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IT’S one of the Sun­shine Coast’s most tightly held sub­urbs.

Al­ways in de­mand, Shelly Beach is tucked away be­tween Mof­fat and Caloun­dra Head­lands and is per­haps the most pri­vate of Caloun­dra’s famed east­ern beaches.

There are some sub­stan­tial prop­er­ties in the area among orig­i­nal homes from the 1950s and ’60s when the nat­u­ral ad­van­tages of the area were re­alised.

No mat­ter where you are, it is prob­a­bly no more than 800m to the sand.

Here, you can throw down a towel, soak up the sun and dip your toes in the rock pools as Shelly Beach is a treat for all.

Adding to its res­i­den­tial ap­peal, Shelly Beach has only one com­mer­cial prop­erty in the sub­urb – the cor­ner store.

Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic School and Church are other land­marks.

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

Later, this ex­quis­ite lo­ca­tion was pri­mar­ily used for agri­cul­ture and graz­ing.

Be­lieved to be named af­ter the amount of shells cov­er­ing the beach, to­day the sub­urb has grown into a mixed area, with most real es­tate com­pris­ing low-rises and un­pre­ten­tious abodes as well as ar­chi­tect-de­signed hous­ing.

Shelly Beach is prime res­i­den­tial prop­erty. The me­dian sales price at March 2018 was $870,000, up from $673,000 five years ago but off the all-time high of $1.15 mil­lion in March/April last year.

The area is tightly held and sales for the past year have fallen within the $600,000–$2 mil­lion price range.

Caloun­dra’s first ho­tel (1885) was at the cor­ner of Al­fred St and Vic­to­ria Tce, at the south­ern end of the beach. The orig­i­nal ho­tel was re­placed by the Ho­tel Fran­cis (1906) in Al­bert St, which be­came a well-known and pop­u­lar meet­ing place for the com­mu­nity.

Soon af­ter the war, the Ho­tel Fran­cis Es­tate was launched near the ho­tel.

That ho­tel has been de­mol­ished to make way for five res­i­den­tial blocks.

About 1990 the for­mer beach­front car­a­van park along Vic­to­ria Tce was trans­formed into high-end res­i­den­tial hous­ing.

Al­bert St was so wide be­cause it was planned to be the main street of Caloun­dra. The po­lice sta­tion was in King St.

The orig­i­nal Shel­ley Beach hol­i­day park has left a legacy of walk­ways through the area to the beach.

One of the Sun­shine Coast’s hid­den gems, fac­ing di­rectly east, this stretch of ocean front is un­pa­trolled, which means you’ll rarely see a crowd on the shore.

It is the per­fect place to en­joy a tran­quil sun­rise or re­con­nect with na­ture on a soli­tary stroll.

Shelly Beach is bounded by pic­turesque head­lands and rock plat­forms, with rocks in the cen­tre of the beach. The re­sult is a steep re­flec­tive beach bar, which can cause strong per­ma­nent rips. The an­kle-deep rock pools abound with ma­rine life.

With a charm­ing seren­ity that can be hard to come by at some of Queens­land’s beaches, 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 at the pic­nic fa­cil­i­ties, which in­clude a bar­be­cue.

There is a beach­front park with ta­bles, mak­ing it the ideal spot for a pic­nic, or sim­ply grab a cof­fee from the cor­ner store.

If a coastal walk is more to your lik­ing, en­joy a long stretch of footpaths fol­low­ing the coast­line. Start­ing at Shelly Beach, Des Dwyer Walk­way con­nects with Mof­fat Beach to the north and links up with Caloun­dra’s beau­ti­ful coastal path­way. With a gor­geous 9km track fol­low­ing the coast­line, this is sure to be a per­fect Sun­day af­ter­noon stroll.

PHOTO: BRETT WORTMAN

Shelly Beach, on the right, is bounded by pic­turesque rock plat­forms and a charm­ing seren­ity hard to come by on Queens­land beaches.

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