Large southerly swell prompts hazardous surf warning for Gold Coast

A HAZARDOUS surf warning has been issued for the Gold Coast as a large southerly swell pushes our way.

The Bureau of Meteorology says the swell is likely to affect the east coasts and adjacent waters of North Stradbroke Island and Moreton Island.

The exposed coast and adjacent waters north of Noosa Heads, including the east coast of Fraser Island are also expected to be impacted.


Conditions are predicted to be dangerous, with swimmers, rock fishers and boaties urged to be careful, especially around South Stradbroke Island.

A warning also remains in place south of the border, for the Byron Coast, Coffs Coast, Macquarie Coast, Hunter Coast, Sydney Coast, Illawarra Coast, Batemans Coast and Eden Coast.

Surf Life Saving Queensland advise that:

  • 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.