Trip Start Aug 06, 2011
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One geographic WOW that is a highlight for Aussies and everyone else are the limestone Pinnacles in Nambung National Park – the endless acres of these stone guardians struck me as natures version of China's Terra Cotta Warriors. Theories abound but no one knows for certain as to how these stones were shaped but you do get the impression that they are standing guard for some buried outback creature (too many horror movies?).
And if you're not a believer in dormant lifeforms that are waiting to re-emerge and wreak havoc on mankind you're probably not going to believe that we next visited lifeforms at Lake Thetis that are supposedly 2,000 years old (that's Dave B territory!) with a family history that goes back 3.5 billion years. A stromatolite is basically a living rock formed by a cyanobacteria– so it is both biological and geological. Back in my working days we had a sister company that was I suspect was heavily populated with stromatolites.... but that may be somewhat insulting to the real stromatolites as they are credited with the production of oxygen required for early life (whereas my stromatolites produced largely hot gas). Lake Thetis is one of only five places in the world where these living stromatolites, the oldest known form of life on Earth, can be observed- bearing in mind that they are rocks so it's not exactly an action oriented observation.
We camped near the beach at both JurIen Bay and Dongara and enjoyed a couple of nights of amazing sunsets. There are no monkeys in WA so sunsets and birds may have to be my new photo addictions. And who forgot to tell us it's bush fly season in WA??