Hazardous surf warning issued for Gold Coast waters

Gold Coasters are being urged to be careful on the beaches today, with a hazardous surf warning in place.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued the warned early this morning, predicting significant east to southeasterly swell.

It’s being generated by a deep low-pressure system northeast of New Zealand.


“Swell is forecast to decrease below warning thresholds overnight, but may return to warning levels on Thursday evening,” the Bureau’s warning reads.

Surf Life Saving Queensland has issued the following advice for today.

– 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.

Gold Coast Council has confirmed that five beaches have been closed for today, including Sheraton tower 41 and Staghorn ave tower 36, Surfers Paradise tower 34, Mermaid Beach tower 26, and Nobbys tower 23.

1029 Hot Tomato’s surf report Reg says the waves can be pretty deceiving, so he wouldn’t recommend anyone go in the water unless they’re experienced with dangerous surf.

“Don’t be fooled if you go down to the beach and you have a look and you think ‘oh it’s not that big,’ just wait for those sets to come through because they’re really really solid.

“Waves are probably 6 feet with the occasional bigger sets, high tide around 7.00 am,” Reg told Galey, Emily Jade and Christo this morning.

“If you’re not experienced, just sit and watch, and everyone else just take care in the water.”

The next warning from the Bureau will be issued by 5:00 pm EST Tuesday.