Hugo Palmer and his friend Erwan Ferrieux go missing from Shelly Beach in Australia

A British tourist Hugo Palmer has gone missing from a popular beach Shelly Beach in Australia alongside his French companion Erwan Ferrieux .

Police have launched a search for 20-year-old Englishman Hugo Palmer and his friend Erwan Ferrieux after items belonging to the pair were discovered at Shelly Beach, on the New South Wales coast north of Sydney.

Walkers found the personal items at about 6.30am on Monday and the Australian police later discovered their rental car in the Shelly beach's car park.

New South Wales Police said a water and ground search is underway but there had not yet been any sign of the pair.

Social media posts show the two men traveled to Australia in November 2018, spending some time in Melbourne and Sydney before travelling north of Australia.

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