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Herron, Western Australia

Explore Lake Clifton and the Thrombolites

0.4 Miles Total - Out-and-Back Trail

Originally added by Katie Kessel

Take a look at the stunning Lake Clifton while admiring the Thrombolites that live on the rocks below the pier. Less than two hours outside Perth to the south and on the road to Margaret River, it is a beautiful spot to stop.

This is one of the lesser known areas that has the conditions to allow thrombolites to thrive - a biofilm on the rocks that shows you what life looked like at the dawn of time billions of years ago.

The walk is quite short (600m), but there is another option to take a 5km loop walk along Lake Clifton. Start from the carpark, heading to the trail near the shelter with information on the area. About 100m down from the carpark, the trail forks, indicating the way to the thrombolites to the left by way of a boardwalk and the start of the loop trail to your right. The thrombolites live on the rocks in the lake water under the pier. They're best seen when the lake is low - late summer, early fall.

Please be careful to lock all your belongings at this spot and being all valuables - our car was broken into here in the 10 minutes we were here! I recommend parking close to any other cars just in case. 

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Not A Winter Activity

My family and I visited the thrombolites last winter. The area is quite exposed (part of its summer appeal) and it was very very cold and windy. I recommend going in the warmer months. Definitely something to see if you enjoy science.

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