Hazardous surf warning issued for Gold Coast, along with potential storm

A hazardous surf warning is in place for the Gold Coast today, while a potential storm could be on the way as well.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued the hazardous surf warning this morning, with northerly winds to reach up to 20 knots at times.

Seas will be between 1 and 1.5 metres, swell south to southeasterly 1.5 to 2 metres offshore.


“Surf conditions may be more powerful than they appear and are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing,” the Bureau’s warning reads.

Hazardous surf conditions are expected to continue into tomorrow as well, with Surf Life Saving Queensland providing the following advice:

  • 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.

Meantime, the Bureau is also forecasting potential storm action later on today (Thursday October 1)

A trough is heading our way with just a slight chance that storms could get severe in the Gold Coast hinterland.

“The chance of seeing some severe thunderstorms, isn’t particularly strong, but it’s a ‘low chance’ now a ‘no chance’,” Meteorologist Rosa Hoff said.

“So there is a possibility of seeing some storms.”

For more information and the latest warnings, click here.