Shelly Beach

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Spent most of my days Skimboarding this spot. Have seen surfers and bodyboarders get some awesome waves here though!

One of the least crowded places on the Sunshine Coast, although it doesnt fire as often as other spots. Catch it on a good day and youll pretty much have awesome waves to yourself. Mostly Shore breaks at this spot.

Additional Info:
Shelly Beach is one of six beaches that cling to the Caloundra coastline.

Out of the coveted hidden beach selection, Shelly comes up trumps for the best rock pools.

There are more than 20 different marine species that depend on Shelly Beach’s rock pool ecosystem.

Expect to identify blue periwinkles, black sea cucumbers, sea hares and rose barnacles to name a few. Please remember to let these fragile sea creatures be, no picking up and pocketing.

It’s a great beach to find a deep enough rock pool to wallow in for hours on end. Or if you feel like exploring, you can splash along the rock shelf that fringes the headland where you’ll see the popular Kings Beach in the distance and the shadows of the Glass House Mountains.


Carpark Access via William Street, Ocean Court or Victoria Terrace.

WalkInstant access (<5 min)
Public accessYes
4x4 requiredUnknown
Boat requiredUnknown
Wave Characteristics
TypeReef (rocky)
DirectionRight and left
BottomFlat rocks with sand
PowerPowerful, Fun
FrequencySometimes breaks (50 days/year)
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthDon't know
Ideal Conditions
Wind directionNorth, NorthWest, West, SouthWest
Swell directionSouthEast, East
Swell size3ft-5ft - 10ft+
TideMid and high tide
Tide movementRising tide

Rips / undertow, Rocks



Nearby spots

0.09 miles away

Frequency:Regular (100 days/year)
kings beach break

0.39 miles away

Direction:Right and left
Bottom:Sandy with rock
Frequency:Very consistent (150+ days/year)
Kings Beach

0.81 miles away

Direction:Right and left
Bottom:Sandy with rock
Frequency:Very consistent (150+ days/year)