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Shelly Beach to South Cronulla Esplanade

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by Gary Brown (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer and photographer from Sydney who has now had five books published on fishing. I also write for the NSW Fishing Monthly, Visit the Shire, Fisho App & Tackle Tactics. I also like to travel and experience new things to do.
Published January 12th 2015
Treat yourself to some summer fun and go for a walk, swim, surf, body board, scuba dive, snorkel and fish.

Shelly Beach ocean pool can get crowed on the weekends


Care needs to be taken when walking down the stairs into the ocean pool at Shelly Beach


The grassed area above the ocean pool at Shelly Beach is a great place for those sun shades

Why don't you treat yourself to some summer fun and go for a walk, swim, surf, body board, scuba dive, snorkel and fish your way along the stretch of coastline from Shelly Beach to South Cronulla? The Esplanade at Cronulla stretches all the way from Salmon Haul Bay in the south to Wanda Beach in the north. It is quite an easy walk to do and at what I would class as a stroll. It would take you about 40 minutes each way.

At high tide the waves will wash into the pool at Shelly Beach keeping it fresh


There is anoutdoor shower to rinse off the saltwater near the pool


Shelly Beach change sheds and toilets

Quite often I will go with my wife Leanne down to the ocean rock pool at the bottom of Shelly Beach Park for a few hours to have a swim, sit under the umbrella and read, have another couple of swims, sit and watch the passing parade and then go for a walk along the Esplanade at Cronulla. One of my favourite sections is the one from Shelly Beach to the shops at Cronulla Mall. This section would take about 15 minutes each way.

Walk south from Shelly Beach to Windy Point where you could catch a wave

At Shelly Beach the parking can be a bit of a nightmare during the summer months, but you will be able to find plenty of parking in the nearby streets. Some of which lead down to the Esplanade.

The ocean pool at Shelly is a tidal pool and it has a small beach area, concrete stairs and grassed area for you to be able to set up while you go for a swim. The pool itself has a concrete wall on three sides with a chained handrail on the top and at its deepest part would be around 1.8 metres. The bottom of the pool is a combination of sand, shell and some rock, but this will vary from season to season and the condition of the seas. This is a great pool to bring the family.

You could go rock pool exploring


Why not have a BBQ after you have a swim

Nearby is a park with gas BBQs, children's playground, toilets, change room, covered in seating and a couple of outdoor freshwater showers. If you are after a quick bite to eat or that coffee you missed out on you could take a short walk (about five minutes) up the top of the park and go to either the Shelly Park Shop or the Nuns Pool.

Great food at the Shelly Park shop


While there you could call into The Nuns Pool for a bite to eat or drink

As you walk north from Shelly Beach, you will go past Shark Island where they hold the Shark Island Body Board Challenge every year around October, Cronulla Point (where I snapped one of my surfboards in half), and the South Cronulla Beach Surf Life Saving Club, Zimzala's, Barefoot on the Beach Cafe and if you take the higher footpath you will come to Club Cronulla.

Not only will you find a patrolled (check patrolling times) sandy beach at South Cronulla, you have a grassed area, toilets, change rooms, outdoor shower, tree lined park, a children's playground and you also have a number of eat-in and take-away shops. Even though I do catch my own seafood, one of my favourite fish and chips shops is South Beach Seafoods, where you can get one of the best seafood lunches in Cronulla. They have dine-in or take-way meals.

One of my favourite fish and chips shops is South Beach Seafoods at South Cronulla


Grilled dory, chips, salad and calamari from South Beach Seafoods. What a terrific combination

Places to Dine at or Have a Coffee

Click on the following links to find out more:

1. Shelly Park Shop
2. The Nuns Pool.
3. Zimzala's


Great water views to be had while dining at Zimzala's

4. Barefoot on the Beach Cafe

Don't forget to call into the Barefoot on the Beach Cafe if you are going past

5. South Beach Seafood's
6. The Old Library Restuarant and Bar
7. Fratelli Del Mare
8. Club Cronulla

Things to See and Do

Click on the following links to find out more:

1. South Cronulla Surf Life Saving club
2. Shark-Island-Challenge
Shark Island Challenge You Tube courtesy of Shark Island Challenge Company
3. Surfing
4. Stand up Paddle Boarding.

Great place to go stand up paddle boarding and surf board riding

5. Lawn Bowls
6. Cronulla Plaza Shopping
7. Scuba Diving

Scuba diver courtesy of Wikipedia

So the next time you are looking for somewhere to go where you can treat yourself out for a morning or for a day, why don't you either get in your car or take public transport to this section of the Esplanade at Cronulla and have some summer fun?

You could sit under the shade in Shelly Beach Park or have a picnic if the sun gets too hot


After a swim or a walk you could take the kids to the fenced off play area in Shelly Beach Park
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Why? Treat yourself to some summer fun and go for a walk, swim, surf and fish.
When: Year round
Where: Sutherland Shire - Cronulla
Your Comment
First two photos caption is "Shelly Beach" ?
by varad (score: 0|9) 1369 days ago
Great article, Gary. Very well researched and illustrated.
by helte (score: 0|8) 1370 days ago
Nice article... great info on the old library building and the change to an amazing new restaurant.. One small spelling crticism ... dessert not desert.
by noork (score: 0|2) 1369 days ago
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