Gold Coast beaches open despite hazardous surf warning

Gold Coast lifeguards are yet to close any beaches this morning, in what appears to be the calm before the storm.

A hazardous surf warning remains in place for the day, with conditions expected to worsen from tonight.

Cyclone Oma is continuing to bring strong swells to our shores, which are predicted to seriously build throughout the week.


Yesterday, several beaches had to be closed with the combination of a king tide and large swell threatening dangerous conditions even for those walking on the beach.

All beaches are open, though Lifeguards are keeping a close eye on the area around Narrowneck, with waves coming right up to the bushes in parts.

Acting Chief Lifeguard Chris Maynard says that while the conditions don’t look as bad this morning, they’re certainly expected to build later in the week.

“Some areas of the beach are compromised, but generally it’s not too bad for a swim.

“There might be a few beaches that don’t have enough room, especially around Narrowneck for the high tide.

“In particular coming on Thursday, we’ll see a spike in swell, with 8 to 10 foot surf, conditions will be quite hazardous for swimming.

“We’ll probably have beaches closed on Thursday and leading into the weekend, we’ll monitor each day as it comes,” Mr Maynard said.

The Weather Bureau still has a hazardous surf warning in place for Gold Coast waters today, despite beaches remaining open.

“Surf and swell conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as rock fishing, boating, and swimming from Tuesday evening onwards in the following areas,” the warning reads.

The next warning will be issued this afternoon, though for now Surf Life Saving Queensland has advised the following.

  •   People should consider staying out of the water and avoid walking near surf-exposed areas.
  •   Rock fishers should avoid coastal rock platforms exposed to the ocean and seek a safe location that is sheltered from the surf.
  •   Boaters planning to cross shallow water and ocean bars should consider changing or delaying their voyage.
  •   Boaters already on the water should carry the appropriate safety equipment and wear a lifejacket.
  •   Boaters should remember to log on with their local radio base and consider their safety management plan.