The wooden walkway that leads on to the beach follows the final stretch of a small stream, the riverine vegetation and shingle continuing almost up to the tideline. The sight of a dense eucalyptus grove on the bank of the stream comes as a surprise since it is so close to the sands.
The cliff delimiting the beach to the west is tall and imposing, with limestone tiers covered in exuberant coastal scrub that surfers often climb up on when they want to test the waves.
The entrance to the beach consists of quite a large expanse of sand formed by a small dune covered in sand couch-grass near the mouth of the stream. The beach then extends eastwards, bounded by lower, ochre cliffs, their craggy faces offering sheltered nooks for bathers. Zavial is a favourite beach for surfers. The eastern end is quieter.