Shark Bay was first settled by Europeans in the 1850s and became an important centre for pioneer industries during Western Australia’s colonial days. Activities such as guano mining, pearling and pastoralism meant Shark Bay played a significant role in the social and economic development of the remote regions of the State. These activities also helped shape the cultural history of Shark Bay.
In more recent times tourism has emerged as a major enterprise – and one completely dependent on Shark Bay’s unique natural values. The tourism industry is increasingly managed from a conservation perspective, ensuring visitors to the Shark Bay World Heritage Area continue to have a world-class experience. Learn more about tourism, conservation and the future of Shark Bay here.