Shiny Shelly Beach

Written by The Bug




Shelly Beach is located in Manly and forms part of Cabbage Tree Bay, a protected marine reserve which lies adjacent to North Head and Fairy Bower. Shelly Beach is protected from the ocean swell by the reef that lies on the right hand side of the beach (when facing the ocean). With a maximum depth of approximately 12 metres, Shelly Beach has become popular with Scuba Divers and Snorkelers alike with a large variety of marine life which can viewed in relatively shallow water. Many areas are shallow with depths ranging from 2 to 6 metres.

There is a bush track around the headland offering spectacular views of the Northern Beaches and North Head. From the centre of Manly a leisurely walk along the seaside esplanade will take between 10-20 mins to Shelly Beach. Shelly Beach has showers, toilets and a kiosk along with two free electric barbeques, perfect for that family picnic. One more thing! Shelly Beach is the only west facing beach on the eastern coast of Australia. The facilities also include parking at the rate of $8.00 an hour.

On the western point of the beach is a famous surf break known as “Bower”, offering one of the most shallow breaking waves in Sydney. Further along from Bower are Winki and Deadman’s, two other well-known breaks which are popular with surfers, especially on south-east, and east swells.


If you are wondering what to do in Manly, this is ideal for those wishing to experience the best and unique natural gems Manly has to offer.

Jae Won Shin

The Bug, UNSW

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