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Rock Hopping from Kings Beach to Shelley Beach

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by Leanne McCabe (subscribe)
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Published May 13th 2018
Kings Beach on the rocks
A different way to explore Kings Beach.

I've walked the coastal path from Kings Beach to Shelly Beach many times and each time, I just love looking at the rocky shoreline.

As a kid, I used to love going to a beach that had lots of rocks that I could explore and hop around on for hours. This week, I decided to see if I could rock-hop all the way from Kings Beach to Shelly Beach.

Rocks at Kings Beach
The beginning of our rock hopping

I started my little rock-hopping adventure at Mets on Kings at the northern end of Kings Beach. It was quite low tide, so there were lots of rocks exposed which made for an easy start to my journey.

kings beach, sunshine coast
Large flat rocks are easy to walk on

There were so many photos waiting to be taken, a rock here, a puddle there, some slippery rocks, waves crashing, fishermen, birds, crabs and even a ship or two.

kings beach, sunshine coast
Lots of big ships pass by

The first part was easy and fun. Once I reached the boat ramp, I could see that it was about to become a bit trickier. With my camera stashed safely away, I climbed up over the bigger rocks and easily made it to the headland.

From there it flattened out again so out came the camera once more. As you round the headland coming towards Shelly Beach, there are some cave-like rocks with water seeping through them dripping onto the rocks below.

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Rocky cliffs near Shelly Beach

The whole rock hopping jaunt is only 1km - but that one kilometre packs a punch of fun and photo opportunities. I can't wait to share this fun, free activity with my family.

1. Wear shoes with grip
2. Go at low tide
3. Take your camera but have a bag to put it in when you need your hands to climb over some rocks
4. Take your time to really enjoy the rock pools.
5. Go with friends or family.

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Why? To rock hop from Kings to Shelly Beach
When: Low tide any day
Where: Start at northern end of Kings Beach
Cost: Free
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