Next stop...📍Monkey Mia
Today we head South along the Coral Coast to Monkey Mia. Monkey Mia Reserve is on the eastern shore of Peron Peninsula in the Shark Bay World Heritage Area, about 850kms north of Perth.
On our way to Monkey Mia we’ll stop at Hamelin Pool and Shell Beach, two popular attractions also found in WA’s Shark Bay World Heritage Area. Hamelin Pool is one of very few places on Earth where you can see ancient fossils known as Stromatolites - the oldest record of life on Earth! As the name suggests, Shell Bay is solely made up of trillions of tiny snow-white shells (no grains of sand here!), stretching more than 70km!
From here it’s around a 45min drive to Monkey Mia - famous for the wild, bottlenose dolphins that visit the shallow waters here every day. The dolphins usually visit the shore up to 3 times a day to interact with humans as they have done for over 40 years. As you wade ankle-deep into the shallows you can feed the dolphins in their natural habitat. The feeding is under supervision to ensure the dolphins are only fed a small portion of their daily diet so that they’re not discouraged from hunting, socialising with other dolphins, or doing any of their other normal behaviours. If you have the time (4+ days), you can volunteer to help the rangers around Monkey Mia Reserve to collect dolphin data, feed dolphins and pelicans and look after the beachfront.
Along with dolphins, Monkey Mia is home to whales, manta rays, turtles, sharks, a huge array of fish and 10% of the world’s dugongs, which you can spot while snorkelling, scuba diving or on a glass-bottomed boat tour. Visit the nearby Dirk Hartog Island on a day tour to see these species and more, or bring your own four wheel drive to take you to places rarely seen, camp on secluded beaches, and discover the landing site of Captain Dirk Hartog, the first recorded landing of a European in Western Australia.
Photo by @bobbybense
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