The beach is part of Ratcliffe Bay and is surrounded to the East by the Nullaki Peninsula and a smaller granite headland, Wilson Head, to the East. Wilson Inlet is contained by a semi-permanent sandbar that forms part of Ocean Beach although a bar channel often exists which moves seasonally along the beach.
The beach is patrolled during the summer months from December to April and a lifeguard is on duty for the Summer Holidays (mid-December to Early February). Swimming between the flags at the base of the Surf Life Saving Club is recommended.
In 1993, four Gray's Beaked Whales or Scamperdown Whales (Mesoplodon grayi ) were stranded on the beach, three were eventually returned to sea but the last one died.