Leave crowds behind at stunning private oasis
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.
Shelly Beach, on the right, is bounded by picturesque rock platforms and a charming serenity hard to come by on Queensland beaches.