|This is what stromatolites look like - the worlds oldest living organism and the |
reason we are all here (if you believe in evolutionary theory that is!)
|The stromatolites are protected, so a number of boardwalks have been |
constructed over them for closer viewing.
|Shell Beach, Shark Bay|
|Kate next to Coquina shell bricks|
|Restaurant in Denham made of coquina shells|
|Our campsite at Goulet Bluff, Shark Bay|
|Hand feeding the dolphins, Monkey Mia|
|This shows how used to people these dolphins have become.|
|Comorants - thousands of them.|
|This photo shows the different coloured sand and water and the line|
|Cape Peron, Shark Bay|
|Hot artisan spa, constructed in the 1940's|
|Interior of the shearing shed at Peron Homestead. Last used in the 1960's.|
|Fleece sorting table|
|Bales of wool bagged according to their wool classification|
|It was windy at Eagle Bluff, a viewing area of the dugong seagrass beds|
|Do you know who was the first European to set foot on Australian soil? James Cook? Wrong! |
It was Dirk Hartog in 1616, followed by over a dozen Dutch and French explorers.
Travellers Tips: The Shark Bay Shire has four camping areas for $10 per night, but you can only book via the visitors centre on the day you want to camp and can only stay one night in total. However, we were completely alone at our campsite at this time of the year and did not see a ranger/caretaker. If you are travelling in the off-season, ask the caravan parks in Denham for any specials, we found another ‘pay 2, stay 3’park. Shark Bay Discovery Centre was $28 family. Quite good if you have older kids, but would be wasted on any kids under the age of 8 as it is mostly text based and not very interactive. Kids can do a quiz sheet, but both girls (8 & 11) struggled with some of the questions and got discouraged quickly. Denham has a nice grassed foreshore, shallow swimming and kids playground opposite. Beware the winds if you are travelling late in the year. Trip to Cape Peron is definitely 4WD only and there is a tyre pressure bay at the entrance to deflate and then inflate your tyres. The hot Artisan pool at Peron Homestead is free and refreshing and is open till late at night with picnic tables, barbeques etc. The sheep shearing shed is probably the best we’ve seen. Free entry.