Shelly Beach Public Amenities

Northern Beaches Council
Architectural & Landscape
Simon Whitbread

A building that complements the iconic beauty of Shelly Beach, the design revitalises an important point of gathering along the promenade within an aquatic reserve of national significance.


Transformation of an existing dilapidated public facility to increase the amenity while complementing the iconic beauty of Shelly Beach.

The site is located at the end of the Northern Beaches coastal walk and within Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve. The amenities building is designed to serve many different user groups, such as divers, ocean swimmers, beach goers, surfers, cafe patrons, dog walkers, and joggers. It is also designed to serve as a place for gathering and marker signalling its public purpose to passersby.

The new facility hosts male and female amenities, change rooms and enclosed shower cubicles, separate Accessible WC/Shower and Family Change spaces. Externally the building is sited to preserve the two existing palm trees, with a communal hand wash area, outdoors showers and foot wash taps. In-built bench seating fosters a welcoming and social spirit that is fitting for a site that is loved by so many and with numerous different user groups.