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by Ivana Katz (subscribe)
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Published June 7th 2012
Shelly Beach (sometimes referred to as Shelley Beach) is located in Manly, on Sydney's Northern Beaches. As the name suggests, one can find plenty of sea shells and children can keep busy for hours collecting them, so don't forget to bring a bucket or a container to store them in. Alternatively kids can create art and collages using materials they find on the beach. Check out Art at the beach for more information.

The beach is protected from the ocean swell by the reef, so there are no waves and as such the beach is suitable for even young children. Large trees ensure there is plenty of shade on hot summer days.

Shelley Beach has a Sandbar kiosk/cafe and a very popular fully licensed restaurant Le Kiosk, which offers spectacular views of the beach and Manly and serves modern Australian cuisine and exceptional seafood.

Children can ride their scooters on the footpath nearby. There are also BBQs and grassy areas with tables and seating, so you can enjoy a great picnic.

You will often see divers suiting up as the area is safe and has easy access. Underwater visibility is generally very good, with plenty of marine life close by. Kids who are good swimmers can enjoy snorkelling in the area. Toilets, changing rooms and showers are located near the kiosk.

Shelley Beach is also a popular venue for weddings, namings and family celebrations. Paid parking is available at the top of the beach and also some street parking is nearby. Alternatively you can park in Manly and walk – it takes approximately 10 minutes from the south end of Manly Beach.

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Why? Spectacular Family Beach
When: All year round
Where: Bower Street, Shelly Beach
Cost: Free
Your Comment
How could we get into Shelley beach
by shani (score: 0|5) 3080 days ago
Hi Ivana nice article on Shelly beach. However there is a mistake I live in Manly and the Le Kiosk restaurant has been gone for over a year, In its place is the Manly Boat House restaurant which is also at Balmoral and palm Beach. I did a article on it about six months ago. Sorry hope you don't mind comment thought you should know and change google it and you will see. Regards Caroleann
by Caroleann (score: 1|76) 2485 days ago
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