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Monkey Mia & the Central West/Australia

Introducing Monkey Mia & the Central West

The sunny Central West Coast extends north from the seaside fishing towns of Dongara-Port Denison on the Batavia Coast through splendid Shark Bay to fertile Carnarvon and the arid Gascoyne region. It’s an enormous area incorporating scenery as varied as rugged coastline, rolling green country, craggy bushland and tropical plantations.

The windswept Batavia Coast and fishing town of Geraldton is beloved by windsurfers and anglers. Sunworshippers are happier heading to the beaches of Monkey Mia or Kalbarri, which has the added attraction of a stunning national park surrounding it, with deep river gorges and steep sea cliffs, awash with wonderful wildflowers in spring.

Shark Bay’s World Heritage listing recognises its unique natural conditions – pristine turquoise waters, submerged seagrass meadows, and prolific marine life and wildlife. Famous for Monkey Mia’s visiting dolphins and its large dugong population, and, more significantly for geologists, its ancient stromatolites, the area also has a rich Aboriginal history and culture that’s equally as precious.