Moderately hazardous: 4-6
Highly hazardous: 7-8
Extremely hazardous: 9-10
To the east of the harbour is a 250 m long low energy beach (9), wedged between two rock groynes. This beach has be building seaward since the harbour was constructed, and the backing seawall built to protect the road, is now stranded 200 m from the shoreline. Most of the new land has been turned into a large grassy park dominated by an old fishing boat. At the western end of the beach is a 100 m long groyne and 200 m long jetty. The groyne has been built to prevent the boat ramp from being covered in sand. On the other side of the boat ramp is the very protected 250 m long harbour beach (10) which extends to the main harbour wall. This beach is essentially calm and often covered by seagrass debris. Small boats are moored off this beach, with larger boats out in the harbour.
The only harbour beach suitable for swimming is the eastern beach backed by the large park. The other two are usually covered in seagrass and are too shallow.
Most fishing is done off the harbour wall and jetty.
These three beaches occupy the Port MacDonnell waterfront, all three have been heavily modified by the various harbour walls, groynes, seawalls and jetty and provide a variety of facilities for swimming, picnics, boat launching and jetty fishing.
- Formal parking area