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Shell Beach

Shark Bay Road | Gascoyne Region, Denham, Western Australia 6537, Australia
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Ranked #5 of 15 attractions in Denham
Type: Beaches
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The 2.2 million hectares of diverse land and sea met all four natural criteria to have Shark Bay listed as a World Heritage area in 1991. A long time after it was discovered by Dutch Captain Dirk Hartog in 1616, who became the first recorded European to set foot on West Australian soil. But it was the English Captain, William... More

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Incheon, South Korea
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37 reviews 37 reviews
21 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Very picturesque and not too far from the road, and certainly very interesting. The sea is incredibly salty!

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Launceston, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This was an amazing sight. I just cannot believe soo many shells. Take the time to walk right down to the waters edge.

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Perth, Australia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This unique beach comprised entirely of near-white shells, most of them less than 7 mm wide, stretches long and wide. The shells apparently run 9 metres deep, and compact into a limestone block that is used for building materials around the district. It's only a few hundred metres off the highway 44 kms south of Denham - worth a stop... More

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Longreach
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189 reviews 189 reviews
107 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

Millions of cockle shells make up this beach. The cockles grow in the sea just off the shore at the rate of 4,000 shells per square metre. When the shells die they are washed up onto the shore by the sea. This has been happening for hundreds of years so the shells are metres deep and very compacted, allowing blocks... More

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London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

Amazing story behind the natural change that bought about the beach being made of shells. It was a shame that you get plagued by flies.

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Coffs Harbour
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43 reviews 43 reviews
20 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Worth a quick stop and leg stretch. What appears to be a long rolling beach is in fact billions of shells washed up over centuries. Good information stand explains the process and that historically the crushed shell used in local buildings and still used for poultry grit.

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Secret Harbour, Western Australia, Australia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

A lovely natural wonder with the rolling shell dunes and the shallow salty clear water. Not deep enough for swimming and we didn't stay long because of the flies! Can't be helped, but next time I'll look up the season and bring a net.

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Perth, Australia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Very pretty and the water is beautiful!!!! It is a fascinating place to visit. I have never seen any place quite like it.

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London, United Kingdom
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852 reviews 852 reviews
352 attraction reviews
476 helpful votes 476 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

A sweep of millions of shells in a lonely, stark setting. A worthwhile stop on the way to Monkey Mia.

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