pinnacles) a side trip of 69 km each way.

PINNACLES SIDE TRIP 17 km south of Cervantes is the Nambung (Pinnacles) National Park famous for it's painted desert and hundreds of stark limestone pinnacles formed over 30 thousand years ago. Rejoin the North West Coastal Highway 1.

85km north of the Cervantes turnoff is the town of Eneabba. The Shell Roadhouse Eneabba is open for fuel, food and mechanical repairs until 8.30 pm daily. Tel: (099) 551 183.

22km north of Eneabba look for the sign for Western Flora Wildflower Park. Discount fuel, caravan park and casual accommodation - interesting escorted Wildflower walks during the season. Tel: (099) 552 030.


59 km north of Western Flora - the twin towns of Dongara/Port Denison.

Take time to visit this historic town and its sister Port.

Tune your car radio to Visitor Information Radio 88FM as you approach Dongara for a guide to the history and services available.

Immediately on your right as you enter Dongara are the beautifully restored buildings of The Old East End offering excellent bed and breakfast. Tel: (099) 271 666.

Leave the Brand Highway and take the Town Centre loop. Visit The Coffee Tree on Moreton Terrace for traditional home-made English breakfast, lunch, teas and coffee. Tel: (099) 271 400.

The Dongara Hotel also on Moreton Terrace offers comfortable, air conditioned Motel rooms, pool. Check-ins until 10.00pm or phone ahead on (099) 271 023.

The Dongara Tourist Bureau can be found on Waldeck Street.


PORT DENISON SIDE TRIP Take time to cross the Bridge to Point Leander Drive and visit Port Denison - just 3 km south-west of Dongara. Here you can see the Rock Lobster fishing fleet at anchor. Excellent picnic spot. Re-join the Brand Highway 1. It is 65 km from Dongara to Geraldton Town centre.

Tune your car radio to Visitor Information Radio 88FM as you approach The S-Bend for a guide to the local history and services available in Geraldton.

The S-Bend Caravan Park and Tourist Stop on your left. Gull discount fuel, food, caravan park and casual accommodation. Tel: (099) 264 072.

5 km past the S-Bend is the unique and historic Greenough Hamlet. Restored by the National Trust is well worth a visit and is open every day to visitors.

North of the Hamlet on your left is the turnoff for Greenough River and the Greenough River Resort - offering superb accommodation and meals. Tel: (099) 215 888.


The State's principal coastal town and port city, Geraldton is an ideal stopover point on the journey north - the Geraldton Tourist Bureau can be located at the Bill Sewell Centre on Chapman Road Tel: (099) 213 999.

Casual dining to suit everyone's taste can be enjoyed at The Cuisine Connection Food Hall on Durlacher Street (opposite Fire Station). Six food stalls - Chinese, Indian curries, Mexican, Italian, Steaks & salads, Roasts and Drinks, Coffee and Sweets.

For 24 hour fuel, travellers supplies and friendly driveway service call at Shell Wonthella Service Station on the North West Coastal Highway bypass. Tel: (099) 212 598.

Highway 1 continues north as the North West Coastal Highway through the beautiful undulating farmland of the northern wheatbelt. 50 km north of Geraldton is the historic town of Northampton.

Tune again to Visitor Information Radio 88FM for an interesting guide of local services and attractions in Northampton.


NOTE: Roadside water and fuel supplies are limited north of Northampton. Travellers are advised to obtain supplies before continuing.

Smiffy's Shell Roadhouse on your right as you enter Northampton. Full range of fuels, lubricants and travellers supplies. Home style meals and take-aways, EFTPOS service. Tel: (099) 341 106 - an essential stop.

From Northampton via the North West Coastal Highway 1 it is 37 km to the small town of Binnu - a major grain receival point.

Tune again to Visitor Information Radio 88FM as you approach Binnu for Kalbarri Tourist information.


KALBARRI SIDE TRIP 

12 km north of Binnu is the turnoff (left) to the coastal resort town of Kalbarri (66km) and the fabulous Kalbarri National Park. Well known for the prolific wildflowers and the ancient Gorges of the Murchison River and ocean coastline.

The 66km side trip to Kalbarri Town travels through the heart of the Kalbarri National Park with signposted turnoffs to the river gorges and scenic attractions. The park is managed by the Department of Conservation and Land Management and interpretive materials describing the region may be collected at the Park Ranger's Office or at the Kalbarri Tourist Bureau.

Turn left at the riverfront. As you enter Kalbarri, the Kalbarri Tourist Bureau is 1 km on your left. Stop in for local tour, cruise or accommodation advice. Tel: (099) 371 104.

Tune again to Visitor Information Radio 88FM as you enter Kalbarri Town.

The Kalbarri Palm Resort on Porter Street offers excellent fully self-contained accommodation at affordable prices, cocktail bar and fine dining Restaurant. Tennis - bowls - pool - special sundowner check-in rates. Tel: (099) 372 333.

Kalbarri is home to Australia's finest parrot breeding habitat Rainbow Jungle. This is Kalbarri's MUST DO attraction. Hundreds of exotic native birds in beautiful garden settings, spotlessly clean and educational. Tel: (099) 371 248.

Kalbarri Silver Chain Nursing Association provides 24 hour emergency service and daily clinic. Kalbarri has a resident doctor. Tel: (099) 371 111.

Rejoin North West Coastal Highway 1 66 km.  


KALBARRI TURNOFF TO OVERLANDER ROADHOUSE

 13 km north of the Kalbarri Road is the Galena Bridge crossing the Murchison River, excellent rest area and picnic spot. The road passes through the northern extremes of the wheat belt and enters the pastoral region of the upper Murchison.

NOTE: Care should be taken, especially at night, as most of the road verge is not fenced. Stock and wildlife often stray onto the road. There are numerous cattle grids.

Shell Billabong Roadhouse 134 km north of the Kalbarri turnoff. An ideal place to take a break. Open 24 hours for fuel and food. Tel: (099) 425 919.

156 km north from the Kalbarri Road and 23 km south of the Overlander Roadhouse is Butcher's Track and the turnoff to Wooleen Station (144)km - an authentic Australian Sheep Station on the banks of the upper Murchison River, offering Farmstay Accommodation in a gracious National Trust listed Homestead. Station life involvement and guided tours. Tel: (099) 637 973.

Tune again to Visitor Information Radio 88FM as you approach The Overlander Roadhouse. Open 24 hours.

Turn left at The Overlander for Shark Bay and Monkey Mia via Hamelin - Nanga - Denham. The Shark Bay Way runs north west for 154 km and is the access road to the Shark Bay World Heritage Region. One of the most unique and pristine environments in the World.


NOTE: The Shark Bay Way is not fenced - beware of wildlife and straying stock.

The Shark Bay World Heritage area is managed by the Department of Conservation and Land Management (CALM). Printed interpretive material may be obtained from the Shire Office, the Shark Bay Tourist Information Centre or from the CALM office in Denham.

29 km from The Overlander is the turnoff to Hamelin Pool (6 km) - site of the World's finest display of Stromatolites. These living fossils are formed by minute Cyanobacteria in the saline shallows of Hamelin Pool. The Stromatolites may be easily seen from a special viewing area maintained by CALM and the Shire of Shark Bay.

Before viewing the Stromatolites call at the Old Historic Telegraph Station and view the short video on how Stromatolites are formed. Enjoy the exhibition of memorabilia from the days when the Telegraph Station was vital communication link with the remote north of the State. Meals and cold drinks are available. Tel: (099) 425 905.

85 km from The Overlander is the turnoff to Nanga Bay Holiday Village (3km). Still a working Sheep Station offering Motel, Chalet, Caravan and Camping accommodation with pool, spa, mini mart, restaurant. A proper boat ramp, fuel and animal park. Tel (099) 483 992.

5 km north of the Nanga turnoff is the famous Shell Beach situated on the northern side of the Peron Peninsula. Stretching for many kilometres the beach is made up entirely of countless tiny white seashells, in some places as much as 10 metres deep.

45 km past the Shell Beach is the town of Denham - main town and administration centre of the Shark Bay Shire.

Tune again to Visitor Information Radio 88FM for local Tourist Information.

Denham has a Silver Chain Nursing Post. Tel: (099) 481 213 and is visited regularly by the Flying Doctor.

The Shark Bay Tourist Centre is situated on the Knight Terrace beach front. Open every day for advice on local tours and cruises. Tel: (099) 481 253.


DENHAM TO MONKEY MIA (25km)

The road from Denham to Monkey Mia is well signposted (opposite the Information Bay). Good sealed road. On the left is Little Lagoon - popular picnic and swimming spot. Further on is the entry to the Francois Peron National Park (4-wheel drive vehicles only past The Old Homestead).

Tune again to Visitor Information Radio 88FM as you approach Monkey Mia.


Monkey Mia - home of the World famous Dolphins who for almost 30 years have been visiting the beach every day to interact with visitors. The Department of Conservation and Land Management in association with the Shire of Shark Bay manage a Dolphin Information Centre staffed by Rangers who care for the day-to-day well being of the dolphins. Visit the centre to learn Dolphin etiquette and view the informative video (Park entry fee $5 per person).

Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort situated right on the famous Dolphin Beach. The resort offers a full range of visitor accommodation including Motel style Garden Villas, Park Homes, Canvas Condos, Caravan park, camping and backpackers. A fully licensed Restaurant, Pool, Tennis, Spa. Evening nature talks by the Resort's Resident Naturalist are free and open to all.

Cruise the calm waters of the bay aboard the magnificent 18 metre (60ft) sailing Catamaran "SHOTOVER". Rendezvous with the dolphins and other marine life in the wild or enjoy a sunset cruise from as little a $24 per person. First sailing from the Resort 10.00am every day. Tel: (099) 481 481.

Visit a working Pearl Farm - daily excursions by glass bottom boat depart from the Resort every day at 10.00 am.

The Bough Shed Restaurant on the beach at the Monkey Mia Dolphin resort is open to all visitors. Relax in a superb open-to-the-air setting. Breakfast served from 7.00 am. Lunch, snacks and cappuccino served all day. Local seafood a speciality, cocktail bar open in the evenings. The superb candlelight dinners are prepared by International Chefs.Tel: (099) 481 320.

The Monkey Mia Store and Mini Mart. Everything you need - food, fuel, drinks and holiday wear. Tel: (099) 481 320.

Relax and enjoy your stay at Monkey Mia. Please contact the Resort's Guest Relations Staff for assistance with your holiday planning, local touring and a list of activities.

 Dolphins

The Dolphins of Monkey Mia are wild creatures free to come and go as they please. Whilst it is very rare for them not to visit the beach daily, the Resort makes no guarantee.


This guide is produced using the best data available at the time of going on-line. No responsibility will be taken for accuracy or actions of businesses or services listed herein.

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