Parts of the Gold Coast see a month’s worth of rain in just 24 hours

UPDATE 6:00 AM | The worst of the rain event is behind us, but the Gold Coast is still in for a soggy weekend.

The Weather Bureau has confirmed “the immediate threat of severe weather has passed”, but more rain is on its way.

“A very moist onshore flow will continue to produce showers and some rain areas over parts of southeast Queensland through Saturday, gradually easing through the day,” BoM said in their 4.50am update.


“Areas of rain are moving slowly southwards through the Gold Coast region but rainfall rates are no longer severe.”

The Gold Coast SES branch had around 50 call-outs over the past 24-hours, mostly for leaks and minor flooding.

While a bunch of local events were cancelled or postponed.

ROAD CLOSURES: Due to all the heavy rain, some roads on the Gold Coast and in the Hinterland are partly closed with localised flooding.

Clagiraba Road, Clagiraba
Between Beaudesert Nerang Rd & Gerra Ct
Bedford Road, Pimpama
Between Christopher & Old Pacific Hwy
Birds Road, Guanaba/Maudsland
Between Equestrian Drive & Abbott Court
Coburg Road, Canungra
Sandy Creek Road, Yatala

RAIN FALL (between 9am Friday and 5am Saturday)
•155mm Upper Springbrook
•171mm Lower Springbrook
•187mm Numinbah
•149mm Biggera Creek
•110mm Loder Creek (Labrador)
•155mm Little Nerang Dam
•143mm Hinze Dam
•128mm Gold Coast Seaway
•133mm Tallai
•47mm Coolangatta

UPDATE 6:30 PM | THE Gold Coast has copped an absolute drenching, with parts of the city receiving more than a month’s worth of rain in the last 24 hours.

The hinterland was the wettest, with 206mm of rain falling on Mt Tamborine in the 24 hours to 5pm on Friday – 145mm of that fell in the six hours to 3.30pm.

On average, the Gold Coast typically sees 180mm of rain fall during the entire month of February.

Several suburbs in the city also recorded more than 100mm; Biggera Waters collected 156mm in the gauge, 152mm fell at Pacific Pines and Labrador copped 141mm. See the full list below.

The Bureau of Meteorology says the very moist air mass and coastal trough responsible for the deluge will continue to produce areas of heavy rain across the southeast this evening and into Saturday.

In its updated warning at 5pm, the bureau said heavy rain which may lead to flash flooding would extend from the Sunshine Coast hinterland down through Brisbane and into the Gold Coast hinterland.

“Six hourly rainfall totals of 90mm to 120mm are possible, with isolated heavier falls up to 150mm possible,” the warning reads.

Locations which may be affected include Brisbane, Gold Coast hinterland, Sunshine Coast hinterland, Logan and Ipswich.

The Gold Coast City has been excluded from the latest warning.


  • 206mm Mt Tamborine (145mm fell in the 6 hours to 3.20pm on Friday)
  • 169mm Binna Burra
  • 170mm Upper Springbrook
  • 156mm Numinbah
  • 156mm Biggera Waters
  • 156mm Oreillys Rainforest
  • 152mm Pacific Pines
  • 142mm Canungra
  • 141mm Loder Creek (Labrador)
  • 139mm Molendinar
  • 114mm Coombabah
  • 115mm Monterey Keys
  • 110mm Coomera Shores
  • 103mm Gold Coast Seaway
  • 101mm Carrara
  • 82mm Oxenford Weir
  • 64mm Mudgeeraba
  • 60mm Tallebudgera Creek Dam
  • 50mm Burleigh Waters
  • 39mm Coolangatta

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:

  • Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it’s flooded, forget it.
  • Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
  • For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

UPDATE at 4:25 PM | MORE than 200mm of rain has fallen on Mt Tamborine in the Gold Coast hinterland in the last 23 hours and we’re being told there’s plenty more to come.

Six places in the hinterland and nine suburbs in the city have now recorded more than 100mm of rain.

As of 4:00pm on Friday, 205mm had fallen in the gauge at Mt Tamborine while Upper Springbrook has recorded 165mm since 5pm on Thursday and the rain continues to fall.

Meanwhile, closer to the coast, 155mm has fallen at Biggera Waters, Pacific Pines has seen 150mm, 140mm at Labrador, 139mm in Molendinar and 112mm at Coombabah and Monterey Keys.

Coomera shores has copped 108mm, the Gold Coast Seaway 101mm and Carrara 100mm.

Totals were close to exceeding 100mm at Oxenford Weir at the time of writing.


  • 205mm Mt Tamborine
  • 166mm Binna Burra
  • 165mm Upper Springbrook
  • 153mm Numinbah
  • 155mm Biggera Waters
  • 149mm Oreillys Rainforest
  • 150mm Pacific Pines
  • 140mm Loder Creek (Labrador)
  • 141mm Canungra
  • 139mm Molendinar
  • 112mm Coombabah
  • 112mm Monterey Keys
  • 108mm Coomera Shores
  • 102mm Gold Coast Seaway
  • 100mm Carrara
  • 81mm Oxenford Weir
  • 60mm Tallebudgera Creek Dam
  • 64mm Mudgeeraba
  • 49mm Burleigh Waters
  • 39mm Coolangatta

FIRST at 12:30 PM | MORE than 100mm of rain has already fallen on parts of the Gold Coast and there’s more to come.

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast widespread 24 hours falls of 90-130mm, while some parts of the hinterland are on track to receive up to 250mm, possibly more.

So far, in the 18 hours from 5pm Thursday to 11.30am on Friday, 113mm of rain has fallen at Upper Springbrook and 107mm has been recorded at Numinbah.

Meanwhile, closer to the coast, 106mm has fallen in the gauge at Labrador while Molendinar has been drenched with 102mm. See the full list below.

The weather bureau says a very moist air mass has combined with a coastal trough to produce the rain, which is expected to persist into the weekend.

The bureau has warned widespread six hourly rainfall totals of 90-130mm will be possible, with isolated heavier falls up to 180mm, while 24-hour totals of 150-250mm are likely.

Some parts of the Gold Coast hinterland and southern border ranges could cop up to 300mm.

Conditions are expected to ease during Sunday morning.

18 HOUR TOTALS (5pm Thursday – 11.30am Friday)

  • 113mm Upper Springbrook
  • 107mm Numinbah
  • 106mm Loder Creek
  • 102mm Molendinar
  • 87mm Little Nerang Dam
  • 87mm Canungra
  • 85mm Carrara
  • 76mm Mt Tamborine
  • 69mm Pacific Pines
  • 68mm Monterey Keys
  • 68mm Gold Coast Seaway
  • 57mm Coombabah
  • 57mm Coomera Shores
  • 49mm Oxenford
  • 48mm Tallebudgera Creek Dam
  • 44mm Mudgeeraba
  • 40mm Burlieigh Waters
  • 33mm Coolangatta