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Shelly Beach, Sydney
(4.7/5 based on 900+ reviews on the web)
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 Sydney, use our Sydney vacation trip planner.
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  • To see how beautiful parts of Australia are..come and see Shelly beach near Manly,When you arrive in the area,make your way along to the ocean foreshore at Manly Beach,then head south on the ocean wal...  more »
  • A short walk along the coastal path from the main Manly Beach is this wonderful little sheltered beach. It seems much more suitable for families given the sheltered nature of the beach and the water. ...  more »
  • Away from the crowds of the main beach at Manly and a short walk along path to Shelly Beach. Bay water is more protected so ideal for younger families to swim. Restaurant and kiosk available for meals...  more »
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  • Bbq area and a quiet beach. Doesnt get heavy surf. A really lovely place.
  • Great family friendly beach. Tip: join the Bold & Beautiful swim from Manly to Shelly beach at 7am everyday.
  • Its beautiful here! A real paradise in my eyes.
  • One of the best beaches in Sydney. The only west facing beach on the east coast of Australia giving it protection from winds. Great for snorkeling and diving.
  • Awesome beach! Clear water, good for diving and beautiful views