We did a bit of a reconnaissance drive around the town to see the layout of the land. Denham is a beautiful beachside town, smaller than I was expecting. We started off doing a main road drive and then headed down the beach to take a walk.
The beaches here are quite shallow and the water is a spectacular colour although this wasn’t really showing up in the photos. There are two boat ramps in the main street and they have dug out a channel for the boats to be able to launch and then drive out to the ocean. There is also a swimming area with a pontoon and diving boards. A fantastic playground is also on the main road for little ones, in the shape of a ship wreck.
We have found that the best place to start is to go into the Information Centre and find out what the recommended sites are to visit while in town and to collect some brochures of things that interest you. So this was where we headed next.
I was keen to check out Monkey Mia which is about 28km from Denham on the other side of the peninsula. We were surprised when we got there that it is a Reserve and you need to pay $12 per adult to enter. I thought that the $12 was to attend the dolphin feeding, but it is actually to enter the reserve. There is a boat ramp there, so we drove over to the boat ramp to have a look. It is a really beautiful spot and while we were there we saw a beautiful big green turtle swimming along the shore. You can hire kayaks here and I am keen to come back and do that for one day. The water was so much calmer on this side of the peninsula compared to Denham. Be aware that there are Stonefish in the area so wear water shoes to protect your feet from stepping on them. If you do tread on a Stonefish they are highly venomous and you need to seek medical treatment as the complications can be severe.