Shelly Cove Trail

Pallarenda Conservation Park

A beautiful coastal walk through Cape Pallarenda Conservation Park to Shelly Cove, 1.5km return overlooking Cleveland Bay and across to Magnetic Island.

Heritage Sites
Picnic Facilities
Cycling Permitted

Getting there

Shelly Cove Trail is part of the Cape Pallarenda Conservation Park, located 8 km from Townsville CBD.


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Route/Trail notes

Shelly Cove Trail starts as an easy and wide gravel track, gently ascending the coastal walk along a section of Cleveland Bay looking across to Magnetic Island.  Found along the trail are two gun emplacements constructed in WWII to protect the Townsville Harbour.  After passing the second gun emplacement, the trail becomes a narrow path winding through the trees and scrub on a gradual descent to Shelly Cove via rock steps.  Acknowledging the Bindal and Wulgurukaba people as the Traditional Owners and first people to live in the Townsville Region for thousands of years and many generations.


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Lovely short walk around the headland to Shelley Cove

Bobbe on 16 Apr, 2023


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