Gold Coast beaches remain closed following weekend of dangerous surf

All beaches across the Gold Coast remain closed today following a weekend of dangerous surf whipped up by ex-Tropical Cyclone Gita.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued another hazardous surf warning for Gold Coast waters on Monday, with people being urged to avoid heading to the beach.

“Surf and swell conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as rock fishing, boating, and swimming in the following areas,” the weather bureau said.


Lifesavers rescued more than 50 people from the surf across Queensland on Sunday, including a man who was knocked off his jet ski by dangerous waves at Jumpinpin Bar and a woman who came into trouble at Greenmount Beach.

A 24-foot wave (7.5m) was recorded around a kilometre offshore of Tweed Heads around 3.30pm yesterday.

Surf Life Saving Queensland is urging people to:

  • 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.