Monkey Mia is world-renowned for its friendly dolphins which visit its shores almost daily.

Monkey Mia is a conservation park area that's a must-visit destination for families and nature lovers alike. Best known as home to the Monkey Mia dolphins, famous for their ritual of swimming to shore most days to interact with humans, and who attract thousands of people to Australia's Shark Bay region each year, Monkey Mia is also the perfect place to unwind and to discover the wonders of the surrounding area.

Access to the conservation park is subject to a Reserve fee - this is different to a National Park pass. You can also learn more about these fascinating Monkey Mia dolphins at the Dolphin Information Centre, the proceeds of which support WA’s Monkey Mia Appeal Trust.

Scenic flights allow you to explore the Shark Bay area on a flight over the coastal area. There are ample opportunities to see sharks, rays and turtles, perhaps even humpback whales and the elusive dugongs. Watch the cliffs of Francois Peron National Park glow red and orange with a late afternoon flight at sunset. Flights depart from Monkey Mia Airport with a variety of tours on offer.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Where is Monkey Mia?

Monkey Mia Reserve is located on the eastern shore of the Peron Peninsula, 23km from the town of Denham, in the UNESCO Shark Bay World Heritage Area.

Monkey Mia aerial panoramic

How do I get there?

You can drive or fly! Monkey Mia is 847km north of Perth, or just under 9 hours' drive along the Coral Coast Highway.

Alternatively, Regional Express Airlines fly between Perth and Shark Bay Airport. It is a 15 minute drive from the Airport to Monkey Mia.

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Why is it called Monkey Mia when it's home to dolphins?

Good question! It is an unusual name and many Shark Bay locals debate its origin. The Mia part comes from an Aboriginal term for home. Many believe that the Monkey refers to the name of a ship which visited the area, while others believe it refers to pet monkeys that Malaysian pearl farmers (who worked in the area during the 1850s) would have.

Monkey Mia Dolphin Experience

How does the dolphin experience work?

Between four and seven dolphins visit the shore for daily feedings, with Rangers providing them with less than 10% of their total daily intake requirements to ensure they continue to hunt and behave in a wild manner. The feedings take place up to 3 times each morning, between 07:45am and 12 midday.

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