Few days from Perth to Shark Bay in Western Australia
4 italians + 1 english on a road trip in the Western Australia
Lancelin Sand Dunes
First stop on our italo-english road trip was with Lancelin, 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
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
I couldn’t believe it, when I first saw this lake in a photo. So, once there, I was determined to see it with my own eyes… We drove for a while until we’ve seen it…it is actually pink!
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.
Shell Beach in the Shark Bay region
This amazing place on earth is one of only two beaches in the world made entirely from shells.
Francois Peron National Park
adjacent to and surrounded by the Shark Bay Marine Park and by Denham to Monkey Mia
It was one of my dream places in Australia. Unfortunately, I was not the only one and this place is now a popular tourist destination, where you can easily see dolphins. It is in the Shark Bay Marine Park and World Heritage Site.
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