Superlative natural phenomena or areas of exceptional natural beauty and aesthetic importance

Shark Bay contains unique, rare and superlative natural phenomena and formations and features of exceptional natural beauty, including:

  • Hamelin Pool, the only place in the world with a range of stromatolite forms comparable to the fossil record
  • Wooramel Seagrass Bank, part of one of the few marine areas dominated by carbonates and also the largest seagrass meadow in the world
  • a diversity of landscapes formed by aridity – peninsulas, islands and bays
  • exceptional coastal scenery at Zuytdorp Cliffs, Dirk Hartog Island, Peron Peninsula, Heirisson and Bellefin Prongs
  • wide sweeping beaches of shells at Lharidon Bight
  • great natural beauty of inundated birridas such as Big Lagoon
  • strongly contrasting colours of Peron Peninsula dunes and cliffs
  • abundance of marine fauna – dugongs, dolphins, sharks, rays, turtles and fish
  • extensive annual wildflower displays associated with rich flora.
Zuytdorp Cliffs south of Steep Point
Zuytdorp Cliffs south of Steep Point