Photographer's Note

Crystal clear water is a feature of the Shark Bay region and the old port of Gladstone, Western Australia. The shot was taken around mid-day to enhanse the vibrant natural colours.

The small port facility was constructed in 1910 for transporting supplies by boat between local pastoral stations and Perth. The lighters serviced several small ports in the local area and teams of camels carted wool and sandalwood to Gladstone from stations throughout the Murchison district. The Gladestone jetty remains the most substantial wool-lightering structure on the Western Australian coast. The 287 metre long stone causeway lead from a wool-store shed to a 77 metre long timber jetty. The footings of the wool-store can still be seen today.

The Gladstone site has some basic facilities including two composting toilets, a boat ramp and an informal camping area. There is a gate between the highway and Gladstone – please keep this closed at all times. Small fees apply for camping which can be paid into the honesty box on-site or directly to staff at the shire office in Carnarvon.

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