Normanville is the largest coastal settlement on the southern Fleurieu Peninsula. The town is located in the centre of the 7.3 km long beach (207), with Lady Bay and 100 m high Yankalilla Hill forming the southern boundary and low Haycock Point the northern (Fig. 4.45). Three small creeks, the Yankalilla River, Bungala River and Carrickalinga Creek, reach the beach, with their entrances usually blocked by sand. The main beach access is at Normanville where there is a large car park and toilets, together with a small jetty and a caravan park. There is also good access at Lady Bay and at Haycock Point.The beach faces northwest into St Vincent Gulf and usually receives low westerly wind waves, and occasional southerly swell. Consequently waves average less than 0.5 m, the active beach is narrow and steep, and seagrass grows to within 50 m of the shoreline.
One kilometre south of Era is an open, 500 m wide steep sided valley drained by four small creeks. Running along the base of the slopes is Burning Palms Beach (NSW 348), a relative straight southeast-facing sand beach, with a backing boulder beach towards the southern end and some rocks in the surf. It receives waves averaging 1.5 m, which maintain three rips, two against the northern headland and southern rocks, and a shifting, but strong central rip (Fig. 4.274). The bars between the rips are often separated from the beach by a continuous trough. During big seas waves strip most of the sand off the beach leaving bare rock.The beach is patrolled by the Burning Palms SLSC (founded in 1939). It is only accessible on foot from the 200 m high Garawarra car park, 2 km to the west. About 20 shacks occupy the northern slope. Camping is restricted within the Royal National Park and bookings are essential. For more information about camping in the Royal National Park please refer to http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/NationalParks/parkCamping.aspx?id=N0030.No public toilets or drinking water is available at this beach.
Binningup Beach is the name of a small beachfront settlement in the centre of a 22 km long beach that starts at The Cut at the mouth of the Leschenault Estuary and trends essentially due north to the small mouth of the Harvey River diversion drain, just below Myalup. The straight beach receives waves averaging about 1 m for most of its length, which maintain a steep reflective beach. The entire beach is backed by moderately active 20-30 m high transgressive dunes, including blowouts and parabolics, extending up to 1 km inland, with vegetated dunes up to 1.5 km wide. The dunes are in turn backed by the 2 km wide Leschenault Estuary in the south and a swampy 1 km wide interbarrier depression for the remainder. The only access in the south is via the Buffalo Road around the top of the estuary to a 4WD track across the dunes, and in the north at Binningup. The Binningup Surf Life Saving Club, founded in 2002, is located at the settlement and patrols the beach on Sundays between November and March.The Binningup settlement extends for about 2 km through the dunes towards the northern end of the beach. The beach in this area has some outcrops of beachrock along and just offshore, resulting in a more crenulate shoreline. There is a large beachfront car park and boat launching area on a section of the beach partly protected by inshore reefs, while all the houses are located in behind the foredune. The 53.5 km of continuous sand between Myalup and Cape Bouvard is the longest beach (WA 771) in the southwest. The north-trending beach (WA 771A) commences at Myalup at the Harvey River diversion drain and trends almost due north for 32 km to the small Preston beach settlement (WA 771B), then another 7 km to the southern boundary of Yalgorup National Park, which occupies then next 7 km of shore (WA 771C), before the final 15 km which gently curves round Cape Bouvard (WA 771D). The beach terminates in the north at the first major beachrock outcrop located 1 km south of Tims Thicket.