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Stromatolites of Shark Bay

Address: Denham-Shark Bay Road, Hamelin Pool | Gascoyne Region, Denham, Western Australia 6536, Australia
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Ranked #8 of 18 things to do in Denham
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Geologic formations, Nature & Parks
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Type: Geologic formations, Nature & Parks
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Glasgow
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

went to stromatolites of shark bay it just looked like huge stones in the water he tide was out when I went and still do not know when it is I was supposed to be looking at, I would not recommend going to see this as nothing to see.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Very well done if you are into the 'how life evolved' bit. I suspect most visitors will be a little underwhelmed however... best read the last two chapters in Bill Bryson's Down Under and decide after that if you are going to drive hundreds of miles for this experience.

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Perth, WA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Depending on your age and interests, this can be very interesting or underwhelming. Whilst I found the information informative and the what the stromatolites are extremely interesting, the kids were underwhelmed. Well worth the 30 mins detour on the way into or out of Shark Bay.

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Geneva, Switzerland
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21 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

Don't miss these stromatolites. They are the most famous in the world. The explanations are top and can be understood by young children. Take a bottle of water with you if its a hot day! For good pictures, it's better to come late in the afternoon.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 via mobile

I note reviews vary widely depending upon peoples interest. Unless you have a special interest I would recommend visiting the Stromatolites if you are driving to Shark Bay/Monkey Mia either when entering or leaving the area (it is about 100km from Denham). It is about 5km off the main road and you could spend 20-60 minutes walking the area. There... More 

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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

When touring The Heritage coast, a quick visit to the Sromatolites is very interesting. Do take time to read all the information plaques which bring everything to life. There is a good walkway above the Stromatolites.

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

It is beautiful and interesting to see! It is clean and there is a deck to walk and explore more the beach and the stromatolites.

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Camden, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

It is a beautiful place and very informative but my children aged 7-12 were a little underwhelmed. Highly recommend if you are interested in geology, but young children might struggle

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Well worth a visit to see the stromalites which are millions of years old and living microbes. Probably the only place in the world accessible to see them at low tide.

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Sydney, Australia
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

It is hard to get excited by living things that look like black rocks but we found the information boards along the walkway to be informative and there were plenty of people doing the same as us. We last visited some years ago at high tide so this time we were interested to see the site high and dry, giving... More 

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