Easts Beach (NSW 396) is the southernmost of Kiama’s pocket beaches. It is named after the caravan park that occupies the whole valley behind the beach and spreads up the southern slopes, with vehicle access being only for campers through the caravan park, making this look like a private beach. The beach is however, like all Australian beaches public property, open to all and is patrolled by lifeguards during the Christmas school holidays. The beach is 350 m long and faces east between 50 m high Marsden Head and a southern head. Waves average about 1 m at the shore, and maintain a usually attached bar with no rips under normal wave conditions (Fig. 4.322). However rips do form during higher waves. Munnora Creek and its small lagoon cross the southern end of the beach.
The Port Elliot beach (153) is 700 m long faces east at the jetty and swings round to face south against Commodore Point. Because of the protection afforded the bay waves average 0.5 m increasing slightly toward Freeman Knob. The low waves together with the medium to coarse sand, produce a high, steep beach, with no bar following low waves, and a narrow bar after high waves. These conditions cause the waves to surge strongly up the beach. Regular beach cusps are a feature of the shoreline.
Main Beach (NSW 55) commences on the south side of Red Cliff and curves gently to the south for 4.5 km down to Brooms Head where it curves round in lee of the head to face northeast. It is backed by a low narrow foredune then heathland down to the usually blocked mouth of the creek that drains Cakora Lagoon, with the growing township of 200 spread along the southern 1 km (Fig. 4.34). It terminates at 30 m high Brooms Head and its associated Buchanan Rock reefs. For most of its length it is an energetic double bar system dominated by a usually attached inner bar cut by rips every 300-500 m, a deep tough and more widely spaced rips on the outer bar. Permanent rips also occur against the Red Cliff rocks and the reef a few hundred metres south of the cliffs. In the south the Brooms Headland reefs afford protection from southeast waves resulting in a broad, flat attached bar, usually devoid of rips. On the head itself a broad sweep of boulders has formed a safe, protected tidal pool between the boulders and the beach and is a popular spot for families. A caravan park and camping reserve backs the southern section fronted by a low seawall. A surf club operated here in the early 1930s indicating its long popularity. It is now patrolled by lifeguards during the summer holidays.