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Shelly Beach

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Address: | Manly, Sydney, New South Wales 2095, Australia
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Busy but fab

Our daughter lives in Sydney so bought us to Manley to show us around. The walk from the ferry to Manley beach is about 10 mins via the shops! From Manley beach to Shelly beach is... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Coventry, United Kingdom
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Our daughter lives in Sydney so bought us to Manley to show us around. The walk from the ferry to Manley beach is about 10 mins via the shops! From Manley beach to Shelly beach is a 20 min stroll - but a lovely walk and the beach itself is lovely. Cafes etc are available. Nice treat.

Thank 603jonathanw
Hornsby, NSW, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A pretty beach with a totally different aspect to most others. A great walk from Manly around to Shelly Beach giving you the perfect calm beach to have a swim. Well worth the walk.

Thank Heather M
Pelham, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

In some other locales, this beach would be amazing. But in the context of the Northern Beaches, it's just fine. It's not very large. There is shade around the edges, which is nice. As well as an outpost of the Boathouse, which is great.

Thank JMS18
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We walked here from North Head. At that time the path from Manly beach was closed The Beach is sheltered and good for snorkelling. It is surrounded by trees and popular with scuba divers. There is a cafe and changing rooms A quick walk up to the car park is worth it for the sea views

Thank Marianne H
Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great place to go snorkelling in Sydney, there is amazing fish, and sea turtles, a baby squid families. Only thing I found was the amount of plastic in the water, bottle wrapper, balloons, plastic bags, we spent the day, collecting as much plastic as we could. if you love the sea please do this too. The sea... More 

Thank 508chaneller
Windsor, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a great day sunbathing and snorkelling on this beach, which is a 20-minute walk from the ferry port. Take a picnic and drinks if possible as the only place to buy from is very expensive.

Thank Bernadette2209
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Unlike Manly, Cooogee and Bondi this is a quiet beach off the beaten track set in a beautiful little bay not far from Manly Bay

1 Thank alwtrm2016
Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went snorkeling here with Eco Treasures - amazing day! Saw a shark and baby stingray along with a Blue Grouper and many other marine life. The area is on a protected preserve so no boating allowed!

1 Thank Tracey V
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I rated Manly beaches as my preferred - this stretch of the beach is my reason for that! I love Shelly Beach - it's a lot quieter than other beaches and it is most popular with locals and travellers in the "know"

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A few minutes walk from Manly centre, this beach is secluded and quiet with excellent sunbathing and swimming

1 Thank mgsnorwich

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A 40-minute ferry ride from Circular Quay will take you to the famous northern beach of Manly. The beaches here are perfect for learning to surf or spending the day sun-tanning. The walk from Spit Bridge to Manly is a great way to experience Sydney Harbour Bay and the Australian bush land. Along the foreshore, there are plenty of watering holes and wine bars with excellent cuisine. There are plenty of kid-friendly restaurants as well, especially along the family-oriented areas like Shelly Beach. An excellent way to experience Manly is to rent a bike and explore the dedicated bike paths and off road trails. The North Head National Park is another must-see. Located on the southern tip of Manly, North Head National Park offers great bushwalks and panoramic views of the city.
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