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The coast immediately north of Townsville has long been a relatively remote and little used area and today remains much the same. Between the mangrove-fringed Bohle River and Cape Pallarenda is 7 km of sandy and rocky coast, most of which is now contained within the Cape Pallarenda Environmental Park, with little development other than walking tracks. There are seven beaches along this low energy and generally north facing section of coast. There is limited 4WD access to some of the western beaches, with vehicle access to Cape Pallarenda and foot access to the remainder. Shelly Creek (West) Beach (854) is a 200 m long strip of sand lying between a low, rocky headland and the mouth of mangrove-fringed Shelly Creek, with a vehicle track reaching the headland. It faces north and is fronted by 500 m wide, sandy and shelly tidal flats.
Beach Length: 0.2km
General Hazard Rating: 1/10

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There are currently no services provided by Surf Life Saving Australia for this beach. Please take the time to browse the Surf Safety section of this website to learn more about staying safe when swimming at Australian beaches. Click here to visit general surf education information.




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