The beach is white sand and has stairway access at the western end where Taylor Inlet discharges into the ocean. Toilets, a picnic area and a caravan park are also situated at the western end of the beach. Four-wheel drive vehicles are permitted on the beach and can drive as far as Two Peoples Bay.
The beach is not patrolled by surf lifesavers and can be dangerous due to the presence of many rips along the beach. A man drowned at Nanarup in 2013 after being swept off the rocks while fishing. The area is popular for surfing, fishing and swimming.
Approximately 4.2 kilometres in length, Nanarup has scattered beachrock reefs at the eastern end for a distance of about 1.0 kilometre then curves to the southwest; the remaining length is a wave dominated surf zone that extends as far as the inlet. The beach is mostly backed by scarped 12 m calcarenite bluffs to the east and unstable dunes to the west.
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