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Shelly Beach

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Address: | Manly, Sydney, New South Wales 2095, Australia
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We walked around from Manly after the bluebottles put us off the main beach. Glad we did, this is a lovely spot and a great walk. Sea was swarm, we saw a couple of fish... read more

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Auckland, New Zealand
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178 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We walked around from Manly after the bluebottles put us off the main beach. Glad we did, this is a lovely spot and a great walk. Sea was swarm, we saw a couple of fish. Recommended

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A tropical beach with clear water. Loved this beach when myself and my boyfriend visited manly, just a short stroll from manly main beach, and much quieter and more idillic. Perfection!

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Shelly Beach was the perfect choice for beginners snorkelling experience! A lovely small laid-back beach where everyone was doing 'something' - not just posing! We didn't visit the restaurants - but the facilities for those using the beach were fine.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My husband did his scuba training here, is great for families, water not too deep, nice but expensive restaurant there, nice walk from Manly Beach

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Wanaka, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A good alternative to Manly surf beach with good access to a cafe and plenty of space. Also a nice coastal walk to get there and at the start of the North Head walk.

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Our daughter lives in Sydney so bought us to Manley to show us around. The walk from the ferry to Manley beach is about 10 mins via the shops! From Manley beach to Shelly beach is a 20 min stroll - but a lovely walk and the beach itself is lovely. Cafes etc are available. Nice treat.

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Hornsby, NSW, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A pretty beach with a totally different aspect to most others. A great walk from Manly around to Shelly Beach giving you the perfect calm beach to have a swim. Well worth the walk.

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Pelham, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

In some other locales, this beach would be amazing. But in the context of the Northern Beaches, it's just fine. It's not very large. There is shade around the edges, which is nice. As well as an outpost of the Boathouse, which is great.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We walked here from North Head. At that time the path from Manly beach was closed The Beach is sheltered and good for snorkelling. It is surrounded by trees and popular with scuba divers. There is a cafe and changing rooms A quick walk up to the car park is worth it for the sea views

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great place to go snorkelling in Sydney, there is amazing fish, and sea turtles, a baby squid families. Only thing I found was the amount of plastic in the water, bottle wrapper, balloons, plastic bags, we spent the day, collecting as much plastic as we could. if you love the sea please do this too. The sea... More 

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Staying in Manly

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Manly
A 40-minute ferry ride from Circular Quay will take you to the famous northern beach of Manly. The beaches here are perfect for learning to surf or spending the day sun-tanning. The walk from Spit Bridge to Manly is a great way to experience Sydney Harbour Bay and the Australian bush land. Along the foreshore, there are plenty of watering holes and wine bars with excellent cuisine. There are plenty of kid-friendly restaurants as well, especially along the family-oriented areas like Shelly Beach. An excellent way to experience Manly is to rent a bike and explore the dedicated bike paths and off road trails. The North Head National Park is another must-see. Located on the southern tip of Manly, North Head National Park offers great bushwalks and panoramic views of the city.
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