Burleigh beach is a straight, 2 km long section of sand running between South Nobby headland and the larger Burleigh Heads (Fig. 4.153). The beach is paralleled by The Esplanade, which has apartments and high rise buildings on its western side, with a grassy foreshore reserve located between the road and the beach.
Grassy Beach (NSW 133) extends for 2 km between Middle and Grassy heads and is also backed by a low foredune plain which abuts the steeper slopes which rise 220 m to Cooks Knob. The southern end in lee of Grassy Head is a popular spot with a shady camping area often good beach and point surfing breaks against Grassy Head, and beach and rock fishing. Its popularity resulted in a surf club being formed for a few years from 1958. The club no longer operates, though lifeguards now patrol during the school summer holidays. The 2 km long beach has a double bar following high seas, with a well developed inner bar cut by rips, with a second bar often forming just north of Grassy Head. Permanent rips also flow out along Grassy Head and Middle Head in the north.
Mettams Pool is located at the southern end of a crenulate 500 m long beach (WA 849) where it is afforded protection by calcarenite reefs. The beach is backed by the vegetated bluffs and fronted by an irregular 50-100 m wide platform-reef, which generates the irregularities in the shoreline. The road backs the bluffs, with a large car park cut into the bluffs behind the northern section of the beach