Shelly Beach, Manly

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#1 of 15 in Beaches in Greater Sydney
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 other attractions in Manly, use our Manly vacation trip planner.
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  • August 14, 2017
    I had a lovely walk to Shelley Beach today with my family.We had lunch at the newly renovated Shelley Beach Kiosk, it was great. This place is ideal for children to play on the sand.  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    Once you arrive with the ferry just take a nice walk along the water. I was happy seeing a big lizard on my way there. The water is clear and refreshing and you can even snorkel there.  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    This is a very popular walk and if you are visiting Manly - its a lovely walk along the ocean and than we get to Shelly Beach where there is a great cafe called The boathouse. Must tell it is very bus...  more »

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The range of accommodations in Manly caters to different budgetary needs, and offers a relaxed, cheerful alternative to the busy hotels and bed and breakfasts of cosmopolitan Sydney across the water. Many of the lodgings boast beachfront locations, within ideal walking distance of all the amenities on the Corso strip. With most of the hotels and bed and breakfasts so conveniently located, you'll be perfectly positioned for June's Manly Food and Wine Festival and October's International Jazz Festival, both attended by scores of tourists and locals--just be sure to reserve in advance.
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