Casuarina Beach (NT 146) is the site of the Darwin Surf Life Saving Club, and is part of the Casuarina Coastal Reserve, a 1180 ha reserve which encompasses the entire 4.5 km long beach as well as Lee Point. The 5 km long reserve offers a wide range of recreation facilities, as well as a section for nude bathing. The continuous sand beach begins on the eastern side of the Dripstone Cliffs and consists of a wide high tide beach, fronted by 200-300 m wide intertidal sand flats containing two low ridges and runnels (Fig. 5.23). The beach terminates at rock flats that lie off sandy Lee Point. The surf club is located toward the southern end of the beach and is surrounded by the grassy reserve.
Tura-Short Point beach (NSW 668) curves to the southwest, then south for 3.5 km between Tura Head and Short Point. It is backed by a broad valley in the north, which has been developed since the 1980s as Tura Beach Estate with houses surrounding a central golf course and a well-vegetated foredune behind the beach. A road, car park and beach access is provided toward the southern end of the estate. The southern third of the beach is backed by Back Lagoon, which periodically flows out in the southern corner against Short Point. Short Point has a caravan park, a large car park behind the beach and an extensive grassy headland. The entire beach faces east and receives waves averaging 1.5 m, which maintain a single bar usually attached and cut by rips every 200-300 m. The strongest rips are toward the centre and north, and there are permanent rips against both headlands. Lifeguards patrol the southern corner during the Christmas school holidays.
Coles Beach (T 1132) is located in a semi-circular north-facing bay, bordered by a low cobble point to the west and 20 m high bluffs to the east. The Coles Beach Road and the old railway line parallel the back of the beach, with houses behind. There is a large reserve and car park toward the western end and a second car park at the eastern end, with a low scrubby foredune in between. The beach is moderately well exposed to west through northerly waves and is a popular surfing beach. At high tide it consists of a steep, narrow sand and cobble beach, while at low tide a 100 m wide, continuous bar is exposed, with rock flats, including some large boulders to either end. During higher waves rips form in the lower surf zone.