Shelly Beach is a perfect beach on the southern side of Manly Beach. It is a little too perfect as it gets extremely crowded as you can see from the photo. On a clear day with a south swell and south wind it is looks tropical. A fantastic safe beach for swimming and snorkelling, I swam in schools of fish, fairy penguins and huge blue gropers.
The best thing is right around the corner is a fantastic break called Fairy Bower. A right hand point running over a boulder bottom it is challenging due to the crowds and a big surge rock in the middle of the wave line-up. A competitive environment it can get frustrating but well worth the reward. Needs a big SE to E swell with SW to S wind.