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Telegraph Station…

by on Apr.23, 2016, under Life, Photography

After leaving Hamelin Pool we went to the nearby Telegraph station on Shark Bay and had lunch there.

Shark Bay World Heritage Area became Western Australia’s first world heritage listed area in 1991. It is one of two World Heritage areas within WA and one of only 16 Australia wide.

Here there is a small museum featuring relics from the days when the site was a repeater station on the Old Telegraph Line can be visited on tours run by the telegraph station staff. There is also a stromatolite display explaining the significance of these formations.

Shell Block Quarry

Shell Block Quarry

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 112 mm, 1/125 sec at f/9, ISO 110

Note: These photographs (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger – so click any of the images below to see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer.

There is also a nearby Shell Block Quarry which you walk to from the Telegraph station.

A shell species known as the Hamelin cockle is so prolific in Hamelin Pool that the shells have become compacted into a solid mass that can be cut into blocks. Some Shark Bay buildings, such as the old Pearler Restaurant and St Andrew’s Church in Denham, were built from this material and the quarry site can be seen along the Boolagoorda Walk.

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