Gold Coast beaches to be hit by large and powerful swell

LIFEGUARDS could be forced to close off some Gold Coast beaches this weekend as some large and powerful surf heads our way.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a Hazardous Surf Warning for both Sunday and Monday.

Meteorologist Jess Gardener told the warning takes in most of the south east.


“We’ve issued a hazardous surf warning for Gold Coast Waters, Sunshine Coast Waters and the Fraser Island Coast as well for anyone thinking of going to those regions over the weekend,” Gardener said.

“That comes into affect tomorrow. We’re looking at it likely continuing in to Monday as well.

“It’s from a large easterly swell, with a long 10-12 second period, getting up to 3.5 metres.”

She warns the conditions will likely see our beaches become off limits for swimmers.

“We’ll expect to see some beach closures. Keep and eye on Surf Life Saving Queensland for that.”

While Sunday and Monday appear to be the worst days, the Bureau is expecting conditions to remain a little trick possibly through to Wednesday.

“We will still see the affects of that larger swell as it is easing so conditions are still likely to be a lit bit more hazardous than usual,” Gardener said.

Surf Life Saving Queensland advise that:

– 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.