Shelly Beach (NSW 565) continues to the east and is a 150 m long northeast-facing sand beach bordered by rocks and reefs to the west and the rocks of the head to the beach. Waves average 0.5-1 m and maintain a low tide terrace, with small boundary rips, which intensify during higher waves. A car park and picnic area are located behind the beach.
Bar Beach (NSW 670) is a narrow 100 m long beach located on the north side of the mouth the Merimbula Inlet and which faces west into the inlet and lagoon. A road leads to a car park right behind the beach, contributing to its popularity with fishermen year round and families in summer. Waves rarely reach the beach, however it is located right on the deep inlet channel with its strong tidal currents, so stay close to shore and keep and eye on children.
Coles Beach (T 1132) is located in a semi-circular north-facing bay, bordered by a low cobble point to the west and 20 m high bluffs to the east. The Coles Beach Road and the old railway line parallel the back of the beach, with houses behind. There is a large reserve and car park toward the western end and a second car park at the eastern end, with a low scrubby foredune in between. The beach is moderately well exposed to west through northerly waves and is a popular surfing beach. At high tide it consists of a steep, narrow sand and cobble beach, while at low tide a 100 m wide, continuous bar is exposed, with rock flats, including some large boulders to either end. During higher waves rips form in the lower surf zone.