Gold Coast on king tide alert

BEACHGOERS have been urged to take extra care with the Gold Coast forecast to experience high tide levels over the next few days.

The highest of the tides is forecast to reach 1.87 metres at 8.35am tomorrow (Friday).

Mayor Tom Tate said levels of the daily highest tide were forecast to vary between 1.7 – 1.9 m at the Gold Coast Seaway until Sunday.


The erosion of southern beaches and flooding of low-lying areas will be likely.

Residents in Budds Beach and those in parts of Coombabah, Jacobs Well and Cabbage Tree Point may experience localised flooding.

Cr Tate said the high tides and swells were expected to impact beaches and estuaries with erosion and stronger than usual currents.

“Our Engineering Services team is continuing to monitor the beaches and foreshores, and has resources on standby to respond. The City’s Lifeguards are also prepared for the event,” Cr Tate said.

While we all love our beaches, safety has to come first, so remember if you do see barricades, signs or machinery after tide or storm events, please stay clear and wait for City staff to re-open any closed off areas.

“There is also a risk of minor localised flooding in low lying areas such as Cabbage Tree Point, Boykambil (areas around The Esplanade), Budds Beach, Jacobs Well, foreshores along Coombabah and low lying areas around Tallebudgera Creek.

“People living in low lying areas, should keep an eye on the situation and call SES on 132 500 if they need help.”

The Local Disaster Management Group is not activated but will continue monitoring the situation.

With category one Cyclone Dylan spinning off the north Queensland coast expected to make landfall south of about Townsville on Friday morning, Gold Coast beaches may experience an increased swell on top of the kind tide.

Lifeguards will review local conditions on a daily basis and some beaches may be closed.

Locals and tourists are encouraged to swim between the flags and obey lifeguards instructions.