Gold Coast beaches to close as severe weather system builds

Gold Coast beaches will be closed tomorrow with wild winds expected to lash the coast and whip up damaging surf.

A severe weather warning for damaging winds has been issued for people in parts of the Darling Down, Granite Belt and Southeast Coast forecast districts.

The Bureau of Meteorology says a low-pressure system is expected to develop off the northern New South Wales coast later today.


This low is expected to move slowly northwards today, but keep south of Queensland, before moving northeast over the southern Coral Sea during Thursday.

The weather bureau says a strong high-pressure system over the Great Australian Bight will also strengthen over the next few days as it moves slowly east towards Tasmania.

“The combination of these two systems will lead to a vigorous southerly flow developing over southeastern Queensland tonight or early Thursday morning,” the bureau said.

As a result, locally damaging wind gusts to 90km/hr are expected to develop about the elevated ground of the southern border ranges tonight and continue into Thursday morning.

These winds are also forecast to extend to the exposed coast during Thursday.

The weather bureau says locations which may be affected include Stanthorpe, Mt Barney, Springbrook, Lamington National Park, Mt Tamborine, Coolangatta, North Stradbroke Island and Moreton Island.

A separate severe weather warning is current for people south of the border in northern NSW.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:

  • * Move your car under cover or away from trees.
  • * Secure loose outdoor items.
  • * Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
  • * Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
  • * For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.