Take a walk along a beach made entirely of shells.

Formed from billions of tiny shells, the aptly named Shell Beach is located 45 kilometres south-east of Denham in the Shark Bay World Heritage Area, not far from the Hamelin Pool Stromatolites. Shell Beach is one of only a handful of places on earth where shells replace beach sand in such a dramatic and picturesque way. On a still day, the ocean here transforms into a palette of the most intense greens and blues.

In the early 1900s, the shells were quarried and hard packed, cut into blocks and used to construct a number of historic buildings in the nearby town of Denham, some of which can still be seen today such as the Old Pearler Restaurant.

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Why is it called Shell Beach?

This beautiful snow-white beach is made up of billions of tiny Shark Bay cockle shells up to 10 metres deep and stretching for over 70 kilometres. There is no sand, only shells!

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Can I swim here?

You can! The water at Shell Beach is very salty (hypersaline), making it easy to float for those who aren’t strong swimmers - similar to the Dead Sea in Jordan.

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