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The Boathouse Shelly Beach

5.0  ( 134 reviews ) · 1 Marine Parade, Shelly Beach, Manly, New South Wales (View Map) · Show Phone
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Featuring a prime waterfront location and plenty of rustic charm, The Boathouse Shelly Beach is a beachside wedding venue operated by The Boathouse Group with unmatched views of the water, Cabbage Tree Bay and surrounds. The venue is set amongst tropical landscaped gardens, it is a private and unique setting for your wedding.

The dedicated events space on the upper level of the venue can accommodate up to 120 guests canapé style and 60 guests seated with a balcony that overlooks the water. We also offer Weddings on the lower level of the venue accommodating up to 200 guests canapé style and 80 guests seated with an outdoor pergola area, perfect for your pre drinks + canapés.

You will have the option of holding your ceremony onsite with us or alternatively our team can reccommend several stunning locations nearby where we can provide our beautiful Boathouse ceremony styling packages to assist with your set up.

We offer an all inclusive Wedding Package and the option of utilising our inhouse suppliers to ensure that the planning process is as easy and stress free as possible! Adding to this you will have a dedicated Event Manager who will be available to support you in the lead up to your special day.

We look forward to hearing from you and starting the planning for your dream day!

Venue Features

Indoor / Outdoor Ceremony

Min 1 / Max 200 Reception guests

Min 1 / Max 200 Ceremony Guests

In-house catering


1 Marine Parade, Shelly Beach, Manly, New South Wales

Manly, Sydney
Manly, Sydney

Nearby Accommodation


The Boathouse Shelly Beach can hold up to 60 guests for a seated + 120 guests canapé style in our upstairs area. Downstairs can accommodate up to 200 guests canape style and 80 guests seated.

The venue hire includes exclusive use of Shelly Beach for 5 hours, The Boathouse Team to set up, pack down, + to take care of you + your guests for the duration of your Wedding or Event, standard table settings, causal lounge areas, dance space + general venue styling.  

Tables + napkins, white dinner plates, white side plates, cutlery, + glassware.  

7 hours is the maximum time frame for which you may hire Shelly Beach upstairs. This includes your standard 5 hour Reception, + 1 hour Extension.

Any 1 hour Extension involves a $750.00 Venue Hire Fee + a per person cost for your unlimited chosen Beverage Package. 

Downstairs is only available from 6.00pm until 11.00pm.

The prepaid unlimited beverage package for your entire guest number is the only option at The Boathouse, Shelly Beach.

We can organise spirits for your wedding or event to be available. You can choose to have a pre-paid bar tab or allow for guests to purchase spirits. The spirits will be served from behind the bar, after main meal service, + must be mixed - we do not allow shots, or service of alcohol neat or on the rocks. Please let your Event Manager know prior to your wedding or event if you would like to have spirits.

Access is 2 hours prior. Earlier access can be confirmed closer to the date depending on other bookings. Please speak to your Event Manager to confirm timings.

Approximately one team member per 15 guests.  

Yes, your Event Manager will be present at the beginning of your Wedding or Event to ensure that all is running smoothly + as planned. You will be looked after on the day by your Team Leader, they will introduce themselves upon your arrival to the venue.

Cake cutting is complimentary.  

A 3-piece band is the maximum we can allow, this includes the vocalist, no subwoofers are to be used in or outside the venue at any time and all music must cease at 11pm and 10pm on Sundays. 

Yes, we do! Please list all guests in our Special Meal Requirements section on your Final Details Form, + we will cater for their needs.

They may be seated at a guest table if they happen to be a friend or acquaintance, however, most vendors will be happy to be seated just outside of the venue.

We charge $70.00pp for your vendors, + provide a plated main meal + full beverage package. 

If you have the upstairs area booked this can be provided at an additional cost, depending on availability. If you hold your reception downstairs you can hire the upstairs area for your ceremony for an additional cost. Please speak to your Event Coordinator for further information.  

The Northern Beaches Council. A permit can be applied for through The Northern Beaches Council via the website.

Yes, we have The Boathouse Ceremony Styling Package which may be set at any location on the Northern Beaches or on-site - please contact your venue Coordinator to check that this is available for your date.  

If you book our Ceremony Styling Package you have the option to include a beverage station at your ceremony location (Council permitting). Please speak to your Event Manager for further information on pricing + potential council restrictions.

50 metres away from the venue when the café is still open. If the café is closed + your event is upstairs you can smoke in the pergola area just downstairs outside.

134 reviews 5.0 Write a Review

November 2023

The Boathouse Shelly Beach were great to deal with from the start. From our first meeting we knew we wanted to have our Wedding there. The venue is very special, but the staff take it to the next level. They were so accommodating, efficient and lovely. The staff that worked on the night of our small wedding were excellent. They were friendly, efficient and made the night so wonderful. Everyone commented on how good the food and wine was. We had such an amazing night and can't thank them enough.


The Boathouse Shelly Beach

Hi Katrina, a massive congratulations and thank you for your lovely review! Absolutely beautiful day and thank you again for choosing us to host your special day. All the best, Love the Boathouse Shelly Beach team! x

September 2023

We booked from overseas and the booking process was super easy! When we arrived on the day, the venue looked amazing, the location was perfect, the staff were an absolute highlight, the food was magnificent and we had the best day we could have possibly imagined! We had friends and family say it was the best wedding they’ve ever been to, and although I might be biased, I would definitely agree!

Lily F.

The Boathouse Shelly Beach

Lily, thank you so much for taking the time to send through this beautiful review, Congratulations again! It was such a magical day and we are so happy that we were able to be a part of it! All the best, Love the Boathouse Shelly Beach team! x

June 2023

We had our wedding at the Boathouse on the 27th of May, it was one of the best days of my life. The service was outstanding Lola was always only a phone call away. Answering all our questions and going above and beyond to make sure we had the perfect day. The staff on the day was equally amazing our guests never had an empty glass and there was enough food for everyone. It was a pure magical day thank you team.

Charlotte V.

The Boathouse Shelly Beach

Hi Charlotte, a massive congratulations and thank you for your lovely review! Absolutely beautiful day and thank you again for choosing us to host your special day. All the best, Love the Boathouse Shelly Beach team! x

June 2024

We had an incredible wedding at the Boathouse Shelly Beach. The staff was lovely, all the girls were warm and caring, and made sure that all our needs were attended to in the lead-up to and on the big day. The room was beautifully decorated with gorgeous flowers, and the table styling looked inviting and cozy. Our mains were great, we had the salmon and lamb which was delicious. And having our wedding in winter meant we got a great package with the free cake (which looked stunning) and yummy margaritas which all the guests enjoyed. All in all, a truly magical day. The staff and service was the best bit, they were very professional and made sure all the little details were perfect. We felt like the Boathouse took care of a lot things like the ceremony, run-times, decor, flowers, food etc... everything was done in 1 place so it helped alleviate a lot of stress from wedding planning. Highly recommend!

Teresa T.

April 2024

A picture perfect venue!!! Lola made picking the venue and the lead up to the wedding a breeze. Nothing was a hassle! On the day Alex made sure everything went to plan resulting in the most amazing night!!! All 140 guests kept raving about the venue, food and staff. Thanks so much for making our wedding everything we hoped for and more!

Danielle C.

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Do venues charge more for weddings on Public Holidays?

HI All My partner and I are considering getting married on Monday 5/10/20, which is Labour Day in the ACT and NSW. We were wondering if the venue hire would be increased, or if vendors would increase their fees? I understand that many may just charge the weekend rate, which is fine, but I'm just checking. Thanks!

The Boathouse Shelly Beach

Hi Lauren, 

Thank you for your enquiry, we hope you are well today! 

There is a surcharge for events held on a public holiday at The Boathouse Shelly Beach. 

For more details + information, do you mind please emailing events@theboathousegroup.com.au or call 02 9974 5440 to discuss this further with our events team?

Thank you, we look forward to speaking with you soon! 

The Boathouse team.

Lauren K

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