Shelly Beach Picnic Area is located 1 km off the Great Ocean Road, 6 km south of Apollo Bay. The picnic area is set in forests with a 1 km walking track to Shelly Beach. This track and the rock platforms provide the only access to Shelly Beach... Read more
Shelly Beach Picnic Area is located 1 km off the Great Ocean Road, 6 km south of Apollo Bay. The picnic area is set in forests with a 1 km walking track to Shelly Beach. This track and the rock platforms provide the only access to Shelly Beach and the beaches on either side.The coast consists of steep, forested slopes, with low cliffs fronted by extensive sandstone rock platforms. All the beaches are platform beaches lying at the base of the cliffs and toward the rear of the platforms, and are only awash at high tide. Waves average 1.5 m seaward of the platforms.Both Shelly Beach North and Shelly Beach are 300 m long strips of irregular sand fronted by the near continuous platforms, that have occasional tidal pools and gullies through them.
None of these beaches are suitable for bathing, except in protected rock pools and gullies at low tide.
There are no recognised surfing spots along here, with more rock than surf.
This is the domain of rock fishers, who will find numerous holes and gullies in the rock platforms. However be careful, as the platforms are awash at high tide and in large waves.
A natural, forested section of coast well worth visiting for the scenery, but only suitable for walking and rock fishing.Read less
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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.
General Hazard Rating: 7/10 (Highly hazardous)
Beach Key: vic390