Shell Beach can be found about 40 km outside of Denham. It is one of the more popular tourists spots.
It is the only one of two beaches in the world that consist of only shells. In fact, shells run about 7 to 10 meters deep, and were once used to create bricks for building in Denham. One can still see these bricks in some buildings in Denham.
The reason for the mass production of shells is a result of a prolific production of the cockle species fragum erugatum. This species thrives in the condition which have high salinity and very, if any, natural predators due to the salinity in the water.
The beach itself stretches for about 60 km. Today, special permit is given to mine for calcium (for poultry feed) and exotic mulch for gardens.
On the time we visited the beach it was extremely windy. With a white/grey clouds in the horizon made it a little challenging to take photos.
If you decided to swim, then you MUST wear swim shoes. I did try to do the bare foot thing for a little bit, but soon found the shells so sharp that they almost cut through my foot.
Rules to the beach are simply ~ please enjoy the scenery but do not take any shells back with you. Unfortunately, not many respected this rule and were soon filling up bottle of shells as souvenirs.
The best time to visit this beach will be in the early morning at sun rise. This is when the wind is not as evasive as in the afternoon. However, many (like us) might not have this option.
Shell Beach is one of the few locations that have toilets. They are drop toilets which means there is no flushing system. There is no drinking water at this site.
Overall – I was not as impressed with Shell beach as other locations. I would definitely say wind was a contributing factor to this experience. However, I hope that I may witness a windless beach in the near future.
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