About this place
One of the main attractions at Shelley Beach is the large rock near the centre of the bay. There are also reefs and ledges surrounding two big rocks which have, over time, separated from a much larger rock formation.
Fish life includes red-lip morwong, footballer sweep, hulafish, garfish, moonlighters, stripeys and western talma. You will also see sea stars of different shapes and sizes. You can swim around the rocks to another reef, which is separated by a channel. This is also a good vantage point to look up and see the spectacular eroded cliff face overlooking the bay. There is a hole about 5m deep with ledges around it, offering a great opportunity to explore.
There is good snorkelling and The Quarries surf break lies off the western headland, protected from the onshore winds of the west coast.
Plan when to visit. Consider travelling with a personal location beacon (PLB). In the event you need to be rescued it could save your life!
Swimming into caverns and under ledges can be hazardous.
Plants, wildlife and fungi
Visit the Atlas of Living Australia for a list of species recorded within a 5km radius of Shelley Cove.
We recognise and acknowledge Wardandi people as the traditional owners of Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park.