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Come to this stretch of coast to find your quintessential Australian beach where summer crowds, fishermen and surfers gather and whales and dolphins swim by.

Shelly Beach is located between the 131-foot (40-meter) high Black and Ballina heads. Watch the surfers ride the waves, laze on the golden sands, listen to the soothing sounds of the ocean or climb up to the headlands for Pacific sunrise views.

Set between Black Head and Ballina Head, Shelly Beach is just as long and just as popular as its neighbor Lighthouse Beach. Walk the length of the 2,300-foot (700-meter) long beach to soak up its serenity and ocean views.

Like Lighthouse Beach, Shelly Beach has two tide rips that run against either headland, which are often connected by a central tide rip as well. But, due to this being a southeast-facing beach, Shelly Beach is more exposed to southerly waves. Depending on the wind direction, pick the beach that looks calmest on the day of your visit.

Swimming isn’t always safe on Shelly Beach, which is only patrolled by the surf life savers from the club at Lighthouse Beach during the summer school vacations. When swimming, watch for rips and longshore currents and stay between the flags. Kids can safely splash around in the small “swimming pool” at the southern end of Shelly Beach. This walled rock pool is part of the beach and fills up with seawater during high tide.

If you are an experienced surfer, you’ll be right at home here. Head to the rocky headlands with either a right or a left surf break, depending on which headland you pick. Fishing from the flat, rocky platforms at either end of Shelly Beach is another popular activity.

Shelly Beach is backed by the residential suburb of Richmond Hill in East Ballina and just a short drive from the city center of Ballina. There are four car parks that serve the beach. Adjacent Lighthouse Beach has a kiosk at the surf life saving club and a café that teamed up with Botero, an esteemed coffee roastery from the nearby Clarence Coast. The beach has an outdoor shower for those wanting to rinse off the sand and salt.

Top Trending Hotels Near Shelly Beach

Ballina Homestead Motel
Ballina Homestead Motel
3.5 out of 5
Cnr Cherry Street & Fox Street, Ballina, NSW
The price is £64 per night from 27 Jan to 28 Jan
Situated in Ballina, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Ballina District Hospital and Ballina Fair Shopping Centre. Ballina Naval and Maritime Museum and ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (550 reviews)
"Nice property for a holiday with good room amenities. Housekeeping only available before 11am"

Reviewed on 9 Jan 2022

Ballina Homestead Motel
Discovery Parks – Ballina
Discovery Parks – Ballina
4.5 out of 5
25 Fenwick Drive, East Ballina, NSW
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £76 per night from 20 Feb to 21 Feb
Located in East Ballina, this luxury holiday park is within 1 mile (2 km) of Lighthouse Beach and Shelly Beach. Angels Beach and Ballina Golf Club are also within ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (510 reviews)
"Nice place, clean park but very small cabin that is meant to comfortably fit 4 people. Also would’ve been sufficient if it was two separate single beds rather than bunk beds. Needed a bigger fridge and would’ve been nice to have an oven. Also would’ve been nice if the pool was open all night with ..."

Reviewed on 14 Dec 2021

Discovery Parks – Ballina
Ballina Beach Resort
Ballina Beach Resort
3 out of 5
Compton Drive (Corner Cedar Crescent), East Ballina, NSW
This family-friendly Ballina hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Lighthouse Beach and Shelly Beach. Angels Beach and Ballina Golf Club ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (440 reviews)
"The resort was clean and comfortable, a little dated in the decor but was perfect for our trip."

Reviewed on 14 Jan 2022

Ballina Beach Resort
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Ballina Homestead Motel
Ballina Homestead Motel
3.5 out of 5
Cnr Cherry Street & Fox Street, Ballina, NSW
The price is £64 per night from 27 Jan to 28 Jan
Ballina Homestead Motel
Discovery Parks – Ballina
Discovery Parks – Ballina
4.5 out of 5
25 Fenwick Drive, East Ballina, NSW
The price is £76 per night from 20 Feb to 21 Feb
Discovery Parks – Ballina
Ballina Beach Resort
Ballina Beach Resort
3 out of 5
Compton Drive (Corner Cedar Crescent), East Ballina, NSW
Ballina Beach Resort
Ramada Hotel and Suites Ballina Byron
Ramada Hotel and Suites Ballina Byron
4.5 out of 5
2 Martin Street, Ballina, NSW
The price is £119 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb
Ramada Hotel and Suites Ballina Byron
Grandview Apartments Ballina
Grandview Apartments Ballina
4 out of 5
3-7 Grand View Street, East Ballina, NSW
Grandview Apartments Ballina
Surfside @ Shellys - East Ballina - Executive style Townhouse Close to Shelly Beach
Surfside @ Shellys - East Ballina - Executive style Townhouse Close to Shelly Beach
2/26 Suvla Street, Ballina, NSW
Surfside @ Shellys - East Ballina - Executive style Townhouse Close to Shelly Beach
Bailey's Beach House - Original East Ballina Beach House With Ocean Glimpses
Bailey's Beach House - Original East Ballina Beach House With Ocean Glimpses
17 Pacific Terrace, Ballina, NSW
Bailey's Beach House - Original East Ballina Beach House With Ocean Glimpses
Baileys Beach house
Baileys Beach house
4 out of 5
17 Pacific Terrace, East Ballina, NSW
Baileys Beach house
Ballina Palms Boutique Motel
Ballina Palms Boutique Motel
4 out of 5
Cnr Owen Street & Bentinck Street, Ballina, NSW
The price is £77 per night from 26 Jan to 27 Jan
Ballina Palms Boutique Motel
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.