If you’re heading to Shark Bay for a quick holiday or an extended stay, a great option for accommodation is the Bay Lodge YHA. It’s inexpensive, friendly and super close to everything in Denham, and it’s right across the road from the beach!
The self-contained units are air-conditioned and include a bathroom with toilet, a fully equipped kitchen and TV area. Dorm rooms branch off from the common area of the unit, and each room has about 5 beds.
Outside the units is a brilliant outdoor area that includes a swimming pool with regular pool competitions, a huge BBQ area and an aviary full of cockatiels and parrots. There is also a 24 hr internet cafe and guest laundry.
Bay Lodge also offers a free shuttle bus to Monkey Mia so you can meet the friendly dolphins as they come in for a morning munch.
The closest activity is literally across the road – THE BEACH! Go for a swim, enjoy snorkelling, or fish for your dinner at the town jetty. The Bay Lodge can also arrange a spot for you on a local fishing charter boat.
The Supermarket – There is an IGA about 150 metres down the road and another supermarket on the other side of town.
The Shark Bay Hotel – the westernmost pub in Australia is only 600 metres from the hostel – ideal stumbling/crawling distance!
François Péron National Park
A 5 minute drive north, past the Little Lagoon, will bring you this fantastic national park, but you can’t truly enjoy the natural beauty unless you traverse the 4WD track to Cape Péron. If you don’t have an offroad vehicle, contact Ocean Park about their tours through François Péron National Park.
This renowned tourist attraction is only 30 minues east by car. Get there by 7:30am to see the dolphins come in for breakfast.
To the south of Denham is a fantastic opportunity to meet the kinds of animals that inhabit Shark Bay. Turtles, tropical fish, sea snakes and sharks – Ocean Park is an great learning experience for everyone!
About 45 minutes south is Shell Beach, which is made up of tiny cockle shells that stretch along the coastline for about 120km. This is a great place to spend the afternoon, sunbaking and swimming.
Hamelin Pool and the mysterious Stromatolites
Hamelin Pool is the home of stromatolites, ancient bacterial organisms that have grown over thousands of years. The turn off is about 26km west of the Overlander Roadhouse.
This is a massive trip that is best done over two days. The drive to Shelter Bay and Steep Point takes about 3 hours and is only accessible by 4WD vehicles. See the ranger about a camp spot, try your luck with a bit of fishing and get a sense of being at the edge of the world at the westernmost point of Australia. Check out our post on Steep Point.
Bay Lodge YHA is located on the main street of Denham at 113 Knight Terrace.
FreeCall: 1800 812 780
Phone: (08) 9948 1278
To make a booking or enquiry, go to the YHA Australia website.