We operate in a sustainable manner minimising our impact on native species and ecological communities. We have adopted the following protocols.
We are committed to the protection and preservation of the Shark Bay World Heritage Area which covers 2.2 million hectares of the coast of Western Australia. The area encompasses some of Australia’s most amazing natural assets and is one of the world’s most unique eco systems. Its colourful and diverse landscape are home to an abundance of animals and plants, some of which are found nowhere else on earth!
The regions vast seagrass meadows feed and shelter globally endangered species. Complex interactions between these plants, the climate and the marine environment have allowed unusual ‘living fossils’ – stromatolites, to thrive much as they did at the dawn of time.
Shark Bay’s extraordinary natural riches are of outstanding global significance, and Shark Bay has been inscribed on the World Heritage List for if natural beauty, biological diversity, ecological processes and earth’s history.
It is understood that Aboriginal people have lived in Shark Bay for over 30 000 years and some descendants of the original inhabitants – the Malgana Aboriginal people still live in the area today.
Dirk Hartog, a Dutch explorer dropped anchor off what is now known as Dirk Hartog Island in 1616, and was the first recorded landing of a European in Australia.
Shark Bay was first settled by Europeans in the 1850’s and became an important centre for pioneer industries during the colonial days. Activities such as mining, pastoralism and pearling helped shape the cultural history of Shark Bay. Fishing has been the economic mainstay since the early twentieth century and more recently, tourism has emerged as a dominant industry – since the area’s spectacular natural assets have become more widely known.
There are currently about 130 Aboriginal heritage sites in Shark Bay. There are a good selection of tours operated by Aboriginal people in the area who give a great insight into Aboriginal history and the significance of the area. There is evidence of early occupation at a number of locations including midden (large scatters of discarded shells, bone and other food related artefacts), quarries, rock shelters and burial sites.
Bottlenose Dolphin: yinabuga
Shark Bay: Gutharraguda
Monkey Mia: Irrabuga