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Stromatolites of Shark Bay

Denham-Shark Bay Road, Hamelin Pool | Gascoyne Region, Denham, Western Australia 6536, Australia
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Ranked #6 of 15 attractions in Denham
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Geologic Formations
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English first
Johannesburg, South Africa
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The 2.2 million hectares of diverse land and sea met all four natural criteria to have Shark Bay listed as a World Heritage area in 1991. A long time after it was discovered by Dutch Captain Dirk Hartog in 1616, who became the first recorded European to set foot on West Australian soil. But it was the English Captain, William... More

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Launceston, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

What weird things these stromatolites are. They appear to be just blobs of mud however they are alive!!

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Perth, Australia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

These astonishing living critters have formed little rock-lick towers about half a metre high and wide in the double-salt waters of Hamelin Pool. Not much to say about them - you need to see. The crystal clear water under the excellent boardwalk is pure magic. We loved them.

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Longreach
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189 reviews 189 reviews
107 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

The beach here is covered communities of microscopic life forms called stromatolites. There is a board walk that takes you out off shore about 50 metres to see the differences in the growth between where they are always under water and where they are exposed to sunlight during low tide. An interesting place but it pays to visit the information... More

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Coffs Harbour
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43 reviews 43 reviews
20 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Just a short detour off the highway, the stromatolites are life before the dinosaurs...except still exist in this place. Really educative for young and old, good information signage. An excellent boardwalk takes you out over the water. Don't know where else in Australia you would get the opportunity!

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Secret Harbour, Western Australia, Australia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

We stayed overnight to see the stromatolites - sunset was great for other wildlife like kangaroos (and flies! :( ), but the tide was in that night; sunrise was beautiful. Definitely wouldn't want to do the walk in the middle of the day! The boardwalk is informative and you can get pretty close too. The Visitor's centre was also well... More

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Perth, Australia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

I was not expecting to see that much. We went early in the morning and it looked just beautiful with the beautiful crystal clear waters and the amazing stromatolites. Even my kids found it interesting and pretty.

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Sydney, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

walkway was informative, as well as functional. Vistas were stunning!! Watch for the birds chasing the flying insects

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London, United Kingdom
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852 reviews 852 reviews
352 attraction reviews
473 helpful votes 473 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

Its a long drive to Monkey Mia from anywhere really so stop up and look at the oldest organism on earth. They don't exactly do much, so some might find it boring! But these guys deserve some respect!

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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89 reviews 89 reviews
18 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

This place is both interesting in a biological sense and very beautiful with the various colours of the red dead stromatolites, the black living stromatolites, the beach, the sea and the sky. Gorgeous.....

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