Marine Facilities

The Department of Transport's website has helpful information on Marine Facilities in Denham including the Denham Boating Guide with Maps, Cyclone Community Information Sheet and Vessel Accommodation Information.  Please click here to view this page.

Boat Launching  

Boat ramps suitable for launching large boats are located in Denham, Monkey Mia and Nanga Bay Resort. Small boats can be launched off the beach at Bottle Bay, South Gregories and Herald Bight in Francois Peron National Park and Shelter Bay in the Edel Land National Park (near Steep Point). 

Vessel Accommodation

All visitors should contact the Department of Transport's Carnarvon Office prior to arrival to ensure suitable facilities are available and to receive the relevant documentation and facilitate payment.  

Phone: 08 9216 8230 or email

Marine Rescue Radio Channels 

  • 27mHz Channel 88
  • VHF Channel 16
  • Emergency Use Only VMR 675 or SB001

Some important things to consider while engaging in boating activities in the Shark Bay Area: 

  • Shark Bay often experiences strong southerly winds in the summer months. Always check conditions before heading out.
  • Shark Bay’s waters are generally shallow, so keeled boats can have difficulty navigating in many areas.
  • Boat access is restricted in certain areas to protect sensitive habitats
  • Anchors cause severe damage to coral and seagrass and should only be used in bare sand
  • Please help to protect our native wildlife by reducing speed around dugongs, turtles and whales. 
  • Always keep at least 50m from dugongs and turtles, 100m from whales and do not go within 30 degrees either side of their direction of travel

There are no cyclone rated berthing or mooring facilities in Denham.  Use of jetties and pens at the Denham Maritime Facility is not considered to be a safe practice during a cyclone event and Masters and Owners need to make alternative arrangements for their vessels (Including dinghies). 

Please click here to view the Department of Transport's Cyclone Community Information Sheet for the Denham Maritime Facility.

Fish Cleaning 

The Shire has provided two fish cleaning stations at the west end of Knight Terrace. Blue Offal bins are also provided. 

Fresh water is available for cleaning fish only. Water is very precious in Denham so please don't take advantage of the water supply.