Driving from Kalbarri to Denham we stopped at the aptly named Shell Beach in the Shark Bay World Heritage area. It is located 45 k’s south east of Denham
This beautiful snow-white beach is made up of billions of tiny shells, and is up to 10 metres deep and stretching for over 70 kilometres. There is no sand, only shells! Shell Beach is popular for swimming, beach combing and relaxing in the sunshine.
Shell Beach is one of only a handful of places on earth where shells replace beach sand in such a dramatic and picturesque way. Incredibly, the beach is made up of shells from the Shark Bay cockle, making it truly unique.
What an amazing phenomena this Shell Beach is. It really needs to be seen to be appreciated and fortunately it is well signed with many boards explaining the history and how it has come about. The beach is very close to the main Shark Bay road so it was not much of a diversion in to the actual beach park. There is very good information provided all along the pathway from the car park to entering the shell beach. Close to the car park there are toilets and picnic shade areas available.
This beach is wide and quiet deep with shells being built up over thousands of years. Just like the entire area it is an amazing place to visit. One of the best things to do is to wade out into the shallow bay for about 100m or more. The water is so clean and clear it is spectacular. I stood in the water and took a photo of my feet; I could hardly see the water at all.
From afar, it looks just like a normal sandy beach but once you step on it, the crunch of the shells is audible
A walk on Shell Beach is like no other.