Evidence of the beginnings of life on Earth can be found in the saline waters of Hamelin Pool – the famous stromatolites.
Hamelin Pool Marine Nature Reserve is one of only two places in the world where living marine stromatolites are known to occur, and THE only place where they can easily be seen from shore.
Microscopic organisms, invisible to the human eye, concentrate and recycle nutrients, which combine with sedimentary grains to form the dome formations called stromatolites.
The stromatolites first appeared in the shallow waters of Hamelin Pool 2000–3000 years ago, but the organisms that built them were the earliest forms of life on Earth, with a lineage dating back an unimaginable 3500 million years.
You can see the stromatolites at the end of Hamelin Pool Road, just 27km from the junction of the North West Coastal Highway and Shark Bay Road.
A wooden boardwalk at Hamelin Pool makes it easy for you to view the stromatolites without damaging them. Along the walk are information panels telling the fascinating story of the stromatolites, and giving an insight into the beginnings of life on Earth.
The Hamelin Pool Caravan Park is located in the Shark Bay World Heritage area, and includes self-contained accommodation. Take a guided tour of the Old Telegraph Station, discover the stromatolites, relax at the tea room with a meal or a drink, enjoy the beautiful sunset and stay overnight in our comfortable self contained units.Take a guided tour of the Old Telegraph Station, discover the stromatolites, relax at the tea room with a meal or a drink, enjoy the beautiful sunset and stay overnight at the Hamelin Pool Caravan Park… an unforgettable experience.
Hamelin Pool accommodation and camping on a working sheep station. Next door to the famous stromatolites. Ideal to visit Shark Bay World Heritage Area, Monkey Mia and Steep Point. Well-appointed rooms in rustic surrounds. Individual campsites and first class shower/toilet block. Our hosts are waiting to welcome you.
Wula Guda Nyinda Eco Adventures operates a Didgeridoo Dreaming night tour, kayaking and snorkelling tours, and 4WD adventures tours designed like no other to explore the cultural ties of the local Nhanda and Malgana Aboriginal people to Gutharraguda (local Aboriginal name for Shark Bay meaning ‘Two Waters’).
The Hamelin Pool Telegraph Station was built in 1884 and became an important link in the telegraph line between Perth and Roebourne.
The fascinating history of the telegraph station can be relived by taking a tour of the museum which features relics from the days when the site was a repeater station on the Old Telegraph Line. A small entrance fee applies.