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Places To Go in Shark Bay To Gnaraloo


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Francois Peron National Park

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  • Activities:Canoeing,Fishing,Snorkelling
  • Facilities:BBQ,Boat Ramp
  • Natural Attractions:National Parks & Reserves

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Francois Peron National Park was once a pastoral station, and you can reach the Peron Heritage Precinct and old homestead by two-wheel drive to experience what life would have been like on a remote sheep station.

A small campground with gas BBQs and toilets is located at Big Lagoon and there is a site for launching boats nearby. Canoes or sea kayaks are a great way to explore the lagoon.

Cape Peron, at the park’s northerly tip, has picnic tables, toilets, interpretive signs and beach access. An impressive array of marine life can be seen from two lookouts perched on the cliff at nearby Skipjack Point Lookout.

Cattle Well, between Big Lagoon and South Gregories, offers the chance to wet a line and catch a feed of whiting. Bottle Bay, Gregories and South Gregories lie within a few kilometres of each other on the northern beaches of the park. Herald Bight, the only campsite on the eastern side of the park offers some protection from the prevailing south-westerly winds. Small boats can be launched from the beach with care at some of these locations.

Hamelin Pool

The most diverse and best known colony of stomatolites in the world. Rising from the sand in the clear waters of Hamelin Pool, they are testament to the ancient beauty of the outback coast. More than three billion years old.

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  • Activities:Walking
  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays,Unique Wonders

Description

The stromatolite formation still survive from the time when life began on earth. The water in Hamelin Pool is twice as salty as usual sea water. Tidal currents and wave activity determine the size and shape of the stomatolites. A boardwalk has been constructed to preserve the formations and provide a better view.

Hamelin Pool Nature Reserve

A visit to the remarkable Hamelin Pool stromatolites in Western Australia is a must when holidaying in the Shark Bay World Heritage Area.

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  • Natural Attractions:Marine Parks & Reserves

Description

Hamelin Pool in Western Australia is a place of great interest to botanists and geologists as it gives an indication of what the earth may have looked like about 3.7 billion years ago when stromatolites grew widespread across the water. Visitors can view these amazing life forms, without causing damage by walking on a purpose-built jetty and looking down at the Hamelin Pool stromatolites below.

Monkey Mia Reserve

Home of the Monkey Mia Dolphins, this is a must-see reserve for families and nature lovers.

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  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays,Marine Parks & Reserves
  • Activities:Boating,Canoeing,Fishing,Snorkelling
  • Facilities:Boat Ramp,Walking Trails

Description

It’s located on the eastern shore of Peron Peninsula, about 23 kilometres from the town of Denham in the Shark Bay World Heritage Area. Famous for their almost daily ritual of swimming to shore to interact with humans, the dolphins of  Monkey Mia attract thousands of visitors to Australia’s Shark Bay region every year.

Mount Augustus National Park

Mount Augustus National Park, a lush outback paradise with swimming holes, ancient rock art, a small but buzzing tourist park and the cutest outback bar you’ll ever see

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  • Natural Attractions:Lookouts,National Parks & Reserves
  • Activities:Mountain Climbing,Walking
  • Facilities:Picnic Facilities,Toilets,Walking Trails

Description

There is no camping available in the Mount Augustus National Park. The near by Mount Augustus Tourist Park provides powered and unpowered camp sites and other types of accommodation. The tourist park is privately owned and operated by the owners of Mount Augustus Cattle Station. Fuel and basic supplies are available from the tourist park.

Shell Beach

The only beach like it in the world. Instead of sand - small white shells as far as the eye can see.

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  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays,Unique Wonders

Description

Some parts of the beach have deposits of shells that are more than ten metres deep.

Shell Beach Conservation Park

No sand,only shells!

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  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays
  • Activities:Boating,Walking

Description

This beautiful snow-white beach is made up of millions of tiny shells up to 10 metres deep and stretching for over 70 kilometres. There is no sand, only shells!

Shell Beach is one of only a handful of places on earth where shells replace beach sand in such a dramatic and picturesque way. A walk on Shell Beach is like no other. Incredibly, the beach is made up of shells from the Shark Bay cockle, making it truly unique.

 

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