One of my favourite beaches on the Aussie East Coast, especially for a swim, is Shelly Beach at Nambucca Heads. Actually, pretty much every council area on the coast in Australia has a Shelly Beach 😆
The beach is unpatrolled (there are no lifesavers there) but there are usually no rips, or at least not strong ones, and as long as you exercise the caution we were all taught when growing up in Australia you won’t have any problems. It is certainly not my favourite beach for waves but as you can see, there are other compensations. The photo was taken in the late summers so it is not like it was a winter photograph.
The beach is well worth having a look at if you are in the area.