Shelly Beach is a protected, north facing beach just a short walk from Manly
. Many visitors to Sydney take the Circular Quay
ferry to Manly to spend a morning there, then take the picturesque fifteen minute walk to Shelly Beach for the afternoon. The calm waters make it a favourite with families and swimmers, and it's a particularly great spot for scuba diving. The area is a protected aquatic reserve so fishing isn't permitted and multitudes of marine life prosper. There are scuba diving schools nearby which hire out equipment and arrange lessons. This protected beach is ideal for beginning divers. For bushwalkers, there is a track which makes its way around the headland, offering good views.
A restaurant and kiosk back onto the beach and there are free gas BBQs, showers, toilets, and metered parking available. Address: Bower Street, Manly, NSW, 2095.