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Manly, New South Wales 2095, Australia
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I liked the laid back family orientated vibe at Shelley beach. The coffee shops, cafe and a gift shop along the walk were lovely.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank angelichealinghands
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

One of the nicest beaches away from the hustle bustle of Sydney. Worth seeking out this gem. One of those places still pristine and pleasant for a day trip. Take your camera and respect this unspoiled gem.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank John L
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This is a little inlet off the main beach in Manly. It is quite popular with families as it is quite shallow on entering the water but it does drop off quickly as you go out. Great spot for the snorkelling as there is plenty...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 286willieb
Reviewed 1 week ago

Situated along a walkway from Manly's main surf beach, this beach is popular with families. It is very busy on the weekend

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Aussielins
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My daughter and I got up to view the sunrise whilst we were staying st the Sebel on manly and walked out favourite walk to Shelly beach. It’s just a picturesque place. Just beautiful . Without the crowds just the very healthy beautiful people we...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Kym P
Reviewed 1 week ago

Because the beach is sheltered from the worst of the waves, except on a North Easterly, Shellly Beach is a safe and therefore popular beach. Sadly on the day we were there, the water was full of a mix of finely mashed seaweed and kelp,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank GordonplusE
Reviewed 1 week ago

Really, really enjoyed this beach. Very family friendly especially with the way the water hits the shore (which is to say, there's very little waves), it's perfect for the little ones. The sand itself was "ok" in the sense that it wasn't the finest, perfect...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Justin S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Popular beach with a restaurant and facilities nearby. Good for snorkeling or Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUPing). Calm waters great for kids. The only problem is that there is not a lot of shade and the shade that there is is not close to the water....More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank JezandStacy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very busy but better than main beach at manly. Short walk from Manly. Has cafe. Is start of wonderful walk to north head.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank tessgi0
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This extremely popular beach in the Manly area and Shelly Beach is apparently the only beach in Sydney that faces west. Generally a calm beach as it is rather protected by the open ocean waters it great for all ages. This cove or inlet edges...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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11 September 2018|
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Response from bronnietrips | Reviewed this property |
The food is overrated and expensive
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Response from vivian q | Reviewed this property |
Although the beach itself is calm, but if you wonder too far away, you will be in the open ocean where the current​ can be dangerous. There are venomous sea life as well to be cautious of, best go with a local experienced... More
Mary T
12 January 2015|
Response from Rochelle12452 |
150 people in one group is a lot, I am presuming buses, the car park allows drop it ft but I don't think there is designated bus space. The grassed area would be nice for a large group and the small beach is suitable for... More