The article is about the Nullaki peninsular near Denmark on the south coast of west Australia.
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My favourite place the Nullaki peninsular, Western Australia.
By Gregory Paul Edwards
"I wouldn’t go there" , warned the crusty old gentleman chatting in the WA town of Denmark about the nearby Nullaki peninsula. "Somebody got bitten by a blue ringed octopus!" I was shocked as I had walked on the reef many times wearing just thongs.
Octopuses aside, I love the Nullaki. Located on the southern side of Denmark’s Wilson Inlet, 450km south of Perth it's a pristine finger of land looms large with dramatic limestone cliffs tapering down to the thundering southern ocean. Shallow reefs, cascades and crystal clear natural aquaria dot the area. The Bibbulmun Track - a famed 1000km walking trail - traverses there.
The peninsula is a 36km drive on a sealed road around the inlet away from Denmark. The area is protected by a high fauna fence and entry is via a huge motorised meshed gate, keeping out predators such as foxes and feral cats.
Access is easy at Anvil beach carpark where you’re greeted by a vista of stunning sandy beach, shallow reef and long lace-like rolling waves. Walking 200m eastward and clambering over two rocky headlands you’ll discover beautiful tidal pools, rocky outcrops, channels and plateaus. The reef is like stepped layers of chocolate melting in the sun, with champagne waterfalls everywhere.
One of my favourite things to do is walk on the reef at low tide when there’s little swell. There are plateaus of water with criss-cross lines of algae that seem to meander towards the horizon. Theses crazy patterns are a delight to photograph. A sunset a golden glow beautifully silhouettes Anvil Rock so named because of its shape - 50m from shore.
I love coming here because there are no crowds. People snorkel and swim here but warned, this is an un-patrolled beach and there are dangerous currents. The fishing is good, too. Camping is not permitted on the Nullaki. But if you are looking for nearby accommodation, try Denmark visitors centre website http://www.denmark.com.au
I researched the venomous blue ringed octopus and discovered it's the size of a golf ball and carries a powerful neurotoxin - enough to kill twenty six people - against which there's no anti-venom. It's shy and doesn't bite unless aggravated: note that the blue rings become visible when it's angry. Records show only two deaths have ever been registered in Australia.
But I‘ll be wearing my running shoes on the reef next time and watching my step.