Beachgoers on the Gold Coast are being urged to take care this Easter weekend with dangerous conditions forecast.
A hazardous surf warning is in place for Gold Coast Waters as well as the Sunshine Coast and Fraser Coast.
Swells offshore are expected to hit 2 metres on Friday.
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Surf Lifesaving Queensland is advising people to consider staying out of the water and to avoid walking near surf-exposed areas.
Despite showers being forecast for the Gold Coast across the Easter long weekend, beaches are expected to be busy.
Nathan Fife from Surf Life Saving Queensland is urging people to be vigilant.
“(There’s) a lot of gutters, a lot of rips so please if you’re heading down to the beach with your family stick to those patrolled areas,” he said.
Gold Coast beaches will be patrolled between 8am and 5pm each with extra dusk patrols at Surfers Paradise over the weekend.
Swimmers are urged to check with lifeguards and be aware of hazardous surf warnings before going into the water.
SLSQ also encourages beachgoers to follow a few simple steps:
- Only swim at patrolled beaches and between the red and yellow flags
- Don’t swim at night or after drinking alcohol
- Look for and follow the advice of safety signs
- Be careful of debris and other hazards that may have washed into the surf such as rubbish, tree branches and rocks.