Bluff Beach (NSW 39) curves from Frazer Reef for 1.2 km south to the prominent 30 m high Iluka Bluff. This is the most popular surfing beach of the five, owing to the reasonable access from the car park located at both ends, and the moderate waves which produce a single attached bar. Wave energy is highest in the centre of the beach where it can produce good surf and two to three strong rips cutting the bar. Towards each end, and particularly to the south, the reefs reduce the waves to form a continuous bar with no rips and less hazardous swimming conditions. The southern end has a large car park and is patrolled by lifeguards during the summer holidays. The car park also leads to a access track to 30 m high Iluka Bluff which has viewing platforms.
Surf Beach is the first surfing beach east of Portland. It begins at the mouth of the Surry River and runs for 11 km south-west to Portland. The shoreline meanders due to a series of 1 to 2 km long shoreline protrusions. Toward the west at Dutton Way, erosion has resulted in loss of the western end of the beach back to the seacliffs. To combat the beach erosion, a 3 km long basalt boulder seawall and several groynes have been constructed since 1960. The seawall follows the shoreline protrusions and for the most part has replaced the beach. Most of the beach is backed by a series of low foredunes, in places 1 km wide.The beach is accessible at Narrawong and in the west along Dutton Way, which parallels the beach and seawall. The seawall area is dangerous for bathing. There is one small pocket beach in the seawall next to the caravan park.Wave height is reduced westward along the beach by refraction around the large Cape Nelson and by Minerva Reef. It averages 1.5 m at Narrawong, but reduces to 1 m along Dutton Way. The surf zone is about 100 m wide, with two bars in the east and one to the west. The inner bar is usually low and attached, with rips more common following high seas. The rips are spaced every 500 m. High tide waves crash against the seawall and often over the road.
Aslings Beach (NSW 680) is the main beach and surf beach for Eden. The beach is 2.3 km long, faces east-southeast out the bay entrance and receives southerly waves averaging 1-1.5 m, with some protection from northeast and east waves. Most of the beach is backed by a 200 m wide sand barrier and 70 ha Curalo Lagoon (Fig. 4.429), which when open, flows across the northern end of the beach. A road, caravan park, foreshore park and southern cemetery are located on the sand barrier, with the town spread over the hills at the southern end of the beach. A surf club used to patrol the beach but is defunct, with lifeguards now patrolling the centre of the beach during the summer holidays. The beach is composed of medium to coarse sand which combines with the waves to produce a continuous bar cut by up to 20 rips during southeast waves. However during northeast and east waves calm conditions often prevail, though the rip holes may remain. A rock pool is located on the southern rocks.