· Today was a driving and exploration day, departing Denham for Little Lagoon; Francois Peron National Park and Big Lagoon; Useless Loop drive, salt reclamation and Steep Point; and the Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery Centre. The photos tell the story of our finds!
|Closest we came to a bilby|
|Are you an Alstroemeria?|
|Shark Bay Daisy|
|Beware stonefish in tidal creeks|
|Emu crossing birrida (gypsum claypan)|
Explorer and French naturalist François Péron made meticulous descriptions of anthropology, oceanography, meteorology and zoology during Nicholas Baudin’s 1801 and 1803 expeditions. The national park bears his name in recognition of his contribution to Australia’s natural and social history. Interspersed throughout the park are gypsum claypans known as birridas. Thousands of years ago, when sea levels were much higher than at present, most birridas were landlocked saline lakes. In more recent times the sea has invaded some birridas, such as Big Lagoon, to form shallow inland bays.
|Culture walk: Indigenous shelter|
|Rare Thick-Billed Grass Wren|
|Shades of early settlers|
|Nectar of the Gods!|
Went on to dinner at the old Pearler's Restaurant, which we found to be built from cockle shell blocks.