Remote area travel
Shark Bay is remote - Monkey Mia and some other places are accessible by 2WD but access to much of the area requires a 4WD or boat.
If you travel independently make sure you're familiar with all the advice and references for further information in the KNOW section (particularly 'getting around', 'safety' and 'travelling in the remote') and on 4WD and adventure motorcycling. Away from parks and main roads, you may need the permission of traditional custodians (go to Department of Aboriginal Affairs) or pastoral station managers (go to Department of Regional Development and Lands) for access.
There are a number of companies licensed to offer tours by 4WD, air and boat in Shark Bay.
Though not usually present, the potentially lethal box jelly fish and irukandji do sometimes appear in the area. They are most likely to be found from November until April. Stinger suits may protect the parts of the body they cover. If you are stung, douse liberally with vinegar and seek urgent medical advice.
For more information on the area, including itineraries and a virtual tour, go to
Shark Bay World Heritage Area