SHELLY BEACH SNIPPETS No. 118 January, 2020
Patricia Newell-Dunkley Photographs Reginald J. Dunkley
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Greetings and Happy New Year from down-under. Such a lot has happened in the last few weeks with bush fires, floods, and other
disasters. However, this is a country of resilience and is quite used to extreme weather conditions and gets on with recovery.
After a good downpour of rain green shoots appear everywhere in the bush, and before you know it mother nature is returning with
all her glory.
The native animals and birds are being cared for in all the states, there have been shelters set up and women are knitting and
making special garments for their wellbeing. Pouches are being made for orphan Joeys and the Koalas are being especially cared
for as their numbers fall. Everything is being done that can be done to protect and save our wildlife.
Here on the Central Coast of New South Wales we have not been affected, other than the extreme hot weather. There are still
many beautiful places to visit, and in the summer weather where better than the beaches surrounding Sydney N.S.W.
One of the favourite beaches is Palm Beach. This exclusive, high-end of Sydney’s long stretch of northern beaches, with its soft
golden sand and sparkling blue water, is where the rich and famous reside. Palm Beach is ideal for swimming, surfing or just
relaxing in the sun, and is also the home of Australia’s television soap opera Home and Away.
You can take an easy walk along the beach to Barrenjoey Lighthouse and tour the region. Palm Beach wharf is a perfect
spot for fishing for both young and old, and the waterside café is full of delicious food and cool drinks.
The northern section of the beach is blessed with great surf, while the southern end offers swimmers to use an ocean pool,
ideal for laps or paddling with children in the shallow end. There is something for everyone.
Palm Beach really is a glorious location.
All of the northern Sydney beaches are beautiful. Manly, Avalon, Dee Why, Curl Curl Bilgola, Bungan Beach, Newport, Whale Beach,
Narrabeen, Long Reef Point, Freshwater Beach. This stunning stretch of coastline spans a staggering 40km,
starting at Manly all the way up to Palm Beach. Walking and cycling trails weave and wind all along the northern beaches.
There is a wonderful bushwalking and cycling track around the tranquil Narrabeen Lagoon plus scenic lookouts dotted along the
coast from North Head to Barrenjoey Head.
Manly is known as a surfer’s paradise, along with Freshwater and North Narrabeen beaches, here the waves are particularly on-
point. This is the place to catch a wave and hang ten.
For those that prefer a calm, sheltered beach to big waves they need to head to the very pretty Shelly Beach, in Cabbage Tree Bay,
Manly. (not to be confused with Shelly Beach on the Central Coast) This protected marine reserve is perfect for snorkelling
and diving, the crystal-clear waters are warm and the area is teeming with colourful fish.
If you want to explore the Northern Beaches from top to bottom , the best way is to drive and takes about ninety minutes.
You can also catch a ferry from Circular Quay to Manly (this is really a delightful way) and catch a bus that will take you all the
You can also take a seaplane tour which allows you to get panoramic views of Sydney from the air. Taking in Rose Bay,
Pittwater, which is dotted with boats, over Sydney Harbour Bridge, and the Opera House.
Which ever way to go you will not be disappointed as the Northern Beaches are incredibly beautiful.