The southern end is called Middleton Beach, which is an eastern suburb of Albany and site of the Albany Surf Life Saving Club. The Surf Club, which was established in 1956, is located in a grassy foreshore reserve, and has recently redeveloped their club house facility.
The well laid out reserve also provides parking, a kiosk and other amenities. In the southern corner, called Ellen Cove, is a wooden walkway that runs out past the jetty to Wooding Point. The small jetty is popular with swimmers and fishers. Right behind the reserve is a resort hotel and shopping centre, with a caravan park just up the beach.
The beach is backed by a 500 m wide foredune ridge plain which has been largely developed. The central section is occupied by Albany golf course, with the northern half called Emu Beach, which has a large caravan park and the northern suburb of Emu Point. The point forms the boundary between Oyster Harbour and the Sound, with a narrow inlet linking the two.