Eagle Bluff is 20 kilometres south of Denham in Francois Peron National Park, in the Coral Coast region of Western Australia. Eagle Bluff features a spectacularly high cliff overlooking the turquoise waters of Denham Sound. The name, Eagle Bluff comes from the osprey or sea eagles that build their nests on the rock-based Eagle Island offshore.
The impressive Eagle Bluff boardwalk extends out over the ocean and along with the Eagle Bluff lookout, provides the perfect vantage point to spot a variety of fascinating sea creatures. It’s not unusual to see sharks, rays, dugongs, and turtles, while keen fishermen lure the abundant whiting and mullet swimming in the warm, shallow waters.
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The township of Denham, 20 minutes from Eagle Bluff was named in honour of Captain Henry Mangles Denham who spent three months charting Shark Bay in 1858. His hydrographical survey was the longest-running ever commissioned by the Royal Navy and was in part an effort to find alternative locations for convict settlements.
Today, Denham and Eagle Bluff are popular destinations with plenty to explore on land, and safe swimming spots to get up close to marine life. Fishing also reaps rewards with the abundance of mulloway, tailor, bream, flathead, and whiting.
The clear, turquoise waters of Eagle Bluff are ideal for snorkelling and the deeper channel waters contain many colourful species of coral. The Eagle Bluff boardwalk offers views of two small limestone islands situated just offshore. The larger of the two is Eagle Island and both were once mined for guano but are now important bird breeding colonies.
Both Eagle Bluff and Denham attract a wide variety of bird species, and most are easy to spot. At Eagle Bluff, the osprey, wedge-tailed shearwater, cormorants, oystercatchers, gulls and terns, and rock parrots have all been enjoyed by birdwatchers, photographers, and visitors alike.
Bird species found in and around Denham include waders, wood sandpipers and several duck species, while the islands in the area are home to osprey and white-bellied sea eagles. During the winter months, Denham hosts feathered visitors such as the Australasian gannet, Wilson’s storm petrel and sometimes the Indian yellow-nosed albatross.
As well as Eagle Bluff and Denham, there are many fascinating natural wonders to visit while in the World Heritage Shark Bay Area. Tours from Denham take you to meet the friendly dolphins at Monkey Mia, view the ancient stromatolites at Hamelin Pool and stroll along the unique beach on Shell Island.
Eagle Bluff is a 10-hour drive north of Perth and is 20 kilometres south of Denham. It sits within Francois Peron National Park in the World Heritage Shark Bay Area in the Coral Coast region of Western Australia.
Eagle Bluff is named after the osprey or sea eagles that nest on islands located in the area.
Yes! You can enter the water from the beach on the eastern side of the bluff to swim or snorkel in the clear, shallow waters and meet interesting marine life.
From the boardwalk that runs the length of Eagle Bluff, you can often spot dugongs, rays, turtles, and sharks in the warm, shallow waters. Shark species include the interestingly named Nervous Shark, Lemon Shark, and Shovel Nose Ray. Over the summer months, dugongs can be seen as they come closer to shore to feed on the extensive seagrass meadows.
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