Camping with the Shire of shark Bay is restricted. Permission must be obtained from the shire office either by telephone (08 9948 1218) or in person, during office hours (8am-4pm M-F). Other services including email, police licensing and a small library are also available at the Shire Office. Those people found camping without authorisation will incur a $1000 fine.
There are 4 designated camping areas controlled by the Shire. All sites are 2WD, dirt road, access and suitable for caravans. They are:
Eagle Bluff can be found 18-20 km south from Denham. Camping is available on the top of the bluff or down at the nearby laggon. A boardwalk lies over the ocean where you can see the osprey or sea eagles flying around, dugongs feeding on massive sea grass meadows and the Useless Loop salt pile. The waters are filled with colourful species of coral and fish such as whiting and mullet, lots of sharks so it is great for snorkelling. In 1858 Captain H.M. Denham carved the inscription on a rock at Eagle Bluff. This rock is now placed in Pioneer Park in the township of Denham.
Fowlers Camp is approximately 22km from Denham. This site offers some protection from the wind for those in tents. It offers good beach fishing as well as a small mangrove island.
Whalebone is approximately 25km from Denham. This site offers easily accessible flat sites ideal for caravans only a short distance from the beach.
Goulet Bluff is approximately 36km from Denham and a short distance down the road from Shell Beach.
There are no facilities at the above mentioned campsites and campers must obey the following rules:
* All rubbish is to be removed from the campsite
* All human waste is to be buried
* Chemical toilets are not be emptied at the sites
* Open fires are not permitted
* Vegetation is not to be removed
* Vehicles are to drive on designated tracks
Fresh water is not available at the campsites but can be obtained from the Water Corporation tanks located on the Monkey Mia Road turnoff. These tanks are coin operated.
During wet weather visitors to the Shire are advised to contact the shire office, to check on road conditions prior to travelling on unsealed roads.