Schools, shops closed as Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie hits the Gold Coast

SEVERE weather from ex tropical cyclone Debbie is causing havoc across the Gold Coast today with people warned to stay at home.

All Gold Coast schools have been closed with businesses also urged to shut up shop by midday due to torrential rainfall and severe localised flash flooding.

The Government has announced that all public transport will be free from 10.00am today to make it easier for people to get home safely.


“We’ve made the decision to make public transport free today to make sure people can get home safely,” Deputy Premier Jackie Trad said.

Throughout the day, you can find rolling updates of current closures across the coast below:


All schools from Agnes Water to the NSW border have been closed and will remain closed tomorrow (Friday).

University & Tafe

Griffith University Campus – closed

Bond University – closed

Ashmore Tafe – closed

University of Queensland – closed

Southern Cross University GC Campus – closed

Theme Parks

Dreamworld – closed

White Water World – closed

Movie World – closed

Sea World – closed

Wet n Wild – closed

Australia Zoo – closed


Coles Supermarkets at Robina, Mudgeeraba, Benowa and Southport – closed

Every Woolworths store across the coast – closing at 5.00pm

There are reports several other supermarkets across the coast have also been ordered to shut up shop.


Brisbane Courts have cancelled all cases today


Gold Coast Airport is currently open and operational, however Virgin Australia has confirmed the cancellation of all services from 12:00pm and all Tigerair services have been cancelled for the remainder of the day.


Breast Screen Qld is closing its clinics today and will reschedule appointments

All elective surgery and outpatients appointments cancelled at Gold Coast University Hospital and Robina Hospital

All Emergency Departments are operating as normal with emergency surgeries going ahead

Hope Island General Practice – closed


All Gold Coast beaches – closed


Upper Coomera Library – closed

State Library of Qld – closed

Four City libraries are open as safe spaces – Elanora, Southport, Robina and Helensvale.

These are not evacuation centres but people can visit these should they need a safe haven.


All City of Gold Coast pounds – closed

All City of Gold Coast pools – closed

Carrara Indoor Sports Stadium – Closed

All police citizen youth clubs – closed

Burleigh Bears Leagues Club, Miami – closed

Arts Centre Precinct – closed

Lemongrass Thai Maudsland – closed

Gold Coast shopping centre updates:

Gold Coast Bunnings Warehouse Stores – closed

Runaway Bay shopping centre – closed

Robina Town Centre – closed

My Centre Nerang – closed

Let us know of any other closures in the comment section below!

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NAB BANKS will be closed from Midday. Some already closed.

Hope Island General Practice is closing at midday due to weather conditions. We are attempting to contact all patients booked in this afternoon to reschedule.
Tomorrow: TBA

Robina shopping Centre closed

Some automative shops i n the burleigh area are closed today. Contacting your mechanics or service people would be best if you have things you need to do. Take care everyone!

Lemongrass Thai Maudsland closed tonight

Coomonwealth banks all closed

My Centre Nerang closed.

Bunnings Stores across the Gold Coast now closed!

All Bunnings On The Gold Coast Are Now Closed

Harbour seafood market labrador closed

Coombabah Family Practice closed – reopen Tues.

Gold Coast Sailing Academy practical sail training courses and theory lessons are all postponed until Monday.