As this panorama shows, Shelley Beach is in a small cove. It is a little out of the center of Manly, and not as busy as Manly Beach itself. This panorama was taken late in the afternoon, people were setting up barbecues and relaxing.
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Panorama of Shelley Beach at the southern end of Manly Peninsula, approximately ten minutes walk south of the main Manly Beach. Manly Peninsula is on the northern shore of Sydney Harbour.
Shelley beach is a west facing beach, protected from the ocean swells and is a marine reserve popular with scuba divers and snorkelers. A much smaller and quieter beach than the surfing beaches, Shelley is ideal for families and has facilities including free BBQ, showers, toilets and a small kiosk for light snacks. Being surrounded by trees and lawns, this secluded beach is often used as a venue for weddings and celebrations.
There's a bush track around the headland past the famous Bower breaker - a rock which breaks the swell into clean, ideal surf waves. This path continues around the northern beaches taking in Manly, North Head and Fairy Bower.
The waters off Shelley beach are part of the Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve, which includes the whole foreshore of the bay from Manly Surf Life Saving Club to the northern end of Shelly Beach Headland, and includes the whole of Cabbage Tree Bay. Shelley Beach itself is part of the Shelley Beach Reserve, there is a coastal walk along the headland.
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Shelley Beach is at the end of Bower Street, though it may be easier to walk along the sea front from Manly Beach. Ferries to the Manly Ferry Terminal link Manly to Circular Quay in central Sydney.