Discovery beach is an unstable open beach with the occasionally good surfing beach break. The beach is close to a number of hotels and sunshine coast airport. Caution is still advised as this beach due to the strong currents and deep gutters that may be present.
Bargara is part of the string of holiday settlements that fringe the Bundaberg coast from Burnett Head south to Elliott Heads. Bargara is fringed by four beaches; Nielsen Park to the north, small Bargara Beach in the centre, which is the home of the Bundaberg Surf Life Saving Club, and Kellys Beach to the south, which consists of two parts and is also patrolled by the lifesavers (Fig. 4.90).Kellys Beach (1503) is on the south side of Bargara. It is 600 m long, faces due east and is backed by a string of houses on either side of the main road, then the golf course. There is a small lagoon behind the golf course, which is linked to the sea by a small creek crossing the centre of the beach. Like all the beaches along this section of coast, low basalt promontories and rounded boulders fringe either end of the beach. There is a large tidal pool in the northern rocks which is a popular swimming area. The beach has a sandy high tide beach fronted by an 80 m wide and generally rock-free low tide bar.
Carlton Beach (T 392) is a popular summer surfing beach located 40 km east of Hobart. The Carlton Beach Road runs off the Carlton Road and provides good access to the beach. The beach is 2.7 km long and faces south-southwest towards the entrance to Frederick Henry Bay 15 km to the south. The Carlton River mouth, its deep inlet and neighbouring Carlton Bluff form the eastern boundary with 20 m high Spectacle Head to the west (Fig. 4.67). The entire beach is backed by a coastal reserve containing a 10-15 m high foredune, then houses straddling each side of the Carlton Beach Road. Several walking tracks cross the dune to the beach. The Carlton Park Surf Life Saving Club (CPBSLSC), founded in 1975, is located in a recreation reserve toward the eastern end of the beach (Fig. 4.68). While the beach is set deep within Frederick Henry Bay, owing to its southerly orientation it receives most southerly swell entering the bay, with waves averaging about 1 m and occasionally higher. These interact with the fine beach sand to maintain a low gradient beach and surf zone, with a 50-100 m wide bar often cut by rips spaced about every 200 m along the beach. In addition there is a permanent rip against Spectacle Head, and strong tidal currents flowing off the eastern end of the beach out of the 100 m wide Carlton River mouth.