USELESS LOOP, Western Australia

When the French explorer Louis-Henri de Saulces de Freycinet took his long name to this area in 1801, he mistakenly believed that a sandbar was blocking access so he named the place Havre Inutile (Useless Harbour). This beautiful area in Shark Bay is not so useless now though, as it is a major producer of high quality salt. Sorry, but tourists can't visit this beautiful little township of around 130 people - it is fully-owned by the Japanese Mitsui Group, and is basically just a town for the employees and families.