About this park
Imagine walking on a beach made entirely of shells. Imagine the crunch, crunch, crunching sound of tons of small shells under your feet - definitely wear thongs! Shell beach is one of the natural attractions of the Shark Bay World Heritage Area. The small white shells stretch for 60km. Some parts are as much as ten metres deep. That’s mind blowing!
The countless empty shells belong to the Shark Bay cockle. This small, burrowing mollusc is only found in Western Australia. The water at Shell Beach is clear and shallow. While you’re here, cool down with a refreshing swim.
The unique composition of the beach makes it one of only two of its type in the world. Tiny shells that stretch for over 70km. 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.
Shell Beach Conservation Park is as pretty as a picture. We think this Shark Bay natural attraction will warm the cockles of your heart!
Review – Amazing There are shells everywhere. It is difficult to imagine if you haven’t seen it with your own eyes. The beach is beautiful and calm and the water is clear and refreshing. We enjoyed the stop a lot and took some beautiful photos. EdiBa683 - Trip Advisor
Plan when to visit. Read this safety information about swimming. Consider travelling with a personal location beacon (PLB). In the event you need to be rescued it could save your life!
Plants, wildlife and fungi
Visit the Atlas of Living Australia for a list of species recorded in Shell Beach Conservation Park.
We recognise and acknowledge Malgana Aboriginal people as the traditional owners of Shell Beach Conservation Park.