Shelly (Shelley) Beach
Just next to the long beach at Manly is tiny Shelly Beach, a small and beautiful beach that is a bit of a Sydney mecca for snorkelling and diving. It can be busy on any given day during the warmer months, and is used for diving lessons. Shelly Beach is also the only inland facing ocean beach on the east coast of Australia. This position provides a lot of shelter for the beach, which contributes to the great variety of sea life you can see. It is a great place for snorkelling and diving, particularly for beginner divers. Part of the Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve, there is a wide variety of marine life. If you’re diving (and the swell is not big), then head out from the right-hand side of the beach, and around the point.
If you’re snorkelling, both sides can be enjoyed – but if heading on the right-side of the beach take care before venturing out beyond the point.
How to get there:
Bus: Shelly Beach is a 15 minute walk from Manly Beach, so you can take a bus to Manly and walk over.
Car: There is a paid parking area at Shelly Beach, which does fill up quickly on busy days. To get there head north over the bridge or through the tunnel, and follow the signs to Manly through Mosman, onto Spit Road, over the Spit Bridge. Turn right onto Sydney Road, and follow it to Manly. At the end of Sydney Road, turn right onto Belgrave Street, left onto East Esplanade, left onto Victoria Parade, right onto Darley Road, left onto Cliff Street, then right onto Bower Street. Follow it all the way to the carpark. Ferry: It is a 15 minute walk from the ferry terminal to the beach. There are two options, the standard ferry and the privately run service Manly Fast Ferry. Both services run from Wharf 6.