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Denham and Beyond…

by on May.04, 2016, under Life, Photography

Leaving the protected waters of Shell Beach and Shark Bay we headed north on the peninsula to the small town of Denham.

This is the administrative town for the Shire of Shark Bay and is located on the western coast of the Peron Peninsula 831 kilometres north of Perth.

Denham is the westernmost publicly accessible town in Australia, and is named in honour of Captain Henry Mangles Denham of the Royal Navy, who charted Shark Bay in 1858.

NIKON D750 + 14.0 mm f/2.8 @ 14 mm, 1/160 sec at f/9, ISO 100

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.

We had planned to stay in Denham overnight however all of the caravan parks were full for the night. Undeterred we decided to head back down the peninsula and see where we might get to.

We ended up stopping at a lovely little place just off the main road in the François Péron National Park.

It … ahem … wasn’t strictly allowed to overnight camp here but it was getting quite late in the afternoon (around 5PM) and well we had to stop somewhere.

It was off the main road and provided a fantastic spot overlooking the Indian Ocean. We were staying on the headland just above this beautiful shell beach that went for miles in both directions. I recce’d the spot for some later nighttime photography and then my daughter and I explored the beach.

The shot above is looking south along the beach from a spot just 50m from the caravans.

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