Shelly Beach and Point Macarthur Beach lie between the 20 m high calcarenite bluffs of Point Franklin and Point King, with Point Macarthur forming the boundary.
The Nepean Highway parallels both beaches and houses sit on top of the bluffs behind them both. Public access is restricted to side streets and through the reserve behind Shelly Beach. There are boat sheds below the bluffs at the back of the beaches, with several jetties extending across the beaches.
The beaches face north-north-east and usually receive low wind waves. They are both relatively narrow and steep, with deep water at high tide, but tidal flats at low tide. There are numerous boats moored off the beaches and the jetties.
Please Note – 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.