Hid­den trea­sure of­fers per­fect bar­rel

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THROW down a towel, soak up the sun and dip your toes in the rock pools; Shelly Beach is a hid­den trea­sure that is a treat for all.

The start of the first set­tle­ment at Shelly Beach started in the 1860s. Dur­ing World War II, Shelly Beach was off-lim­its and lined with barbed wire fences with no ac­cess.

This lo­ca­tion was then pri­mar­ily used for agri­cul­ture and graz­ing.

The area is renowned for its un­touched land and the ab­sence of high-rise build­ings in the sky­line.

Be­lieved to be named af­ter the mass amount of shells cov­er­ing the beach, Shelly Beach was also known for the col­lec­tion of shell grit that was taken to Bris­bane by barge to cre­ate mor­tar for build­ing foun­da­tions. It was also sold to poul­try sup­pli­ers. To­day the sub­urb has grown into a mixed area, with the ma­jor­ity of real es­tate com­pris­ing low-rises and un­pre­ten­tious hous­ing.

Lo­cated within the ur­ban re­gion of Caloun­dra, fac­ing east be­tween Mof­fat and Caloun­dra Heads, Shelly Beach is a pop­u­lar surf beach, which of­fers con­sis­tent beach breaks, ideal for the ad­vanced surfer.

The north­ern end of the beach is known to spit out the per­fect bar­rel.

Shelly beach of­fers a swim­ming lo­ca­tion, how­ever it is bounded by rock plat­forms, to­gether with rocks in the cen­tre of the beach. The re­sult of the rock for­ma­tions is a steep re­flec­tive beach with no bar, which can cause strong per­ma­nent rips be­tween the cen­tral rocks.

A walk along the wa­ter­front will lead you to many pic­turesque out­looks that Shelly Beach is well-known for.

With in­ter­est­ing and nat­u­ral for­ma­tions to ex­plore, the kids will love dis­cov­er­ing and search­ing for sea life that has been known to hang around.

Black sea cu­cum­bers, rose bar­na­cles and blue peri­win­kles are just a few nat­u­ral beau­ties to be found.

If a coastal walk is more your thing, en­joy a long stretch of footpaths fol­low­ing the coast­line.

Start­ing at Shelly Beach, Des Dwyer Walkway con­nects to Mof­fat Beach to the north and links up with Caloun­dra’s beau­ti­ful coastal path­way.

A gor­geous 9km track fol­lows the coast­line and is sure to be­come a favoured Sun­day af­ter­noon stroll.

Re­lax with a good book and lis­ten to the sounds of the waves as the kids play on the swings and shaded play equip­ment.

Pack a pic­nic and en­joy lunch out of the sun at the pic­nic fa­cil­i­ties, which also in­clude a bar­be­cue.

With a charm­ing seren­ity that can be hard to come by at some of Queens­land beaches, come and dis­cover the rock pools.

Along with the fas­ci­nat­ing rock for­ma­tion, sit and watch the waves crash­ing on to what is a pris­tine beach en­closed by Caloun­dra’s scenic head­land.

Shelly Beach.

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