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SHELLY

Beach UNPATROLLED UNPATROLLED TODAY
Beach Number:
nsw280
State/Region:
NSW Shelly Beach
Post Code:
2261
Length:
1.5km
General Beach Hazard Rating:
6/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Nearby Beaches:
blue lagoon  (0.6km) little bay  (0.8km) toowoon bay  (0.9km) bateau bay  (1km) blue bay  (1.3km)

Beach

Shelly Beach (NSW 280) extends from the rocks on the south side of Little Bay for 1.5 km southwest to rocks that in turn separate it from Blue Lagoon (Fig. 4.166). The beach is accessible in the north from Toowoon Bay and the caravan park. A golf course occupies much of the central dune area, with the Shelly Beach SLSC (formed 1954), car parking and a caravan park in the south. Most of the beach is backed by a high foredune and vegetated transgressive dunes extending up to 200 m inland. The dunes give the beach a natural appearance, which is a nice attraction in a very urbanised area. While the beaches either side are largely protected by rocks and reefs, Shelly is well exposed to east and southeast waves, with northeast waves running down the beach. As a result the beach receives waves averaging 1.6 m, which decrease slightly to the south, while the entire beach is dominated by rips, with usually 5-6 beach rips and two permanent rips against the rocks at each end (Fig. 4.165). The inner bar may be attached, providing a footing for swimmers, but during and following high waves it detaches and a continuous rhythmic channel with rips and feeder currents occupies the inner surf zone. High waves also form an outer rhythmic bar along the northern part of the beach.

Swimming

Shelly is an exposed rip-dominated beach, so stay in the south in the patrolled area. Blue Lagoon in contrast is a relatively quiet beach under normal conditions, and is patrolled by lifesavers from Shelly Beach.

Surfing

Usually good beach breaks under most swell conditions, as well as a solid left over the northern rocks. The north end offers some protection from summer northerlies. Learners are better off down the southern end.

Fishing

Good gutters are found along the beach, which are fished for tailor, bream, whiting and mulloway, with shallow reef and sand fronting the southern rocks.

Location

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area Formal parking area
  • Drinking water Drinking water
  • Toilets Toilets
  • Dressing shed Dressing shed
  • Showers Showers
  • Kiosk Kiosk
  • Shops Shops
  • Public phone Public phone
  • Park Park
  • Bus Bus

Regulation Symbols

    SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.

    Last updated: 28/08/2013 12:04:57

     

    PATROL INFORMATION

    There is no beach service this week.

    STATISTICS

    July 2015 - June 2016

    Rescues:
    43
    First Aids:
    98
    Preventative Actions:
    609

    The following organisations contribute to the above totals: Shelly Beach SLSC Wyong Shire Council Lifeguard Service

    Hazards

    Service Providers

    SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.

    WEATHER

    Thu, 05 May 03:00 am

    NORAH HEAD AWS (8 km)


    Sunny.
    15.80 °C
    W/15 km/h
    Wind

    Weather information
    ThuFriSatSunMonTue
    22° 16° 23° 16° 23° 18° 23° 18° 23° 18° 22° 15°

    WATER

    22

    Issued at Wed, 04 May 14:05

    SWELL FORECAST

    Thursday
    Friday
    Saturday
    Sunday
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • SW
      11 km/h
      0.2m
    • ESE
      15 km/h
      0.3m
    • WNW
      9 km/h
      0.2m
    • E
      11 km/h
      0.2m
    • SW
      9 km/h
      0.1m
    • NE
      19 km/h
      0.4m
    • NNE
      17 km/h
      0.6m
    • NNE
      27 km/h
      0.8m

    Shelly Beach issued at Wed, 04 May 22:16

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    Today's Swell Description
    Wind:
    West to southwesterly about 10 knots becoming north to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the evening.
    Swell:
    Easterly below 1 metre.
    Seas:
    Below 1 metre, increasing to around 1 metre by early evening.
    Weather:
    Sunny.

    UV INDEX

    4



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    TODAY'S TIDE

    • low
      00:40
      0.32m
    • high
      06:45
      1.69m
    • low
      12:56
      0.23m
    • high
      19:15
      1.85m

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    Patonga issued at Thu, 05 May 03:24

    WARNINGS

    TODAY'S RADAR

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