Turners Beach (NSW 31) is wedged between the southern Clarence River entrance wall and Clarence Head. Like Lighthouse Beach at the mouth of the Richmond it is a new beach formed since the construction of the entrance walls in 1903. The beach is 375 m in length, backed by the training wall then a grassed area with parking and a toilet block in the southern corner. Waves reaching the beach are slightly lowered by Clarence Head and Yamba Point, resulting in moderate waves, which form a wide low attached bar (Fig. 4.29). A permanent rips runs out against the southern rocks, while a stronger rips flows out against the training wall.
Southport Beach (223) faces almost due west and receives low ocean swell as well as gulf wind waves. Waves average 0.5 to 1 m, and during higher wave conditions produce a double bar system, with 3 to 4 rips cutting across the inner and outer bars (Fig. 4.53). During normal low wave conditions the inner rips tend to infill and a continuous bar is attached to the beach. In addition the river flows across the southern end of the beach building out a large tidal and bar, cut by the deeper tidal channel.
Altona Beach forms the southern boundary of the town of Altona, with the Esplanade paralleling the beach.The Altona Railway Station is located 500 m north of the beach, and the beach is crossed by the 500 m long Altona Pier. The Altona Life Saving Club, formed in 1927, is located just east of the pier and patrols a bathing and No Boating Zone, extending 200 m east of the pier.The beach runs roughly east-west for 3 km from the point at Frazer Reserve, past the town to the western drainage channel, called Laverton Creek. Most facilities are located near the pier and lifesaving club. There are also picnic areas in foreshore reserves at either end of the beach.The beach is widest near the pier, but narrows west of the groyne, which is located 100 m past the pier. Intertidal and subtidal sand flats front the beach, requiring a long wade to reach deep water.