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Stromatolites of Shark Bay

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Address: Denham-Shark Bay Road, Hamelin Pool | Gascoyne Region, Denham, Western Australia 6536, Australia
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This is a larger example of stromatolites that we have seen elsewhere. The explanatory signage is well done and the boardwalk out over the water is an excellent way to witness... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

This is a larger example of stromatolites that we have seen elsewhere. The explanatory signage is well done and the boardwalk out over the water is an excellent way to witness theses. You may see other wildlife , both in and out of the water, whilst there as well.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

What a beautiful way to let visitors see these ancient living stromatolites. There's a beautiful timber walkway which takes you out over them so you can easily see them without disturbing them. Brilliant. It was so peaceful there the day we went, we really enjoyed the time we spent here.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Worth a stop-off on your way in or out of Denham. Just interesting to contemplate how old these things are and that yuo can just walk along the boardwalk an dcheck them out. Another example of the amazing place that is WA.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Unique formation tucked in the middle of nowhere. Excellent viewing. Make sure you visit the Telegraph Station Café for a blast from the past..

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Mudgee, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

This was a remarkable part of the coast. But equally incredible was the shell (Cochina) beach and quarry.

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

In short, the stromatolites at Hamelin Pool were not as impressive as expected but probably still worth a quick stop if you've got the time.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

On entering this area, you first come across a quarry were they used to cut building blocks from the compressed cockle shells. Arriving at the stromatolites, it looks like a reef of toad like rocks. The rocks are ancient, believe to be one of the first forms of oxygen producing micro orgism on earth.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Could not believe the shapes of this ancient formation. Quite astonishing also that they only exist because the water is super salty. One of the reasons that Shark Bay was listed on the World Heritage List. The water is crystal clear. The boardwalk ist quite amazing.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Studied these in geology class many years ago, and I remember d old black and white photos, with my teachers enthusiastic description. Brilliant to see something analogous to the oldest life in the fossil record in person, so well preserved, and made so carefully accessible. Worth the detour of the main road to see it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

If driving to Denham it's the first place to stop on the World Heritage trail, nice boardwalk with educational information dotted all around, never seen such crystal clear water. Toilet and camping facilities available, good to stretch your legs after a long drive.

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