Elwood Beach (and the backing foreshore reserve) is a popular area used for a range of activities. Besides the Elwood Life Saving Club, founded in 1911, the beach is the site of the Elwood Bowling Club and Sea Scouts and Sailing Club. Extensive car parking and a park, picnic area and oval back the beach. The lifesaving club is located in a modern multi-purpose building, and a seawall and promenade run the length of the low beach. A launching ramp for the sailing club and a disabled access ramp cross the beach just north of the club house.The beach itself is 1300 m long, extending from the Head Street diversion drain up to a groyne on Point Ormond. It faces the south-west and receives sufficient waves to produce a double bar system. The inner bar alternates between a shallow, attached section and deeper rip channels, with a trough separating it from the rhythmic outer bar. Low waves break on the inner bar, particularly at low tide, while strong winds and higher waves are required to activate the outer bar, during which time the rip currents intensify.
Town Beach (138) is the most popular of the town beaches. It extends from in front of Robe Hotel for 300 m to 10 m high rocky Robe Point. A large beachfront caravan park backs the eastern end of the beach and the Point. A small groyne crosses the last 50 m of the beach.
Belongil Beach (NSW 12) trends southeast for 2.5 km from the sandy Belongil Creek mouth, to the seawall at Byron Bay (Fig. 4.14). It is part of a low eroding 200 m wide barrier, that is undeveloped along the northern few hundred metre where it is backed by Belongil Creek. The central 1 km long section has beachfront houses, many of which are fronted by rocks and debris, with the undeveloped southern section occupied by the Byron Bay Beach Reserve, then a beachfront caravan park and the swimming pool, both located behind the seawall. Limited access and parking is provided in the residential section and at the seawall car park.The beach has an attached inner bar which is cut by rips every few hundred metre during and following periods of high waves, with the rips filling in under lower waves. A longshore trough runs off this bar with the outer bar cut by more widely spaced rips. A wreck lies in the surf just north of the seawall.