Holidays in Shelly Beach

Shelly Beach showing general coastal views and rugged coastline
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Discover tidal pools amid the fascinating rock formations and crashing waves of this rugged beach, enclosed by Caloundra’s scenic pine-covered headland.

Facing directly east toward the Pacific Ocean, Shelly Beach is a beautiful place to catch the first rays of the sun while strolling along the soft sands. Framed by Norfolk pines on a rocky headland, this beach and suburb of the same name is a scenic spot for enjoying ocean views, exploring rock pools with the kids and splashing around in the shallows.

Wander down to the beach with your towel and sun umbrella, and settle in for a day of enjoying some of Caloundra’s best beach views. At the southern end of the beach, you’ll find fascinating rock formations brimming with marine life. Children will love exploring the rock pools and identifying the variety of marine species residing here. Read the information board nearby the rock pools and see if you can find the species listed, such as black sea cucumbers, rose barnacles, chiton and blue periwinkles.

Relax with a good book and listen to the sounds of the waves as the kids play on the beach’s swings and shaded play equipment. Pack a picnic and enjoy lunch out of the sun at the picnic facilities, which also include a barbecue.The surf at Shelly Beach can become dangerous. Although the beach is patrolled, be sure to take extra care when swimming. Kings Beach, located just around the southern headland, offers safe swimming and great surf. Here in Shelly Beach, however, you’ll find a charming serenity that can be hard to come by at some of Queensland’s beautiful beaches.

If you’d like to take a longer stroll along the beach, Shelly Beach marks the beginning of the Des Dwyer Walkway, which connects to Moffat Beach to the north. Here, you can link up with Caloundra’s beautiful Coastal Pathway, a stunning 9-kilometre (5.6-mile) stretch of bike and walking paths.Shelly Beach is located 3 kilometres (1.9 miles) to the northeast of Caloundra’s city centre.

Shelly Beach becomes an off-leash dog beach between May and October at certain times of the day. Watch the dogs bounding up and down the shoreline or visit outside of these times to enjoy the views in relative solitude.

1006 Cheap Hotels Near Shelly Beach

Oaks Sunshine Coast Oasis Resort
Oaks Sunshine Coast Oasis Resort
4.5 out of 5
2 Landsborough Parade, Golden Beach, QLD, 4551
The price is AU$199 per night from 18 Jul. to 19 Jul.
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Sunshine Coast. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a water park. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful staff in ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (2,107 reviews)
"Everything was great, loved our stay. Couldn’t connect to wifi though. Couldn’t read the password & neither ways worked…"

Reviewed on 19 Jun. 2022

Oaks Sunshine Coast Oasis Resort
Norfolks on Moffat Beach
Norfolks on Moffat Beach
4 out of 5
32 Queen of Colonies Parade, Moffat Beach, QLD, 4551
The price is AU$425 per night from 6 Jul. to 7 Jul.
Stay at this 4-star beach aparthotel in Sunshine Coast. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a sauna. Our guests praise the pool and the comfy beds in their reviews. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (250 reviews)
"Great location everything you need in walking distance. Very clean unit and pool and gardens highly maintained. Moffat beach is a great place to visit"

Reviewed on 19 Jun. 2022

Norfolks on Moffat Beach
Rolling Surf Resort
Rolling Surf Resort
4 out of 5
10 Levuka Avenue, Kings Beach, QLD, 4551
The price is AU$310 per night from 19 Jul. to 20 Jul.
Stay at this 4-star beach apartment in Sunshine Coast. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale and a fitness centre. Our guests praise the pool and the spacious rooms ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (642 reviews)
"Loved our stay here. Property was a little tired but clean and well kept. Pool was perfect size for small kids and able to walk to the beach. Restaurants underneath were all delicious and very handy. We would go back"

Reviewed on 23 Apr. 2022

Rolling Surf Resort
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Top Shelly Beach Hotel & Accommodation Deals

Moffat Beach Motel Caloundra
Moffat Beach Motel Caloundra
3.5 out of 5
56 Roderick Street, Moffat Beach, QLD, 4551
The price is AU$137 per night from 28 Jul. to 29 Jul.
Moffat Beach Motel Caloundra
Oaks Sunshine Coast Oasis Resort
Oaks Sunshine Coast Oasis Resort
4.5 out of 5
2 Landsborough Parade, Golden Beach, QLD, 4551
The price is AU$199 per night from 18 Jul. to 19 Jul.
Oaks Sunshine Coast Oasis Resort
Norfolks on Moffat Beach
Norfolks on Moffat Beach
4 out of 5
32 Queen of Colonies Parade, Moffat Beach, QLD, 4551
The price is AU$425 per night from 6 Jul. to 7 Jul.
Norfolks on Moffat Beach
Rolling Surf Resort
Rolling Surf Resort
4 out of 5
10 Levuka Avenue, Kings Beach, QLD, 4551
The price is AU$310 per night from 19 Jul. to 20 Jul.
Rolling Surf Resort
Ocean Views Resort
Ocean Views Resort
4.5 out of 5
115 Bulcock Street, Caloundra, QLD, 4551
The price is AU$143 per night from 12 Jul. to 13 Jul.
Ocean Views Resort
Rumba Beach Resort
Rumba Beach Resort
5 out of 5
Bulcock Beach Esplanade Reception, On Leeding Tce, Caloundra, QLD, 4551
The price is AU$348 per night from 17 Jul. to 18 Jul.
Rumba Beach Resort
Raintrees on Moffat Beach
Raintrees on Moffat Beach
4 out of 5
1 Bryce Street, Moffat Beach, QLD, 4551
Raintrees on Moffat Beach
ULTIQA Shearwater Resort
ULTIQA Shearwater Resort
4.5 out of 5
The Esplanade, Kings Beach, QLD, 4551
ULTIQA Shearwater Resort
Unit 2 'Kooringal'  Kings Beach
Unit 2 'Kooringal' Kings Beach
Sunshine Coast, QLD
Unit 2 'Kooringal' Kings Beach
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.