Gold Coast beaches to remain open amid forecast of large swell

The City’s Chief Lifeguard has confirmed all Gold Coast beaches will remain open today, despite warnings we could be in for some pretty big swell.

A gale warning has been issued for Gold Coast waters, with the Bureau of Meteorology forecasting south to southeasterly 20 to 30 knot winds, increasing to 25 to 35 knots offshore today.

They’re predicting swells south to southeasterly 1.5 to 2.5 metres inshore, increasing to 2 to 4 metres offshore.


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But Chief Lifeguard Chris Maynard told myGC beaches are actually looking quite clean at the moment.

“It’s got a lot of south swell in it so I think it will go past the Gold Coast and won’t impact us in the way that we will have large seas that will affect beach closures,” Maynard said.

“Looking pretty good for the beaches this morning, the swell is quite small, it’s around under 1 metre, and with that wind, it really flattened it out.

“We’ve got these strong southwesterly winds, up to around 25 to 30km an hour at the moment.

“They are expecting to get a bit stronger, but it has got a lot of west in it, so it tends to flatten the ocean out as such”.

Mr Manyard said conditions may deteriorate on the Coast over the next few days due to the stronger winds and swell, but he said “at the moment beaches are looking really good”.

“All beaches will be open today!”

Swimmers are being reminded shark nets have been removed from Gold Coast beaches in anticipation of dangerous conditions.