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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  • The walk is lovely along the pathway that passes fairy Bower ....drop in for a swim in this sea water pool on a hot day ! Magical spot for me here in Manly  more »
  • Love Shelly beach, it’s such a great little bay at the end of manly beach. It’s a great walk from the wharf through the middle and along to beach to Shelly beach. Grab an icecream and go and sit on th...  more »
  • An early morning walk along Shelly beach up to the seafront lookouts and then back to a breakfast cafe - a beautiful to start the day.  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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