Few days from Perth to Shark Bay in Western Australia
LANCELIN SAND DUNES
Lancelin is a small fishing town located between the ocean and sand dunes, an hour’s drive north of Perth. The snow-white sand dunes surround the town to the east. They are a proper heaven for sand boarders, bikers and four-wheel drivers.
Follow the road to HANGOVER BAY in Nambung National Park
PINNACLES DESERT in Nambung National Park, near the town of Cervantes.
The Pinnacles are limestone formations, some of them can reach 4 mt. height.
The discovery of the pinnacles desert by Westerners dates back to 1650 when the Dutch explored this part of Western Australia. The Pinnacles Desert area remained relatively unknown until surveyed in 1934. The national park was created only in July 1994. The manner in which such raw materials formed the Pinnacles is still subject to debate.
Indigenous Australians thought they were fossilized ghosts. According to an Aboriginal legend, some young men walked through a path in the desert to reach a sacred place normally reserved for women. The gods, to punish them, buried them alive in the desert. When death, the young men asked forgiveness from the gods, brandishing their weapons through the sand, which would then be stuck forever in the form of limestone blocks.
HUTT LAGOON, AUSTRALIA’S PINK LAKE, PORT GREGORY
Wikipedia says: “Hutt Lagoon is a pink lake, a salt lake with a red or pink hue due to the presence of the carotenoid-producing algae Dunaliella salina, a source of ß-carotene, a food-colouring agent and source of vitamin A. The lagoon contains the world’s largest microalgae production plant, a 250-hectare (620-acre) series of artificial ponds used to farm Dunaliella salina.”
KALBARRI NATIONAL PARK
is a marine nature reserve in the UNESCO world heritage Shark Bay in the Western Australia. It is one of only a few places in the world where living marine stromatolites can be found, monuments to life on Earth over 3,500 million years BP.