This map contains natural and constructed features including road infrastructure, vegetation, hydrography, contours (interval 50m), localities and administrative boundaries for the Francois Peron National Park and Shark Bay Marine Park, both inclusive of a World Heritage Area.
The reverse side of the map depicts the same area using a satellite image with an overlay of major roads, tourism features and facilities as well as insets featuring the towns of Carnarvon and Denham.
The remote Shark Bay World Heritage Area in Western Australia is ideal for visitors interested in discovering unique and diverse wildlife and observing nature at its best. There are 34 species of mammals, 120 species of reptiles and more than 245 species of land-based, wading and migratory birds that live along the shoreline. It is also an important area for the reintroduction of threatened species.
Shark Bay has the largest area of seagrass (over 4000 square kilometres) and twelve seagrass species – the most recorded in any one place in the world. Hamelin Pool contains the most diverse and abundant examples of stromatolites in the world. Stromatolites, which are evidence of one of the oldest life forms on Earth, first appeared some 3 500 million years ago.
Francois Peron National Park covers approximately 52 500 hectares in the northern part of the Peron Peninsula. The National Park, which has become one of the most important natural areas in Australia, and is home to many rare and endangered species, is under the care of the Western Australian Department of Environment and Conservation.
The Department of Environment and Conservation contributed information during the compilation of the map. Information was also supplied by Australian Government agencies, including the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts.