Monkey Mia Dolphin Playground

A road trip to Western Australia’s Shark Bay World Heritage region is always an adventure. The blue skies, aqua waters, vibrant red earth, and extraordinary marine wildlife make this region world class.

Monkey Mia is tucked into the eastern shore of the Peron Peninsula in the Francois Peron National Park. Monkey Mia is not on the way to anywhere but it is a destination worth visiting.

I have driven the 850 kms north, from Perth to Monkey Mia two years in a row to volunteer with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA), Dolphin Experience. Both trips took place during the October school holidays. The DBCA in Monkey Mia require volunteers all year round, with their peak periods being school holidays. More about that later!

The Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort caters to all classes of traveller. In 2019 the resort was awarded the Silver WA Tourism Award for caravan and holiday parks. The accommodation options include 120 caravan and camping sites, dormitory style accommodation and beach-front villas.

Many tourists stop at the RAC Dolphin Resort for a night or drive out to see the dolphins without staying. It’s one of those places where people set down briefly before continuing their way to Exmouth or Perth

Having only ever camped at Monkey Mia in a tent, I would describe the camping facilities as first class. The camp kitchens are beautifully equipped with fridges, ovens, toasters and microwaves. The shower blocks and toilet facilities are clean and well maintained. There is even a TV and free access to Wi-Fi. One might describe the experience as glamping!

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