The small town of Monkey Mia on the Shark Bay Peninsula, about 10 hours’ drive north of Perth, is synonymous with the wild dolphins that visit every day to be fed. It’s a unique and special experience — but Monkey Mia has so much more to offer. You can spot dugongs, take a camel ride, or soar over the coastline in a small plane.
The big attraction, of course, is feeding the wild dolphins. The dolphins are fed three times a day between 9am and 12pm. The process is strictly controlled for the wellbeing of the dolphins. Each dolphin only receives a set number of fish, and the rangers pick a limited number of people from the crowd to enter the water and feed them. For the best chance of being one of the lucky few, stick around for the later feeds when the crowds are smaller.
If you’re hankering to spot other creatures, you’re practically guaranteed to see emus and pelicans. Frequent cruises trawl the waters around Monkey Mia, making it more likely to see dugongs, sharks and turtles.
Take a second boat ride to visit Blue Lagoon Pearls, a pioneering black and coloured pearl farm. The tour includes an explanation of the area’s historical pearling industry as well as the details of pearl cultivation. End the day by admiring the exquisite pearl jewellery in the shop.
Stretch your legs on an Aboriginal Cultural Walk. These guided bushwalks are fascinating and educational. You’ll learn about local Aboriginal culture and history, as well as how to identify native flora and fauna. Some tours end with fresh-caught fish cooked on hot coals.
If you’d rather someone (or something) else do the work, take a beachfront camel ride. All ages will enjoy the guided rides along Monkey Mia beach.
For a panoramic overview of Monkey Mia and Shark Bay, nothing beats the view from the air. Shark Bay Scenic Flights offers aerial tours of the area. You’ll be surprised what you can spot from up above: rays, sharks, turtles and dugong are all regularly seen, as well as lofty views of the many reefs.
Enjoy two nights in Monkey Mia as part of the 16-day RACQ Escorted Western Wonderland Tour from $5199pp twin share. Visit RACQ Travel or contact one of our friendly travel consultants on 1300 096 166.
Image credits include: Tourism Western Australia.