August Newsletter featuring Monkey Mia and Shark Bay

August Newsletter featuring Monkey Mia and Shark Bay

Well, what a busy July. If you felt like it was a lot busier on our services than usual, you wouldn't be wrong! We have been so busy taking bookings, offering assistance and information, setting itineraries and generally keeping up our exceptional customer service (even if I do say so myself hehe) that July has come and gone in the blink of an eye. Our awesome drivers have once again just stepped up and run each service smoothly, even when the curve balls are coming at them. Holiday makers have really  taken the opportunity to rediscover WA and remind ourselves what a beautiful big backyard we have.

Monkey Mia Dolphin - Credit Tourism Wa

Shark Bay and Monkey Mia

Tourist season or not, there are few places that remain a popular destination all year round. Monkey Mia and the Shark Bay area definitely fits the bill here.

There is no definitive answer when it comes to how Monkey Mia got its name, but here is a couple of suggestions; Mia meaning the Aboriginal term for home or shelter and Monkey is allegedly derived from a pearling boat called "Monkey" that anchored at the now, Monkey Mia in the late 19th century. Interestingly, research also stated that the most likely origin of the name, is that it was included in a list of Aboriginal names and their meanings supplied by the Geraldton Police Station in around 1899! The meaning of the name is given as "Salt, or bad water", or after the pet monkeys owned by early Malay pearlers who camped at the location. 

However the name come about, it is one very popular tourist destination attracting roughly 100,000 visitors per year. While not specifically for the wild dolphin experience, they are certainly a draw card as it is one a few locations where you can see and get close to wild dolphins with the possibility of feeding one. It is also the location for extensive behavioural and biological research on bottlenose dolphins by marine biologists, who have had a research project there, since 1982.

Visitors to the area can learn a lot about these loveable creatures at the Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery & Visitor Centre , which provides information not only about the dolphins, but other features of the surrounding Shark Bay Marine Park in the interpretation display, or from the movie playing in the air-conditioned theatrette.

Wula Gura Eco Cultural Adventures Logo

Something I would love to do one day, is learn about the traditional culture from local guides at Wula Guda Nyinda Adventure Tours, who offer unique cultural experiences.  Wula Gura Nyinda conduct a range of non-strenuous ‘on Country’ tours based in this spectacular location, exploring the ancient cultural ties of the region’s first people (Nhanda and Malgana Aboriginal People), to the place they call ‘Gutharraguda’. Visitors can also walk the Wulyibidi Yaninyina trail to further explore the area.

There are so many attractions available in this area ranging from:

·         Dirk Hartog Island

·         Fishing

·         Kayaking

·         Quad Bikes

·         Scenic Flights

·         Snorkelling and Diving

·         Wildlife and Sunset Cruises

·         Whale watching

·         Kite Surfing

·         Camel Rides

So if you’re feeling fit, grab your paddle and go for a kayak or pick up the snorkeling gear and dive into the great unknown to look at the magnificent ocean life beneath the waves. For those lazier days when your feet just won’t do the walking, book a cruise and watch the sunset, put on your helmet and quad bike your way along the dunes or grab some line and tackle, pick a spot (outside of sanctuary areas) and cast a line.

Shark Bay Camel Rides - credit website

For the ultimate travel around Shark Bay, why not book a camel ride! Much loved members of the team, the camels are well looked after and are more than happy to take you on a Camel Safari!

Contact the team at Shark Bay Camel Safaris, maybe they can give you a gorgeous make over, just like this beauty as seen on their website! What a fun way to spend the day!

Shark Bay Thong Shack - Credit Australias Coral Coast

Forget about the love lock bridge in Paris, how about the Thong Shack in Denham!

Here, you will find a memorial and salute to our good ole Aussie icon, the thong!

Visitors have donated their pluggers to decorate the shack. Seriously, can you get any more Aussie than that?

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Be in the draw to win a 3000km Hop on Hop off Pass.  
See below for how you can be in with the chance to win your own 3000km Hop on Hop off Pass with Integrity Coach Lines.

3000km Hop on Hop off Pass Competition

Want a free ride to your next holiday destination?

Pop on over to our website and enter into our competition to win a 3000km Hop on Hop off Pass valued at $395!!!!

Winner will be notified at the beginning of September.

Posted: 11/08/2020 3:14:24 PM by Sharon Graham | 1 comments

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