Pippi Beach (NSW 44) is Yamba's surfing beach. There is good access, parking and a reserve at the northern end, though few facilities other than a toilet block, with an aboriginal community behind the centre and crown land to the south. The beach faces southeast and extends for 1.6 km from Yamba to Barri points. It receives waves averaging 1.6 m, which maintain a double bar system. The inner bar is usually attached and either continuous or cut by rips every 200-300 m. A deep trough and outer bar lie outside the first break. The northern end is patrolled by lifeguards during the summer holidays.
Shoalwater beach (WA 798) is a curving, west-facing, 1.5 km long low energy beach located between Mersey Point and a central sandy foreland. A shallow sands spit extends 1 km west from the tip of the foreland to Shag Rock and Seal Island. The low waves produce a relatively narrow steep beach, with seagrass meadows just off the shoreline, and the beach covered by seagrass debris following storms. The beach is backed by the 100-200 m wide Shoalwater Foreshore Reserve, with parking towards the southern end, then a road and houses of Shoalwater.
Cudmirrah Beach (NSW 451) is the surf beach for Sussex Inlet and location of the Sussex Inlet and District SLSC (founded 1981). The beach is 3 km long extending to the southwest from the 60 m high sandstone headland and rocks at Sussex Inlet to the lee of the reef and sand salient on the north side of the usually closed mouth of Swan Lake. The beach is backed by active sand dunes including several large blowouts extending a few hundred meters inland and to heights of 30 m. The only car access is to a small car park behind the surf club, which is situated high on the northern foredune. Its tower gives an excellent view of the beach and its many rips. The entire beach faces straight into the southeast swell and has an exposed surf zone. Up to 10 large rips usually dominate the beach, with the largest in the north and a permanent rip against the rocks (Fig. 4.342 & 4.344). To the south slight protection in lee of the reef reduces wave height and rip intensity. The bars between the rips are usually detached in the north, attaching more frequently in the south. Following high seas a second bar forms offshore.