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Hamelin Pool Marine Nature Reserve

Hamelin Pool Road, Shark Bay | Gascoyne Region, Denham, Western Australia 6536, Australia
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Ranked #13 of 18 Attractions in Denham
Type: Geologic Formations, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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Type: Geologic Formations, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

The attraction here are the stromatolites, which can be traced directly back 1.9 billion years with ancestors that were around 3.5 billion years ago and which created the oxygen which allowed other, more complex organisms to thrive. Science lesson over. Stromatolites are not beautiful or entertaining, they are just like black blobs, but I just couldn't help being fascinated by... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

We didn't and don't understand all of this but you can't help being very impressed with the age of these living creatures.

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Bathurst, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Was a bit underwhelmed with this place. Maybe it is better to see them at low tide. When we were there they were covered with water and just looked like black blobs on the sea floor. The Shell Quarry was interested as I had seen a documentary with the Leyland Brothers from 1966 "Wheels across a Wilderness" and book "Where... More 

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Queanbeyan, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

From the Hamelin Pool Telegraph Station Caravan Park there is a fascinating walk past a shell brick quarry around to a boardwalk that leads to the stromatolites. We were there on a still, sunny July day and the walk was very pleasant, with the colours and clarity of the water being a highlight. The stromatolites aren't much to look at... More 

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

A truly natural place in outback Western Australia with stromolites and shell beaches the main attractions.Very unusual yet natural scenery

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Stopped off en route to Monkey Mia and very pleased to have done so. Very interesting place, well laid out and accessible walkways and the signage gave a great insight into Stromatolite life

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

A great set up and although the day we chose to visit we had to run from the storm coming in fast. We still managed to see some Stromatolites. This will have to be revisited on a sunny, still day.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

Easy to get to by car. Educational signage on site. The boardwalk over the water and Stromatolites allowed for up close inspection. Water is so beautiful and clean.

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Ballina, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

Unlike visiting the in-laws, this visit is mind blowing. Stromatolites are the bacteria that enriched the earth's atmosphere with oxygen some 3.5 billion years ago, making lifer as we see it possible. This is 1 of only 2 places in the world where they still live. Really cool!

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

Great stop en route and opportunity to learn about the stromatolites, our little oxygen-generating friends. Boardwalk and signage take you on an historical trip and provide fantastic views over the water. There are walking paths, too.

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