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July 27th 2016
Published: June 13th 2017
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Unfortunately we're leaving Kalbarri for Monkey Mia this morning and we've planned a couple of stops at lookouts on route as well Hamelin Pool to see our very very distant relations!!. We started the morning by all going to the Pelican feed and once again the kids were fortunate enough to be selected once again to feed them much to their delight. After a quick play on the park and a walk around the War Memorial, we made our way up to Chinaman's Point to admire the view despite the wind and then we were ready for the off.

Our first stop was Hawks Head Lookout, again access to the lookouts were all off road but nowhere near as bad as yesterdays corrugated tracks, after leaving Hawks Head we backtracked taking the opposite leg off the main track and visited the Ross Graham Lookout to admire the views.

Hamelin Pool is a very interesting place it is one of only a few places in the world where living marine stromatolites can be found, the nature reserve boasts the most diverse and abundant examples of living marine stromatolites in the world, monuments to life on Earth over 3,500 million years as well as the Historic Hamelin Pool Telegraph Station built in 1884 and Historic Old Post Office first built in 1886 now the local Community Post Office/Public Phone Box, it still has the original Historic Camel Shed, the museum also covers the building and operation of the Historic Telegraph Station back to the 1880s.

Just on the outskirts of the station are the remains of the old Shell Block Quarry in itself you wouldn't give it much thought except this isn't a stone or gravel quarry here the quarried blocks were of compacted shells from the Hamelin Cockle, a type of mollusc found in the region, they've been compounded into such a mass that some buildings in the area have been made from the blocks that have been cut out.

We arrived in Monkey Mia and having unpacked we wandered down to the beach to be greeted with dolphins skimming along the water's edge, the kids were in raptures how cool is this place?

That evening we went to the bar and watched the magnificent sunset, this place has some of the best sunrise / sunsets we've ever seen.


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