Useless Loop, Western Australia

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Aerial view of the town's site with salt crystallisation ponds

Useless Loop is located in the Southern Region of Shark Bay, Western Australia. Shark Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which also is home to the more famous Monkey Mia. Useless Loop is a closed company town, servicing the Solar Salt Operation Shark Bay which has been in operation since 1968.[1] Useless Loop has won awards in recent years due to its support of programmes to protect and relocate Australian endangered mammals including the burrowing bettong.[2]

The first half of Useless Loop's unusual name was bestowed upon it by French explorer Henri-Louis de Saulces de Freycinet, brother of the more famous Louis de Freycinet, during the Baudin expedition to Australia. Henri-Louis dubbed the area "Havre Inutile" ("Useless Harbour"), because he believed the inviting harbour to be entirely blocked by a sandbar.[3][4]


  1. ^ "Shire of Shark Bay: Useless Loop". Retrieved 2008-02-05. 
  2. ^ Kingsley, Danny (2002-06-25). "Endangered Animals Going Offshore". ABC. Retrieved 2008-02-05. 
  3. ^ "It goes by some very odd names [intriguing place names]". Australian Traveller. Retrieved 15 August 2014. 
  4. ^ Reynolds, Steve. "Nicolas Baudin’s Scientific Expedition To The Terres Australes". Retrieved 15 August 2014. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Western Australia. Environmental Protection Authority.(1999) Construction of additional crystalliser ponds, Useless Loop, Shark Bay, Shark Bay Salt Joint Venture : report and recommendations of the Environmental Protection Authority.Perth, W.A. : Environmental Protection Authority. Bulletin.Environmental Protection Authority, 1030-0120 ; 934

Coordinates: 26°07′50″S 113°25′00″E / 26.13056°S 113.41667°E / -26.13056; 113.41667