Shelly Beach, Manly

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Shelly Beach is the only west-facing beach on Australia's eastern coast. These waters, part of a protected marine reserve, are filled with a variety of sea life, including species of the eastern blue groper, weedy sea dragon, gloomy octopus, and little penguin. Clear shallow waters lapping this beach make it a popular spot for scuba divers and snorkelers. A haven for sun seekers, this coastline is sheltered from the ocean swell by a reef that faces west. For refreshments, drop by Le Kiosk, a small beach restaurant selling light seafood meals, cold drinks, ice cream, and coffee. To visit Shelly Beach and get the most from your holiday in Manly, create itinerary details personal to you using our Manly journey builder tool .
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  • Pristine area. We walked from the Q Station, through the bush land and entered into the upper car park. We then walked to Manly and Queenscliffe by the water. There are coffee shops and eateries along...  more »
  • Very busy being a Saturday morning. Service level and quality of food was Excellent. Wifey had scones and I had poached eggs and bacon. Yummy all round.  more »
  • As a local we often visit Shelly beach. You can access the beach by walking past Manly Surf Club and around along the path. I highly recommend this - it’s a nice walk with spectacular views of the bea...  more »
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  • Most westward facing beach in Australia. The waters are calm with almost no waves, great for a relaxing dip n swim. If you’re after waves Manley’s your best bet.
  • I'm always amazed by Sydney and its beautiful beaches so close to the CBD. Shelly Beach is no exception, and we go even during the holiday season because it's just that worth it. Just south from the more touristy Manly Beach, Shelly is a small, but beautiful alcove of happy, sun-kissed people and the smell of bbq in the air. Adjacent to the beach is Cabbage Tree Bay which is an aquatic reserve, so it is no surprise to see that it's some of the most pristine water around Sydney. Be careful on your entry as you'll feel all the little broken shells under your feet that give the beach its name. This is an excellent place for beginner snorkelers since it's shallow and plenty of sea life to entertain you. Unfortunately, if you're looking to get away from people, this is not the place to go. Be prepared to run into several other swimmers, snorkelers, and plenty of novice scuba divers doing their course. It's almost overwhelming to see so many species of fish, and just as you're pointing out something eye-catching, another cool thing swims along. There's a local celebrity Blue Grouper named George (or Harry... big dispute) that you're pretty much guaranteed to see while you're out. We're still on the search for a Weedy Sea Dragon, but the squads of squid, rays, and other colourful fish will keep you enthralled. Look out for Moray Eels and Lionfish too!
  • This beach is a really good alternative to Manly beach. It is much less crowded. Nice views. You also have access to the free BBQs, however, be prepared to share them with others. It is also not so clean beach. However, the main downside is a parking, $10/h.
  • It is very beautiful and peaceful.
  • Lovely piece of Sydney. Great for snorkelling, the water is pristine and beautiful, there are shower and toilet facilities and you have a great Cafe at the boathouse (even if it is a little pricey).

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