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Shelly Beach

Holiday Travel Guide
Shelly Beach showing general coastal views and rugged coastline

Discover tidal pools amid the fascinating rock formations and crashing waves of this rugged beach, enclosed by Caloundra’s scenic pine-covered headland.

Facing directly east toward the Pacific Ocean, Shelly Beach is a beautiful place to catch the first rays of the sun while strolling along the soft sands. Framed by Norfolk pines on a rocky headland, this beach and suburb of the same name is a scenic spot for enjoying ocean views, exploring rock pools with the kids and splashing around in the shallows.

Wander down to the beach with your towel and sun umbrella, and settle in for a day of enjoying some of Caloundra’s best beach views. At the southern end of the beach, you’ll find fascinating rock formations brimming with marine life. Children will love exploring the rock pools and identifying the variety of marine species residing here. Read the information board nearby the rock pools and see if you can find the species listed, such as black sea cucumbers, rose barnacles, chiton and blue periwinkles.

Relax with a good book and listen to the sounds of the waves as the kids play on the beach’s swings and shaded play equipment. Pack a picnic and enjoy lunch out of the sun at the picnic facilities, which also include a barbecue.The surf at Shelly Beach can become dangerous. Although the beach is patrolled, be sure to take extra care when swimming. Kings Beach, located just around the southern headland, offers safe swimming and great surf. Here in Shelly Beach, however, you’ll find a charming serenity that can be hard to come by at some of Queensland’s beautiful beaches.

If you’d like to take a longer stroll along the beach, Shelly Beach marks the beginning of the Des Dwyer Walkway, which connects to Moffat Beach to the north. Here, you can link up with Caloundra’s beautiful Coastal Pathway, a stunning 9-kilometre (5.6-mile) stretch of bike and walking paths.Shelly Beach is located 3 kilometres (1.9 miles) to the northeast of Caloundra’s city centre.

Shelly Beach becomes an off-leash dog beach between May and October at certain times of the day. Watch the dogs bounding up and down the shoreline or visit outside of these times to enjoy the views in relative solitude.

1009 Cheap Hotels Near Shelly Beach

Ocean Views Resort
Ocean Views Resort
4.5 out of 5
115 Bulcock Street, Caloundra, QLD
The price is NZ$153 per night from 4 Aug. to 4 Aug.
Located in Caloundra, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Caloundra Events Center and Bulcock Beach. Moffat Beach and Shelly Beach are also within ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,159 reviews)
"Property is in a great location rooms are very clean lovely views from our room"

Reviewed on 7 Jul. 2021

Ocean Views Resort
Oaks Sunshine Coast Oasis Resort
Oaks Sunshine Coast Oasis Resort
4.5 out of 5
2 Landsborough Parade, Golden Beach, QLD
The price is NZ$198 per night from 4 Aug. to 4 Aug.
Located in Golden Beach, this luxury aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bulcock Beach, Caloundra Events Center and Queensland Air Museum. Kings Beach and Moffat ...
4.2/5Excellent! (1,972 reviews)
"Clean, comfortable and friendly staff"

Reviewed on 24 Jun. 2021

Oaks Sunshine Coast Oasis Resort
ULTIQA Shearwater Resort
ULTIQA Shearwater Resort
4.5 out of 5
The Esplanade, Kings Beach, QLD
The price is NZ$301 per night from 8 Aug. to 8 Aug.
Located in Kings Beach, this beachfront aparthotel is on the boardwalk and within a 15-minute walk of Kings Beach and Bulcock Beach. Moffat Beach and Kawana ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,194 reviews)
"My stay was fine. I had an ocean view which I was very grateful for."

Reviewed on 4 May 2021

ULTIQA Shearwater Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Ocean Views Resort
Ocean Views Resort
4.5 out of 5
115 Bulcock Street, Caloundra, QLD
The price is NZ$153 per night from 4 Aug. to 4 Aug.
Ocean Views Resort
Oaks Sunshine Coast Oasis Resort
Oaks Sunshine Coast Oasis Resort
4.5 out of 5
2 Landsborough Parade, Golden Beach, QLD
The price is NZ$198 per night from 4 Aug. to 4 Aug.
Oaks Sunshine Coast Oasis Resort
ULTIQA Shearwater Resort
ULTIQA Shearwater Resort
4.5 out of 5
The Esplanade, Kings Beach, QLD
The price is NZ$301 per night from 8 Aug. to 8 Aug.
ULTIQA Shearwater Resort
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Rolling Surf Resort
Rolling Surf Resort
4 out of 5
10 Levuka Avenue, Kings Beach, QLD
Rolling Surf Resort
Wellington Parade 15a, Shelly Beach, Caloundra
Wellington Parade 15a, Shelly Beach, Caloundra
Wellington Parade 15a, Shelly Beach, Caloundra
Sea Point Ocean Apartments
Sea Point Ocean Apartments
3.5 out of 5
32 Victoria Terrace, Kings Beach, QLD
Sea Point Ocean Apartments
Norfolks on Moffat Beach
Norfolks on Moffat Beach
4 out of 5
32 Queen of Colonies Parade, Moffat Beach, QLD
Norfolks on Moffat Beach
BreakFree Grand Pacific Resort
BreakFree Grand Pacific Resort
4 out of 5
100 Bulcock Street, Caloundra, QLD
The price is NZ$265 per night from 9 Aug. to 9 Aug.
BreakFree Grand Pacific Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.