Shark Bay World Heritage Area

Shark Bay in Western Australia is a heritage listed area since 1991 thanks to  three exceptional natural features:

  • its vast sea-grass beds, which are the largest (4,800 km2) and richest in the world;
  • its dugong (‘sea cow’) population; 
  • and its stromatolites (colonies of algae which form hard, dome-shaped deposits and are among the oldest forms of life on earth). 

Shark Bay is also home to five species of endangered mammals.

You can learn more about Shark Bay's world heritage on:

  • UNESCO website - where you can also view the complete list of all heritage areas and places around the world.
  • Department of Parks and Wildlife website - where you can find more information on Shark Bay.

Our World Heritage Neighbourhood

The Gascoyne region is truly special having two World Heritage areas in close proximity - the Ningaloo Coast and Shark Bay. Both sites are renowned for their incredible natural environments, wildlife and wilderness tourism experiences.  

For more information on the Ningaloo Coast Heritage Area click the following link http://www.exmouth.wa.gov.au/home.aspx

You can learn more about the Ningaloo Coast World Heritage on the UNESCO website http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1369 . Here you can also view the complete list of all world heritage areas and places around the world.