Denham is a small town located 831km north of Perth and lies on the Peron Peninsula, making it the most westerly towns in Australia. The town is the commercial centre of the Shark Bay World Heritage region and the gateway to Monkey Mia.
The townsite of Denham was gazetted in 1898 and was known locally as ‘Freshwater Camp’, as it was the only location in Shark Bay with a good supply of fresh water. The town was named by government surveyor, C.M. Denny, after the adjacent Denham Sound. Denham Sound was named after Captain Henry Mangles Denham (Royal Navy hydrographer) who surveyed an area of Shark Bay in the HMS Herald, in 1858. More history of Denham.
Things You May Not Know About Denham
There was a massive protest when they announced the area was to be declared a townsite as the locals feared that health laws would force the closure of the pearling industry. To obtain pearls from the oyster shells the pearlers used pogey pots to dispose of the dead shell fish, creating an atrocious smell.
The streets of Denham were once paved with pearl shells, but they were destroyed when the local Road Board put bitumen over the top.
Must Sees in Denham
The Little Lagoon – The landlocked lagoon features shallow , crystal clear water and BBQ facilities. Evening strolls are popular as you may just spy a shooting star. The lagoon is about 5 kms from the town centre of Denham.
Denham Wind Farm – Over half the town’s electricity is supplied by the Denham Wind Farm.
The Francois Peron National Park at the northern extreme of Peron Peninsula was originally a pastoral/sheep station which relied on artesian bores to supply much needed water to the livestock. The 580m deep artesian bore at the Peron homestead has been developed into a hot tub and is open for the public to use. Please note if you plan to venture further than the homestead you will need a 4WD.