The township of Denham began as a pearling camp named, appropriately, Freshwater Camp. It was renamed after Captain Henry Denham charted the Shark Bay coastline, and is now the hub of the region with a number of accommodation, tour and dining options.
As you stroll around the town, look out for buildings that have evidence of shells used in construction. The shells were taken from Shell Beach – a vast 120 km stretch of coastline made up entirely of tiny white shells up to 10 metres deep. In the Shark Bay sunshine, the effect is stunning.
Shell Beach is 45 km south-east of Denham and worth a stop on your way to or from the town.