Carrickalinga beach lies immediately north of the low Haycock Point and runs north for 1.4 kilometres to 50 metre high Carrickalinga Head. A 50 metre wide foreshore reserve, road and three rows of houses back the beach, the road terminating at a car park and reserve on the slopes of the head. A small creek drains across the southern end of the beach. Between Haycock Point and the car park is a relatively safe sandy beach, while on the point and north of the car park rock reefs front the beach.
Carrickalinga is an unpatrolled swimming beach and is relatively safe under normal conditions.
Dogs are allowed off leash at Carrickalinga Beach at all times.