The southern Valla Beach (NSW 122) is a popular beach located on the south side of Valla Headland with a park and picnic facilities on the backing slopes. It is, however also a potentially dangerous beach owing to its exposed southeast-facing location and the mouth of Deep Creek which flows out against the southern end of the 650 m long beach. A council sign at the beach warns swimmers of these hazards, which is patrolled by lifeguards during the Christmas school holidays.
Torquay's Front Beach fronts the town centre. It is a well-appointed beach with a well-maintained foreshore reserve between The Esplanade and the beach. There are numerous facilities in the reserve, including a tourist information centre. A seawall and a row of tall Norfolk Island pines back the beach, and several wooden groynes cross the beach.The beach faces due east and runs for 1 km from Yellow Bluff to Point Danger. The point and its reefs protect the beach, which receives waves averaging less than 1 m. These maintain a shallow, continuous, attached bar.
Two kilometres south of Marley Beach, at 80 m high Providential Head is a 1 km long westward inflection in the cliffs, leading to a narrow, steep sided valley bounded by Boy Martin Point to the south and containing Wattamolla Beach (NSW 343). The mid-bay beach is a curving, east-facing 150 m long beach located 500 m inside the heads and as a result receives waves averaging about 1 m, which maintain a reflective to low tide terrace beach usually free of rips (Fig. 4.269). It is backed by the narrow 500 m long Wattamolla Lagoon, which is fed by Wattamolla and Coole creeks and bordered by steep valley sides, with the lagoon breaking out across the southern corner of the beach. The beach is accessible via the sealed Wattamolla Road, which terminates at a car park and picnic area.