Denham Maritime Facility upgrades

Works to transform the town foreshore were completed prior to the 'Dirk Hartog - Voyage of Discovery: Shark Bay 1616' celebrations in October 2016.

  Project status

Upgrade works for the Denham DoT Maritime Facility consisting of a 20 metre extension to the service jetty, new jinker jetty, car and trailer parking area upgrades, new fuel facility, toilet and services upgrades and all associated marine infrastructure, are now completed.

Works to transform the town foreshore were completed prior to the 'Dirk Hartog - Voyage of Discovery: Shark Bay 1616' celebrations in October 2016.

  Project overview

The Denham DoT Facility upgrade works is part of a $6.1m project to revitalise the Denham town site, through the Gascoyne Revitalisation Plan.

Planned upgrades to the Denham maritime facility include:

  • A 20 metre extension to the existing Service Jetty.
  • Refurbishment of the existing revetment along the DoT maritime facility foreshore.
  • Refurbishment of the existing jinker slipway.
  • Upgrades to the car and trailer parking areas to create line marked parking facilities.
  • Upgrades to associated coastal and marine infrastructure.


In 2015, Royalties for Regions funding was provided to the Shire of Shark Bay to implement staged upgrades to the Denham town site and foreshore.

The revitalisation of Denham was timed to also tie in with the 400th anniversary of Dutch explorer Dirk Hartog's landing off Shark Bay on the Western Australian coast, which will kick off with a series of community events and celebrations in October 2016.

The anniversary celebrations will include a commemorative ocean journey by a replica Dutch ship of the era, the Duyfken, along the Western Australian coast to Denham, which is expected to be one of the highlights of the celebrations. The Duyfken will then moor in Shark Bay at the Denham service jetty for the period of the commemoration for public tours.

The Denham foreshore is a key focal point for the town and the new look will provide vibrant public spaces that cater for a wide range of community, tourism and commercial needs. This $6.1 million project will revamp the town centre and provide new facilities and amenities in the main Denham town site and foreshore, balancing the area's rich history with new development while maintaining Shark Bay's world heritage values.

The Denham foreshore redevelopment will be delivered as a joint effort by the Shire of Shark Bay and the Department of Transport, and specifically comprises upgrades to the town centre and Town Square Areas (Stage 1B), Gordon Peters Park (Stage 5) and DoT Marina Area (Stage 1A).

Stages 1B and 5 of the revitalisation plan are being delivered by the Shire of Shark Bay as part of a design and construct contract, while Stage 1A is to be delivered by the Department of Transport.

  Denham foreshore revitalisation concept plan

  Photos of the Denham Maritime Facility (current)

  Photos of the Denham Maritime Facility (previous)

  Related projects

Denham Recreational Jetty replacement

The replacement of the Denham Recreational Jetty is complete, with the jetty reopened to the public since September 2015.

Facts and figures

  • $2.2m in funding for the Recreational Jetty Replacement project was provided through the State's Royalties for Regions Funding Scheme Works.
  • The 100 year old timber jetty had historical significance to the area, however was reaching the end of its useful life.
  • Works on replacement of the jetty was completed in September 2015, and was delivered by Advanteering Civil Engineers.
  • The new recreational jetty is a multi-use concrete deck structure on steel piles, extending 90 metres outwards from shore.
  • The eastern side of the jetty is a designated no boating area, reserved for recreational activities such as swimming and fishing.
  • The western side of the jetty consists of 6 mooring pens suitable for vessels up to 18 metres in length, and a casual berth for vessels up to 30 metres in length.
  • An event to commemorate the opening of the jetty and the launch of the Dirk Hartog celebrations was held on 25 October 2015 with the Premier in attendance.
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