Walking along the pristine beach at Denham you will be amazed by the extraordinary view of a white salt mountain at Useless Loop some 250 kilometres away. The salt mine produces the purest grade of salt in the world, produced by Japan’s Mitsui Group.
Why is it called Useless Loop?
Frenchman Louis-Henri de Saulces de Freycinet, the brother-in-law of Rose de Freycinet (who has a pink lake named after her on Dirk Hartog Island) visited Australia in 1801 christened the place Havre Inutile — Useless Harbour — because he believed (wrongly) that a large sandbar was blocking access for ships.
Whilst not open to the public, those with a four-wheel drive (4WD) vehicles can get closer to see this unusual sight or see Useless Loop from above on a scenic flight over the Shark Bay area or whilst flying to Dirk Hartog Island.
Whilst in Denham take a close look at the unusual material used to build St Andrews Church and Old Pearlers Restaurant. Comprising of tiny shells from nearby Shell Beach, these buildings were built by the town's original settlers. Stroll along the crisp clean sand or swim in the calm clear waters of the town's beach. Alternatively, try your luck at fishing from the jetty or take a boat out for the larger catch.
Useless Loop from above, on board a scenic flight of the area.