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Hamelin Pool Marine Nature Reserve

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Address: Hamelin Pool Road, Shark Bay | Gascoyne Region, Denham, Western Australia 6536, Australia
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Primordial Looking

The Hamelin Pool is worth a 20 min stop to check out the bacterial STromatolites - some of the reportedly oldest lifeforms on the planet. The salinity of the water is reportedly... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 11, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Spectacular scenery with amazing colours. The stromatolites very well presented with boardwalk and at no cost. Stayed at Hamelin Station which was super perfect

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

One can only be overawed by these unique structures and their association with the evolution of life on Earth. The interpretive displays are ver good.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

The Hamelin Pool is worth a 20 min stop to check out the bacterial STromatolites - some of the reportedly oldest lifeforms on the planet. The salinity of the water is reportedly double the ocean. A nice boardwalk out 200m with signage is enjoyable.

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Buderim, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Definitely worth turning off the road here. Amazing place, quite eerily calm when we visited (not sure if it is always like that) the water was so still and clear, and the stromatolites (or rocks as our son called them) quite incredible. The only downside were the number of flies which were the first we encountered on our trip! Good... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

I had never heard of stromatolites before, so was fascinated to learn of the incredible role they played 3.4 billion (yes, that's right - 3.4 BILLION) years ago in making oxygen for the earth's atmosphere. The ones in Hamelin Pool are a mere couple of thousand years old, and are one of the two remaining colonies of stromatolites in the... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

This is a lovely part of the world but the facilities were very average. An honesty box to pay, you can't swim. Why don't they net off an area?? Anyway the view is lovely the walk boring. The information boards good.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Was only a short walk from the car park. Was quite interesting to read all the little signs, unfortunately we visited when the tide was in and on a grey day so it was not the prettiest of views.

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Broadstairs, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

It says it's a 30min walk but it only took 10mins which was nice. Unfortunately we visited when it was cloudy and there were loads of flies so it spoilt it a bit.

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Phillip Island, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Absolutely worth visiting while on the Shark Bay heritage area. Stromatilites are amaxing and the interpretative information is great - the significance of this place cannot be under estimated. Recommend highly.

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Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Not the most exciting stop on our way to Denham but interesting to see the stromatolites just the same, and the bay is beautiful. However, the little store and caravan park attached to the old postal station is very old fashioned and you can't use the toilets unless you are a customer.

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