Shelly Beach - Beach in Shelly Beach Townsville QLD - SLS Beachsafe

Shelly Beach QLD

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,... Read more

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 Beach (855), as the name suggests, is a 3.1 km long ridge of shelly sand that is slowly growing to the west as a series of low, recurved spits. It faces north and is fronted by 1 to 2 km wide, sandy-shelly tidal flats. As the spit has developed, it has formed a 3 km long, mangrove-filled swamp between the spit and the slopes of the Many Peaks Range. The range is a 3 km long series of hills that rise to over 200 m.

Swimming

None of these beaches are really suitable for swimming, as they are tidal flats except at high tide. A number of the beaches also have numerous rocks.

Surfing

None.

Fishing

Only at high tide and best at the creek mouth.

General

Seven natural beaches lying within the environmental park and accessible along the walking tracks.

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Unpatrolled Unpatrolled Change Day

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Information

About

Shelly Beach, QLD 4810

Length:
3.1km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
1/10 (Least hazardous)

Beach Key:
 qld0855

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Hazards

  • Irukandji
    Irukandji
  • Bluebottles
    Bluebottles
  • Chironex
    Chironex
  • Crocodiles
    Crocodiles
  • High Tide Range
    High Tide Range

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.

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