Sandbagging stations open ahead of Cyclone Seth’s arrival

Sandbagging stations have been opened on the Gold Coast as the city braces for the impacts of Tropical Cyclone Seth.

The system remains a category one as it sits in waters off Bundaberg but is expected to continue tracking further south before taking westerly turn towards the coast early on Monday, eventually easing into a sub-tropical low.

The storm isn’t expected to cross the coastline but will the Bureau of Meteorology has issued a Severe Weather Warning for abnormally high tides, hazardous surf and gale force winds with conditions expected to intensify from late Sunday afternoon.


“Tropical Cyclone Seth is generating increasing seas and swell across southeastern Queensland, coinciding with an astronomical peak in high tides over the next few days,” the BOM warning states.

“Water levels on the high tide may exceed the highest astronomical tide (HAT) of the year by around 0.5m at some southeast locations this morning.

“Tide levels are forecast to increase further on Monday and Tuesday, with many locations at risk of high tides greater than 0.5m above HAT. Conditions should begin to ease on Wednesday.”

Increasing seas and swells are expected to develop on Sunday afternoon with wave heights expected to be at or above 4 metres.

The Bureau warns this will create dangerous surf conditions and is likely to lead to coastal erosion, especially when combining with the abnormally high tides.

As a result, City of Gold Coast has opened sandbagging stations in Pimpama, Billinga and Burleigh Heads for those living in low-lying areas who may be impacted by the rising waters and possible flooding.

They will be open on Sunday from 6am-10am and 3pm-7pm.

IMAGE | Conditions expected on Monday afternoon. Source –

Mayor Tom Tate said it was important local residents were careful, particularly at our beaches and around rivers and creeks.

“I advise everyone to keep their kids away from stormwater drains and local creeks and the main rivers feeding into our Broadwater,” he said.

“So far, the beaches are holding up well and there is little scarping but we expect it to get worse over the next three days.

“Please swim between the flags. Even if you’re a strong swimmer it’s nasty out there.”

Sandbagging locations:

– 232 Old Pacific Highway, Pimpama (next to City of Gold Coast Coomera Depot)

– 46 Boyd St, Bilinga (use the service road, next to the City of Gold Coast Tugun Depot)

– 61 Hutchinson St, Burleigh Heads, (Reedy Creek Waste and Recycling Centre)