Strong winds and big swell tipped to batter local beaches

We could see some generous sized swell hit the coast from Wednesday afternoon.

The Bureau warned of large and dangerous surf conditions that could make life difficult for swimmers and rock fishers.

Earlier an alert was issued for gale force winds, that has now been revised down to strong winds.


Speaking from Burleigh, Lifeguard Superintendent Chris Maynard said the waves should grow in size during the week.

He said “with that southerly change overnight the wind picked up and we are expecting it to get stronger throughout the day”.

Mr Maynard added that “at the moment the swell is up to about a metre and a half and we are expecting that to build over the next few days and this afternoon it will probably get up to around two metres but with the ocean swell we’re not quite sure on the impact on the beaches as far as the size of the swell until it gets here”.

The swell is expected to peak around Friday and he said they “will just monitor those conditions each day but at the moment things are looking good for the board riders obviously, they’re getting some great waves on the southerly point breaks”.

Mr Maynard did not think we would see any erosion saying “the beaches are in such good condition anyway I mean there’s just a massive width of sand but I mean it’s not a massive storm event it’s just a bit of swell they’re predicting so I don’t think we’re going to have any major scarping at all”.