Twilight Beach (WA 156) lies 7 km and seven beaches west of Esperance. It commences immediately west of Blue Haven headland and trends west then southwest for 3.2 km. The beach grades from an exposed high energy rip-dominated system in the east where it is called initially Fourth, then Surfers (Fig 2.9a). As it curves to the southwest it becomes increasingly protected by its orientation and the rocks and islets off Twilight Cove. The Cove region is the site of the Esperance/Goldfields Surf Life Saving Club and offers the least hazardous swimming and surfing beach along this section of shore (Fig. 4.42). The club was founded in 1990 and patrols the beach on Sundays between December and March.Fourth and Surfers beaches are exposed to high waves, which together with scattered beachrock reefs, induce strong permanent rips (Fig. 2.9a). This section is more popular with surfers and fishers. The road to the Cove runs along the bluffs behind the beach with several car parks and access points down to the beach.The more protected Twilight Beach lies at the western end of the beach with two large car parks either side of the Surf Life Saving Club (Fig. 4.43). The beach faces southeast in the Cove and has rounded granite rocks forming the western headland, wave-washed granite islets just off the beach, as well as slabs on granite on the beach. The beach is composed of fine white sand, which combine with lower waves averaging 1 m, to produce a wide, flat beach and continuous shallow bar. Rips are usually absent in the western corner, but increase east of the Surf Life Saving Club as wave height picks up.
Ballina has two beaches patrolled by the same surf life saving club, Shelly and Lighthouse. Shelly Beach (NSW 27) is located between the 40 m high Black and Ballina heads and backed by the higher ground of Richmond Hill and the residential development of East Ballina. Access and parking is provided at both ends of the 700 m long beach, and at two central car parks. The beach faces southeast exposing it to the dominant southerly waves. This aspect combined with its fine to medium sand produces a surf dominated by three large rips cutting across the inner bar, one against either headland, and a more variable central rip, the three often connected by a continuous trough. The rips, outer bar and headlands provide good surf, but are a hazard for swimmers.On the southern side of Ballina Head is Lighthouse Beach (NSW 28) is one of the State's newest beaches in that it only came into existence after the construction of the adjacent Richmond River entrance walls in the early 1900s. The construction caused what was then known as Shaws Bay to fill with sand, building not only the beach but also 30 ha of prime beachfront real estate which was developed in the 1970s. The 700 m long beach is now located between Ballina Head and the northern training wall (Figs. 4.20 & 4.21). Good access is provided from the car park at the surf club under Ballina Head, and from the road that runs behind the beach to a car park against the entrance wall, with a grassy reserve between the road and beach. This is popular beach, however it usually has rips and strong currents, and has long been regarded as dangerous. The Surf Club was formed in 1932 and preforms a relatively high average of 47 rescues a year.
Bombo Beach (NSW 392) is an exposed 1.2 km long east-facing beach located between Cathedral Rocks and Pheasant Point. While the beach is highly visible from the northern end it is difficult to access requiring a circuitous drive under the railway, to the car park and amenities on the northern slopes overlooking the beach, with the only other access via a walking track under the railway at the southern end. The abandoned Bombo Quarry dominates the northern headland, with a steep rise to Pheasant Point in the south. A small creek crosses the northern end and the larger Spring Creek drains out against the southern rocks. The beach receives waves averaging 1.5 m, which maintain a rip-dominated surf zone, with strong, permanent rips against each headland and 3-4 more transient beach rips in between. The rips are usually visible as you drive south and probably result in many swimmers continuing on past to safer beaches. The rips and bars however produce the beach breaks for which the beach is well known by surfers.