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About Boolagoorda Trail, Hamelin Pool, Shark Bay
The Boolagoorda Trail offers the visitor a unique insight into ancient lifeforms as well as much more recent human activity. Near the trailhead is an assortment of station buildings including the Hamelin Pool Telegraph Station. Built in 1884, the station provided a vital link between Perth and Roebourne, until closure in the 1950s. It's worth paying a small fee for entry into the museum.
Just beyond the trailhead is a quarry site where tiny shells compacted over time to form a huge mass. Early settlers cut out blocks which were solid enough for building materials. The old pearler restaurant and St Andrews Church in Denham are built of this shell grit.
The trail's furtherest point is where people can get a glimpse of what life was like 3500 million years ago in the primeval seas. These stromatolites look like mushroom shaped rocks, but are infact colonies of cyanobacteria.
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Here is everything you need to know before visiting this trail.
Time / Duration
Up to 1 hour
What To Pack
Group A (Urban trails or short trails near facilities) required.
What To Pack
Group A (Urban trails or short trails near facilities)
- Full large water bottle per person.
- Sun hat or bike helmet (compulsory in WA).
- Sunglasses, sunscreen (30+) and insect repellant.
- Clothes to suit the activity and potential weather conditions (See suggestions below).
- Binoculars and camera (optional).
Hamelin Pool Telegraph Station, 30km west of Overlander Roadhouse, 735km north of Perth
No bushwalking experience required. The track is a hardened or compacted surface and may have a gentle hill section or sections and occasional steps. Walks no greater than 10km. Suitable for families with young children.
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FacilitiesCaravan Park at Hamelin Pool
- Car Park
- Coach Parking
- Interpretive Centre
- Picnic Area
- Public Telephone
- Public Toilet
- Shaded Area
- Sheltered Area
- View Platform
- Visitor Information Centre
Air or bus to Shark Bay. Hamelin Bay accessible by 2WD vehicles.
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Hamelin Pool HomesteadHamelin Pool Homestead
Old shell quarry along the trailOld shell quarry along the trail
Wildflowers in SpringWildflowers in Spring
Boardwalk over Hamelin PoolBoardwalk over Hamelin Pool
StromatolitesThe microbial mats and stromatolites of Hamelin pool are among the most extensive and diverse in the world and are one of the reasons for Shark Bay's World Heritage status.
StromatolitesScientists have learnt much about these life forms in recent years - interpretive signs along the boardwalk reveal some of their secrets.
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