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Shelly Beach

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Type: Beaches, Outdoors
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Yeovil, United Kingdom
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93 reviews 93 reviews
37 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014 NEW

A lovely walk along Manly Beach to Shelly Beach. Lots of bits of art and installations along with way. A little cute cove and great beach for small children. Really clean and safe.

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Sydney, Australia
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48 reviews 48 reviews
25 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 NEW

Great place to walk to via the Manly beach front. Parking is minimal but its a lovely walk. Its sheltered so there are only tiny waves and there is a restaurant and kiosk but they are pretty expensive. Nice small beach pool is off the walkway with public toilets available. If your visiting Manly this is a good place to... More 

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Bondi, Australia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

This is a great place to spend the evening. Kids have lots of safe a secluded place to play. Adults may rest on the beach or in the close by park. Places to eat are just a couple steps away.

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Chicago, Illinois
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

We ended the Manly/Shelly scenic walk here, as did several hundred others. Not a large beach, but, we found enough space to set our stuff down without being on top of another group. It's a small cove so the waves are calm. Oh yeah, there's a ton of shells - hence the name.

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Christchurch, United Kingdom
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33 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

A lovely secluded little beach about half a mile along the pathway running by the seashore. However, if you are looking for some nourishment at the end of your walk the only place currently available by the beach is a mobile takeaway coffee bar as the nearby restaurant/cafe/shop is undergoing major resoration and it looks like it will be several... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Nice family beach without big ocean waves. Was snorkelling 50 meters from beach and there were lots of large fish. Nearby parking in very limited and is quite expensive ($16 per day) Here is underwater video taken on that beach. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1Ybza3Zhnc

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

its a great walk to do and also a bike path on non busy days which is also good there is a coffee shop at the end and also one halfway along. shelly beach is great for snorkelling and very clean we mainly go there just for the walk really if you're spending the day in Manly a walk up... More 

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New York
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

I came here for some of the best local Scuba Diving around without hitting the Great Barrier Reef. Beach is lovely. Sculptures embedded in the stones around. Natural beautiful plants and lizards are about and are protected. Great for snorkling as well.

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San Diego, California
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

We loved this beach. It is a short walk from Manly beach but has a very different flavor since it is less crowded and more intimate. We swam at this beach and wanted to stay longer.

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Bateau Bay, Australia
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

The walk itself from Manly to Shelly is excellent, being well surfaced, and some excellent sculptures embedded in the retaining wall. The cafe is being extensively rebuilt. The diving and snorkeling look good but not for me. Try the walk from Shelly to North head - a good view.

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