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Shark Bay Stromatolites
Soon after the entrance to the area on Useless Loop Road,
there is a turnoff to Hamelin Pool. Many travellers miss it but it’s a
biologists’ and geologists’ dream – there are the world-famous stromatolites – a sedimentary rock that contains the oldest known
of living organisms in the world and have taught us how old the
life on the Earth really is. It is of course not impossible that there
is some older evidence that we haven’t found, but thanks to the
we know that the bacterial life on the Earth started at least 3.5
billion years ago.
Stromatolites. Poster by AllPosters.
Eagle Bluff, Shell Beach and Birds of Shark Bay
Back on the Useless Loop Road, further west there is the turnoff to
Denham-Hamelin Road which first goes past Shell Beach – a 60km
beach that instead of sand is covered in shells.
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Further north on the
left hand side of the Denham-Hamelin Road is Eagle Bluff – a
point with good views over the water where you can see sharks
swimming in the ocean – the
place wasn't called Shark Bay for no reason. There are also about 240
species of birds in the area.
Eagle Bluff. Poster by AllPosters. Click on
Denham and Monkey Mia
Further north you come to the township of Denham – the biggest
the bay with some eateries and tourist information centres, and the
Ocean Park – a small marine park
where you can learn about marine ecosystem.
Road to Monkay Mia. Poster by AllPosters.
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History of Shark Bay: François Péron National Park
North of Denham is the François Péron National Park – a 52,000 hectare
national park with some beautiful cliffs and beaches, and the
old Péron Homestead where you can learn a bit of the history of the
area. This was a sheep station before the area was
turned into a national park in 1990. There are hot springs where you
can have a swim. The park is accessible by 4WD and
there are three camping sites and one lookout point in the northern end
of the peninsula.
Salt plains near Denham. Poster by AllPosters.
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Shark Bay Australia: Monkey Mia WA
South of François Péron National Park is Monkey Mia – the smallest
but most famous place in Shark Bay. Monkey Mia is hardly bigger than
the Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort that contains Monkey Mia Dolphin Lodge &
Peron Cafe and
Monkey Bar, and a caravan park. The beach behind the caravan park
is beautiful, large pelicans
walk around and
bottlenose dolphins come close to the beach every day.
Monkey Mia. Poster by AllPosters.
Shark Bay Australia: Feeding Wild Dolphins
Once a day the bottlenose dolphins are fed by volunteers and you can
join the feeding – don’t get your hopes up about getting a chance to
have a go – the groups get large and the bottlenose dolphins
are only fed a
small part of their daily dietary needs to not to make them dependant
on humans. But a few people, usually kids get to give the dolphins a
fish each. Whether you get to feed them or not, it’s great having them
swimming around you, they are curious animals
and they check you out.
Wild dolphin in Monkey Mia. Poster by AllPosters.
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Tours from Perth to Shark Bay Australia
If you are down in Perth and haven’t got your own transport, there are three day tours including Pinnacle Desert and Kalbarri, four day 4WD trips including sand boarding, four day tours including Exmouth in Ningaloo Reef, and five day tours including Pinnacles, Kalbarri and Ningaloo Reef.
Monkey Mia road. Poster by AllPosters. Click
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