Perfect spot for a family picnic
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.
Always in demand, it is tucked away between Moffat and Caloundra Headlands and is perhaps the most private of Caloundra’s famed eastern beaches.
Adding to its residential appeal, the Shelly Beach Store is the only commercial property in the suburb. Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic School and Church are other landmarks.
The start of the first settlement at Shelly beach 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 as well as architect-designed housing.
Shelly Beach is prime residential property. The median sales price at October was $895,000, up from $872,000 in January and all-time high of $1,150,000 in March. The median price in January 2013 was $670,000.
Caloundra’s first hotel (1885) was at the corner of Alfred St and Victoria Tce, at the south 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 Caloundra 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.
One of the Sunshine Coast’s hidden gems, this stretch of oceanfront is unpatrolled and not suitable for swimming, meaning you’ll rarely see a crowd on the shore.
Facing directly east, this is the perfect place to enjoy a tranquil sunrise or reconnect with nature on a solitary beach stroll.
Shelly Beach is bounded by rock platforms, 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.
The ankle-deep rock pools abound with marine life, delighting both adults and budding marine biologists.
With a charming serenity that can be hard to come by at some of Queensland 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 to 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.