Australian Marine Parks

Shark Bay Marine Park is the ocean gateway to Shark Bay.

It is an area renowned for:

  • vast seagrass meadows (the largest and most species diverse in the world)
  • dugongs (more than 10,000 animals, the largest population in the world)
  • stromatolites (among the oldest life forms on Earth).

You can also find amazing diving, fishing and wildlife encounters.

The marine park connects the inshore waters of Shark Bay with deeper ocean waters. It protects important habitat for:

  • shallow water snapper
  • fairy terns
  • roseate terns
  • wedge-tailed shearwaters
  • loggerhead turtles.

Humpback whales and pygmy blue whales travel through the area on migration.

The Gnulli and Malgana people have responsibilities for sea country in the marine park.

Shark Bay Marine Park is 60 kilometres from Carnarvon, adjacent to Shark Bay World Heritage site and the Western Australian Shark Bay Marine Park. It covers 7443 square kilometres, with depths from 15 metres to 220 metres.

The marine park is a Multiple Use Zone.

Explore

You can discover the amazing marine life in Shark Bay by:

  • joining a snorkel or dive tour
  • taking a fishing charter
  • paddling on a kayak above the seagrass meadows
  • meeting the dolphins at Monkey Mia.

Many activities are based in the adjacent Western Australian Shark Bay Marine Park.

Discover

There are 20 known historic shipwrecks in Shark Bay Marine Park.

You can find out more about Australia’s historic shipwrecks on the Department of Environment and Energy’s website.

Click on the map below to see what you can do in the Shark Bay Marine Park.

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Park area

7,443 km²

Depth range

15 to 220 m

Average depth

95 m