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Just off Hansen Bay Rd, 1km from Cervantes town centre. 3 hours drive north from Perth.
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About Lake Thetis Loop Trail, Cervantes
Enjoy an easy 1.5km loop walk around Lake Thetis and gain an insight into what life was like at the dawn of time.
Like the famous stromatolites of Hamelin Pool, in Shark Bay, these rock-like structures on the edge of Lake Thetis are built by micro-organisms too small for the human eye to see. Within the structures are living communities of diverse inhabitants with population densities of 3000 per square metre!
The thrombolite-building micro-organisms of Lake Thetis resemble the earliest forms of life on Earth. The discovery of modern examples helped scientists to understand the significance of micro-organisms in the environment and unravel the long history of life on Earth. Today living examples of these once completely dominant organisms are restricted to only a few places.
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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).
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.
FacilitiesThe first 300m of boardwalk is universally accessible.
- Access with assistance for the Disabled
- Car Park
Best time of year
November to March when the stromatolites are easily accessible because the water level is at its lowest.
Road or bus to Cervantes. 1km from Cervantes town centre.
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