A play trail has been developed along the harbour promenade and parklands, featuring a number of interactive play equipment pieces to keep you entertained as you spend time walking around our beautiful harbour precinct.
Map coming soon.
The kid's beach is the perfect place for kids to have fun playing in the sand, building sandcastles, or cooling off in the shallow wading water.
Please note the yellow markers and swimming net are in place to outline the shallow wading area. Beyond, the sand is supported by a rocky reef which may be colonised by sea life including oysters and barnacles. This is both natural and beneficial to the Harbour as these shellfish help improve the Harbour’s water quality, however, this area beyond wading depth is not designed for swimming or playing. More information and FAQs below.
While dogs are welcomed at the harbour we do ask that you leave your dog on the land while you play on the sand.
- Adventure Playground coming to the Harbourside Park
- Playground coming to the slide Park
If you are planning on driving to Shell Cove Harbour there are various public carparks available across the precinct.
Public parking is available at:
- The Tavern Car Park (accessible via Marina Drive)
- The Boat Ramp Car Park on Maritime Drive
- Beachside carparks on Oceanfront Drive and Bass Point
- Town Centre above and below ground carparks (accessible via Cove boulevard, Marina Drive, Civic Avenue and Waterfront Promenade)
- Street parking is also available along Aquatic Drive, Civic Avenue and the Waterfront Promenade.
- An additional 40 space carpark is currently being planned for Marina Drive
Additionally, Waterfront Tavern has a courtesy bus. Please contact the Waterfront Tavern for more information.
A new taxi zone has been established along Cove Boulevard in the Westbound lane, just up from Woolworths.
Amenities (toilets etc.)
Public toilets are located at:
- The Town Centre
- The Breakwater Park (Open from 6am – 10pm 7 days a week.)
Additional public facilities are currently under construction within the Marina Services Building east of the Waterfront Tavern, these are expected to be available in late 2022.
Plan your visit
The Shell Cove Harbour is located in a picturesque coastal location, similar to other coastal locations the Shell Cove Harbour can be impacted by heat, wind, rain and cold especially during evenings when taking a stroll around the harbour. So don’t forget to check the weather forecast and plan ahead.
Shell Cove Swimming Net FAQs
Why can't it be collapsible to change with the tide and lower visual impact?
Swimming enclosures are regulated by NSW DPI who do not approve collapsible nets for swimming enclosures (e.g. using buoys) as such nets may result in inadvertent trapping of marine life during low tide.
What is it made from?
The net is constructed of 144mm diagonal square rope mesh which is suspended between pylons and descends to the harbour floor.
How often will it be cleaned?
It will be regularly monitored and cleaned as needed.
What happens if an animal is caught, entangled or trapped in the net?
In the unlikely event something is caught in the net, please contact our Customer Service Team on 02 4221 6111 or email@example.com
How can you be sure no fish will get trapped?
To minimise the entanglement of fish and birds it is important that the net is taught and set on poles to ensure that it stays horizontal and doesn’t sag during low tides, in this way it acts more as a wall to deter fauna, rather than a drifting net that will capture them.
This structure has been designed to meet NSW DPI Policy and Guidelines and ensures that fish don’t get trapped within the net itself; to exclude large fish from the swimming enclosure; and to allow smaller fish that may become trapped in the swimming area to get back out again.
Will the enclosure be permanent or removed in winter?
The swimming net will be permanent and regularly maintained.
Where is it installed?
The swimming net has been installed just outside the floating yellow buoys which signify the edge of the shallow wading area. Beyond this point is the operational boat harbour and swimming is not permitted. There are also submerged rocks and a deeper drop off.
Why is it Necessary?
To prevent people swimming out into the harbour operational area and to create separation between beach users and larger marine animals.
Why does it look like that?
The swimming net needs to feature a brightly coloured mesh for visibility purposes and the height of the net and pylons are to accommodate changing tides and water height within the harbour. Importantly, the rigidity of the net significantly reduces the possibility of animal entanglement, this is a key difference between the swim net at Shell Cove and offshore shark meshing program Nets. This structure has been designed to meet NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Policy and Guidelines.