Shark Bay- Gutharraguda meaning “Two Waters”. Another World Heritage area.

We left the heat of the ranges and headed back to the coast staying the first 3 nights at bush/beach camping on 2 goat/sheep stations that had water access to Shark Bay. The first place was on Gladstone Bay where there was an old historical jetty. It was an old jetty that wool was brought to be shipped overseas. The jetty was falling apart and there was the usual risk sign, but it was nice that you could walk out there if you felt like it. Mgladstone structure risk

gladstone bay camp
Sunset at Gladstone Bay beach
stupid goats
One stupid goat (who was bleating away!) got his foot stuck in the other one’s horns (??) They were both pulling and Steve watched this noisy commotion for awhile and then realised they were too stupid to fix this problem themselves. He went in and easily just pushed the foot in the other direction and it came out easily. And we thought cows were stupid!
gladstone bay shower and goats
This was the campgrounds artesian shower that just ran the whole time. The goats are drinking the run off.
white winged fairy wren male
White winged fairy wren ready to breed with its nice blue jacket on!
common sandpiper 2
Common sandpiper
australasian pipit
Australasian Pipit are everywhere in the desert regions and are the biggest posers!
beach goats gladstone bay camp
These goats showed up out our front window in the morning eating the bushes around us.
shark bay sign
We couldn’t wait to drive on a road called useless loop!

Shark Bay has a number of world class natural attractions. This UNESCO World heritage meets four of the 10 required natural criteria and remains only one of only a handful of places in the world to achieve this high criteria status level. M

  1. Exceptional natural beauty
  2. Earth’s history
  3. Ongoing evolution
  4. Threatened species
hamlin pool sign
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One of  the many reasons for Shark bays world heritage status are the stromatolites. They look just like an interesting sort of reef area to us but to scientist these are mind blowing living fossils and only found in two places in the world. They are considered to be the best example of their kind in the world here. The organisms that built these stromatolites were the earliest forms of life on earth, dating back an amazing 3.5 billion years. M

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Even the mullets like them.

more stromatolitesstromatolite info sign

i saw the stromatolites

Our next 2 nights were spent at a lovely beach site on Tamala Station- a goat and Dorper cross sheep farm. The most exciting thing about the place was there were birds around again. We saw three new ones in between the goats and the sheep. There were also plenty of emus and kangaroos on the station. They had a huge rabbit population too that looked like they needed a big dose of calici virus! M

tamala station

tamala station camp
Lovely beach camp in Tamala station


pallid cuckoo immature
Pallid Cuckoo- a new bird
aussie laughing dove
Laughing dove- a new bird for me in Australia.  This is actually an immigrant from South Africa and I saw hundreds of them a week earlier on my visit there.  It seems that it is not only South African people that are making a new home around Perth.  S
chiming wedgebill
Chiming Wedgebill- A new bird
singing honeyeater 3
Singing honeyeater in the scrub around camp.
stupid half dorper sheep
Dorper ( a South African breed) crossed sheep. They cope well in arid regions. They breed easily and have little fur which they lose in spring. Fewer problems than the Merino and a meat producing sheep but not sure if the meat prices are the same as with Merino.
dorper cross sheep
Dorper cross sheep with a long waggy tail and a small black head.

From Tamala we were able to go into the Edel Land National Park and to Steep point- Australian mainland’s most westerly point. This area looks across the water to Dirk Hartog Island. Dutch East India man, Dirk Hartog  was the second European to step onto Australia here in 1616 which was 10 years after Willem Janszoon another Dutchman, who was the first at the Gulf of Carpentaria. We were VERY close to wearing clogs, eating waffles and having really good cheese here in Australia!! We just didn’t have any spices of interest! M

hazardous coast
The road to Steep Point was either soft sand or sharp rocks. It was a slow and bumpy but a pretty drive. Oh yes and terribly hazardous like the sign says.
edeland dunes
We drove through these lovely sand dunes along the way.

edeland dune drive

edeland beach drive
Then it was along the beach

We stopped at a beach for a walk and a snorkel and I found this live bailer shell on the shore. This one’s a bit smaller than that huge one Steve found on Ningaloo Reef. There were plenty of oysters everywhere. M

immature pacific gull
Pacific gull waiting for us to break out the fish and chips.


edeland snorkelling
Steve braved the cold water and wind to see what was in this very clear water.
live cowrie
I nice live cowrie. There were plenty of these on the beach here which is nice to see.
funky urchin
A weird looking urchin looking like a porcupine.

We just missed the spring wild flowers but I managed to find a few left over growing on rocks and in sand.

steep point selfie
We are as “westy” as you can get!
zydorp cliffs
Rising 200 mtrs above the Indian Ocean on the westerly side of Shark Bay are the stunning Zuytdorp Cliffs which are part of the world heritage listing.
steep point fishing rod holder
Steep points famous cliff fishing spot where you can pull in ocean going Pelagics right off the cliff. We were surprised to have this lunch spot to ourselves. There were plenty of fish swimming around and birds feeding on them.
rocky edeland road
The driving this side was all sharp rocky roads along the cliff line. There are blow holes here to see but there was not enough swell to get them going unfortunately.
sandy road
The cross “island” track



2 thoughts on “Shark Bay- Gutharraguda meaning “Two Waters”. Another World Heritage area.

  1. Hi, Jetty looks very dangerous. The goats beautiful and lovely pictures of both of you. Love Glenda

    On Sun, Oct 13, 2019 at 6:05 AM Maddy and Steve Norman’s gap year wrote:

    > maddyrichter posted: “We left the heat of the ranges and headed back to > the coast staying the first 3 nights at bush/beach camping on 2 goat/sheep > stations that had water access to Shark Bay. The first place was on > Gladstone Bay where there was an old historical jetty. It was ” >


    1. HI Glenda, Yes we also think the goats are cute too, especially the way they always trot away so sprightly with their tails up or wagging. They look as though they are native to Australia they seem so healthy in the driest places. They are dumb though! M


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