Gold Coast beaches closed as conditions worsen

UPDATE at 9:10 AM | ALL Gold Coast beaches have now been closed due to worsening surf conditions.

Lifeguards were able to open some beaches in the protected corners south of Burleigh on Thursday morning however conditions rapidly deteriorated and all beaches are now off-limits.

Council is warning beach-goers to avoid walking along the beach, especially with children, with strong tidal surges likely to sweep people off their feet.


EARLIER at 8:00 AM | SEVERAL beaches have been closed on the Gold Coast, as surf conditions deteriorate.

All beaches north of Burleigh were closed on Thursday morning, as the southeasterly swell intensifies. Crews will assess southern beaches and make a call on them later in the day.

A hazardous surf warning has been issued and is likely to remain in place until at least Sunday.

FIRST at 6:40 AM | A HAZARDOUS Surf Warning has been issued for southeast Queensland, with wild seas expected to return.

The Weather Bureau warns surf and swell conditions will be hazardous for coastal activities such as rock fishing, boating, and swimming from late today.

The east-southeasterly swell is expected to continue tomorrow and on Saturday before easing back on Sunday.

The warning covers the Fraser Island Coast, and both the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast Waters.

As a result of the deteriorating conditions, lifeguards are likely to begin closing beaches later today.

Most Gold Coast beaches were reopened to the public yesterday, as conditions eased from earlier in the week.

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Beaches at Narrowneck and Main Beach, however, remained off-limits.

People are advised to stay out of the water and avoid walking near surf-exposed areas.

Boaters planning to cross shallow water and ocean bars should consider changing or delaying their voyage, while those already on the water should carry the appropriate safety equipment and wear a life-jacket.

Boaters should also remember to log on with their local radio base and consider their safety management plan.

Rock fishers should avoid coastal rock platforms exposed to the ocean.

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