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Shelly Beach

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Ranked #12 of 293 attractions in Sydney
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Type: Beaches
Traveler Description: Manly Beach to Shelley Beach  Manly Beach is about one mile long with a large foreshore and golden sands. The Northern end is called Queenscliff... more »
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

This beach is perfect for families as it's smaller and quite secluded. The sea is much calmer. There are some toilet facilities which are not brill but we were certainly very thankful for them! Would highly recommend giving this beach a look.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Great walk to Shelly Beach, which on the day was popular for a swim because of wild surf. Pity the restaurant nearby was closed

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

This small beach which faces north is pretty and sits facing Manly and is enclosed by bush. Good spot to snorkel. Walk from Manly very easy and takes about 10 mins or less.

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Ambleside, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

One of my favorite beaches in Sydney. If you have the time, do the walk from Manly Beach. It's a beautiful stroll and you can even take a dip in the sea pool on the way.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

A short walk along a path from Manly brings you to Shelly Beach, one of the only westerly facing beaches in NSW. Safe bathing, calm waters, lovely beach backed by palm trees (a great place to get married .... I did!!) and a good cafe next to the beach

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

If you haven't snorkelled before then this is a good place to try your hand at it. Shelly is quieter than Manly and due to the natural bay the water is usually calm. We rented flippers and snorkels at a nearby shop and spent hours in the water looking at the marine fauna. Initially, snorkelling made me feel panicky (something... More

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Definitely the place to go to for snorkeling if you're a beginner. Really calm water Despite the lack of parking, you can easily catch a ferry to Manly and walk over to this little beach

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 via mobile

Great little beach reached by a scenic walk from Manly.We usually visit each time we are in Sydney. My husband and son enjoy snorkelling there as it is a marine reserve.We have special memories as my son and daughter in law were married there.

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Half an hour on the ferry from Sydney, 10 min walk to Manly beach and then a pleasant 20min stroll to Shelly beach. Gently sloping, sandy, peaceful, nearby facilities and refreshments, in contrast to the busier more commercialised Manly beach. Play area for children, and good swimming and snorkelling for adults. Sheltered from prevailing wind, a veritable sun-trap.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Bring your snorkelling gear, thats what everyone does there. There are juvenile snapper and i saw some cuttle fish as well as quite a few wrasse and mullet. There is a break there to surf as well. Make sure to walk to manly from there, its well worth it.

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