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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 #7 of 17 Attractions in Denham
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Geologic Formations
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Brisbane, Australia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Certainly unusual things to see. Glad we stopped briefly to walk out on the broadwalk to have a look at them.

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Broome, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

Don't miss this quite unique opportunity to view these ancient organisms from the safety and ease of the purpose built jetty in this World Heritage Area. Plenty of information panels to educate one and a great time to view is late afternoon when the setting sun gives these rock-like formations a reddish hue. The shell beach is quite unique in... More

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Johnson City, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

I read about the stromatolites in Bill Bryson's book 'A Short History of Nearly Everything' just before my trip out to see them, so I understood their uniqueness and importance. l think I expected park rangers to be out there and a stromatolite nature center with cheesy educational films showing...but it is really just a walkway and the scenery and... More

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Don't really understand it all but I will be reading up on it. Very impressive and to think, 3 billion years ago?

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Sadly it was quite windy and the bay water was very choppy when we were there. This prevented a good view of the stromatolites. However the walk from the caravan park was interesting and certainly a pretty place.

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Moss Vale, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Go and see the stromatolites. There is not a lot to see, but they are sooo important to earths history. That was on my bucket list!

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Launceston, Australia
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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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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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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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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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