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.
The Yaroomba-Marcoola Beach (1543) is well exposed to the prevailing southerly swell, which averages 1.5m for the length of the beach. The waves have combined with the fine to medium sand to build two bars across the 200m wide surf zone. The inner bar is usually attached to the beach and cut by rip channels every 250 to 300m, with a deep trough past the first line of breakers, then a deeper outer bar paralleling the beach and cut by more widely spaced rips. On average there are 40 rips along the beach. In addition, there is a strong permanent rip against Point Arkwright and some rocks in the surf at Mudjimba.
Sharps Beach (NSW 25) runs from Whites Head south for 1.3 km to Angels Flat Rock (also called Sand Point), the latter providing some protection from southerly waves. The Coast Road runs behind the beach with car parks at the northern and southern end. The beach is composed of fine to medium sand, with a boulder beach backing the northern section and a densely vegetated foredune backing most of the beach. It usually has an attached inner bar with up to five rips particularly against Whites Head and the rocks in the surf toward the southern end. Further out is a longshore trough and outer bar. The rips and rocks make it popular with fishers and surfers, but potentially hazardous to swimmers. Lifeguards patrol the northern end of the beach during the summer holidays.Angels Beach extends south of Flat Rock and consists of two parts. The northern section (NSW 25) extends for 900 m southwest to the low Pontoon Rocks, with the southern section (NSW 26) continuing south for 700 m to the northern side of Black Head. The combined beaches have a more southerly orientation and receive waves averaging 1.5 m, which maintain up to seven rips cut across the usually attached inner bar with a deep longshore trough and outer bar usually present. Permanent rips flow out against Flat Rock, Pontoon Rocks (which divides the beach), and Black Head in the south. Reefs extending seaward of Black Head produce both good surf and strong currents. Access is via the northern car park to the Flat Rock camping area, or from the road in the south.