Port Campbell is the only town along this section of coast, and its beach is one of the few sheltered and relatively safe bathing spots on a notorious stretch of exposed coast. The town and beach occupy a 200 m wide, partially infilled valley, where the small town spreads over the eastern slopes. The 150 m long beach is bounded by the valley sides on the east and the entrance to Port Campbell Creek in the west.A reserve, car park and caravan park, together with the Port Campbell Surf Life Saving Club, back the beach. The narrow port entrance reduces the waves to a height averaging 0.5 m at the beach. These produce a moderately steep beach fronted by a continuous, narrow bar. Rips only occur during big seas. These big seas often erode the beach, exposing a rocky substrate. The occasional erosion also required a low seawall to be built along the back of the beach. The surf lifesaving club, which was formed in 1963, averages 4 rescues each year.
Sunrise Beach (1539B) is located between Sunshine and Peregian Beaches. It is backed by a caravan park that overlooks the beach. There is a patrol tower at the base of the track leading from the park and the beach is patrolled by a lifeguard during the Christmas and Easter holidays.
Christies Beach (225) occupies the southern third of a 2 km long west facing beach that extends from Witton Bluff in the south to Curlew Point in the north. The southern half is backed by the growing residential area called Christies Beach, while the northern half is known as O’Sullivan Beach (226) and backed by a sewage treatment works (Fig. 4.50). There is excellent access to the beach at Christies Beach where a road parallels the beach, together with a caravan park and the Christies Beach Surf Life Saving Club. A seawall protects the road, with a ramp to the beach in front of the surf club.)Christies Creek flows across the middle of the beach and separates Christies from O’Sullivan Beach. The northern sewer works are fronted by a low sand dune, with the breakwater of a boat launching harbour forming the northern boundaryThe both beaches receives low ocean swell as well as gulf wind waves, with waves averaging 0.5 to 1 m. This is sufficient to produce a single bar usually cut by rips every 200 m. The centre of Christies Beach, where the surf club is located, is partly protected by Horseshoe Reef which lies 300 m offshore. This causes the beach to protrude seaward at this point and receive slightly lower waves (Fig. 4.55).