Preservation Bay (T 1103) is a 700 m long north-facing beach that curves round between low rocky bluffs. The beach is backed by a low grassy foredune, the old railway line and old highway, with a row of houses on the southern side. There is good access to the beach from the large car park next to the Penguin Surf Life Saving Club located behind the rocky shore at the eastern end (Fig. 4.240). All motorists travelling the old highway get a good view of the beach and club house. Waves average 0.5-1 m, and with the tides produce a narrow high tide beach and 150 m wide moderately sloping low tide beach, consisting of a continuous low tide bar (Fig. 4.241). Rips do however occur during higher waves at low tide, with a strong rip running out against the eastern clubhouse rocks during northwest wave conditions. A small creek drains across the central part of the beach.
Tuross Head has two small beaches (NSW 583-584) on the south side of the headland of the same name. They can be accessed from street parking on the north side and a car park and caravan park behind the southern beach. Tuross Head Main Beach (NSW 583) is 250 m long, commencing 200 m west of the head and curving to the south to a small rocky outcrop. It faces the southeast and receives waves averaging 1.5 m, which usually produce an attached bar and a permanent rip running north against the head. However the beach and surf are strongly influenced by the lake mouth bars and channels. At times a tidal bar forms seaward of the beach and reduces wave height at the beach, but can funnel strong tidal currents past the beach. This is the main swimming beach for the head and patrolled during the summer school holidays. It is backed by a low foredune, then road and bluffs rising to houses.
North Haven beach (233) is the product of a major redevelopment of the northern part of the Adelaide coast. In the 1980’s North Haven Marina development excavated a large marine behind the beach, with two breakwaters to protect the entrance. The North Haven Beach is now located between the northern breakwater and the older breakwater for Adelaide’s Outer Harbour (Figs. 4.77 & 4.78). The 1.2 km long beach is wedged between the two breakwaters and has been slowly building seaward. Residential development backs the beach, with the North Haven Surf Life Saving Club, a large car park and dunes occupying the beachfront.The beach faces southwest, and is composed of fine sand, which together with the low waves, usually less than 0.5 m, produced a wide, flat firm beach, and wide shallow bar attached to the beach.