Shark Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located on the coast in the northwest of Western Australia, and is popular with tourists for its marina life -- in particular, the bottlenose dolphin, which can be spotted off the coast of Shark Bay throughout the year.
Shark Bay is made up of several reserves and parks, including Francois Peron National Park, Shark Bay Marine Park, Hamelin Pool Marine Nature Reserve, Shell Beach, and Dirk Hartog Island. There are many walking and cycling trails within all these reserves and parks. Trail maps can be obtained from tourist information centers, ranger centers, from some Shark Bay hostels and hotels, and downloaded from government and park websites. There are many opportunities for native Australian wildlife sightings within the parks and reserves. There are also some amazing, white sandy beaches, with some stunning sunsets.
There are many accommodation options within and around Shark Bay. Tent camping and Shark Bay hostels are the most popular budget options. Shark Bay hostels are of a high standard, with Wi-Fi or internet access; large spacious rooms and common areas, usually including a fully equipped kitchen; and access to hot water, lockers, and free tourist information. Facilities are usually well maintained, clean, and modern. The atmosphere in Shark Bay hostels is usually very social and friendly. Some Shark Bay hostels also have a hostel bar, with daily happy hour and some entertainment. Alcohol tends to be very expensive in Australia, particularly in Western Australia. If on a budget and wanting to drink, it is worth finding a Shark Bay hostel that allows you to bring your own alcohol.
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