Lifeguards bracing for massive day as thousands flock to Gold Coast beaches

With the Gold Coast set to enjoy a superb Christmas day, lifeguards are gearing up for their busiest time of the festive season as people flock to the beaches.

At least 50,000 people are expected at beaches from the border to the Seaway on Christmas Day and Boxing Day but with the cracking weather that figure could end up being as high as 100,000.

The Gold Coast is in for a partly cloudy Christmas Day with tops of 27 degrees while Boxing Day should be slightly better with sunny tops of 28.


Dozens of lifeguards will be on duty today keeping watch on patrolled beaches between 7am and 6.30pm.

Acting Gold Coast Chief Lifeguard Chris Maynard is urging everyone to stay safe, swim between the flags and listen to lifeguards.

“The way the rips and currents work, sometimes those areas look quite inviting because the waves aren’t breaking, but usually that’s where the trouble is,” he said.

Beachgoers are also being urged not to venture into the water if they’ve had a few festive drinks.

The run of fine weather is expected to continue at least until New Year’s Eve with partly cloudy conditions forecast with tops in the high 20’s.