SHELLEY BEACH- SIMPLY IRRESISTABLE
Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
325Trip End Oct 31, 2013
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JOURNEY: Parry's Beach on Lower Denmark Rd to Shelley
WEATHER: mid 20’s bright and sunny.
ACCOMMODATION: West Cape Howe NP camp
After leaving Parry Beach, we called in at William Bay national park to the the lovely calm Green Pools but it was a a little cool for a swim so we did a quick wander around and ate a late breakfast, before heading east.
On our way to inspect Cosy Corner for camping, we noticed the turn off to Shelley Beach lookout in the West Cape Howe national park. There were warnings that the gravel road to the lookout was very steep and not suitable for buses and caravans- that made us a little nervous. However the road down to the beach itself was not too bad and we gasped with amazement as we sighted the beach, bay and campground.
White sand, and an ocean striped with many shades of blue against a bright blue sky- this is postcard material. Just a light breeze with temperatures in the mid 20’s- these are perfect beach conditions.
There were just 2 other campers and a young Italian man called Frankie who had walked in from the Bibbulum track for an overnight stay. Well, we forgot all about Cosy Corner, we were not moving from here so we parked and settled into an ocean front site.
We sent a text to Kylie and Matt who were awaiting news of CC from us that they should not miss this spot and 15 minutes later we saw them driving down the access road. They set up their camper trailer in a lovely spot and set about lapping up this special place! And guess what?- the ranger was not collecting fees so it was a free camp! It was lovely to have them and their kids here to share this spectacular beach site.
A pure fresh water spring bubbled down towards the beach and was perfect for rinsing off after a swim in the ocean, for washing etc. Terry, a regular here, advised that the water was drinkable and we all had a sip and it was sweet and clean.
A bonus was full phone and internet coverage so we could get to work on the blog and emails between enjoying the gorgeous natural aspects of Shelley Beach.
Our second day at the beach, hang gliding from the lookout kept us entertained and the gliders were being tested for their Australian licences. By late afternoon other campers were driving in to claim any small space they could to set up camp. It was a pitch black night and very early morning, a very bright night star was reflecting on the still ocean and created visual magic.
We enjoyed 2 full and special days here, swimming and soaking up the sunshine and beauty, and maybe should have stayed longer because as we moved further east, we lost the bright sunny days and experienced cloudy cooler days. Having the Telfords join us was great- they are a fun family! We decided that the Thompson's 5th wheeler would not get in but they did visit the beach without the 5th wheeler.
As we left, we checked out Cosy Corner, a free camp nearby but there was no comparison and the camp was very cramped and over crowded, and we were happy to have chosen Shelley for our stay in the West Cape Howe national park.