Origin of the name
The origin of Monkey Mia’s name is not really known. Some derive it from the schooner Monkey which supposedly anchored in Shark Bay in 1834 and the Aboriginal word mia for “house” or “home”, hence “Home of the Monkey”. But it is not sure that the Monkey ever anchored here! Another theory tells us that a pearling boat once had a monkey aboard as a mascot. Do you know another theory?
The Aboriginal name for the Shark Bay region is Catharrugudu, meaning ‘Two Bays’.
Shark Bay is actually no place on its own, but a region on the west coast of Australia. It comprises the town Denham and the tourist resort Monkey Mia as well as the Cape Péron National Park.
Population: depends on tourist season. Distance from Perth: 856 kms.