Update @1.00pm: All Gold Coast beaches have now been reopened except Elkhorn Avenue in Surfers Paradise and Nobby Beach.
King tide conditions in conjunction with large swell earlier saw multiple beaches along the coast closed.
Lifeguards are still urging beach goers to check conditions before entering the water, because they can change at a moment’s notice.
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Acting Chief Lifeguard Chris Maynard says the forecast for the rest of the week is pretty grim.
“The next few days from Wednesday onward with the forecast swell, it’s definitely going to give some sort of impact along the coast for sure.
“The combination with the big tides, the beaches will probably be closed due to that,” he said.
Earlier @11.00am: A number of Gold Coast beaches have been closed to swimmers as Cyclone Oma whips up big swells, with conditions set to worsen later in the week.
Waves have already reached around 2 metres across the south east on Monday.
The dangerous conditions have forced lifeguards to close a number of beaches between Miami and Surfers Paradise.
Beaches closed today include:
- Northcliffe Beach
- Elkhorn Ave, Surfers Paradise
- Wharf Road, Surfers Paradise
- Surfers Paradise Beach
- Clifford Street, Surfers Paradise
- Margaret Ave, Broadbeach
- Seashell Ave, Mermaid Beach
- Hilda Street, Mermaid Beach
- Nobby Beach
- Miami Beach
Lifeguards warn conditions could change quickly and anyone planning to head to the beaches today should check with those on duty before entering the water.
The swell is expected to increase again from late on Tuesday, prompting the Bureau of Meteorology to issue a Hazardous Surf Warning.
“Surf and swell conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as rock fishing, boating, and swimming in the following areas from late Tuesday,” the warning reads.
It will impact Gold Coast Waters as well as the Capricornia Coast, Hervey Bay, Fraser Island Coast, Sunshine Coast Waters and Moreton Bay.
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.
The Gold Coast is also expecting a king tide of 1.91m around 9.00am on Wednesday.
The swells will continue to increase through to the weekend where we could see waves up to five metres on the Gold Coast.
Mayor Tom Tate says the Gold Coast is well equipped to handle the swell.
“We have prepared our heavy vehicle to be on the ready at our depo and should swell hit us hard, we will be able to manage.
“It will reduce scarping, the other part we have to maintain is at Narrowneck, the first defence will be there because we’ve opened some remedial work.
“Reflecting on what we’ve done with our beach nourishment over the past two years, including sand pumping, rainbowing onto the beach, and stockpiling 3 million cubic metres on the northern part of our beach, i believe we are well prepared,” Mayor Tate said.
Even though the Gold Coast is well prepared for cyclonic conditions, the Mayor is also urging locals to get themselves prepared as well.
“People out there get ready, make sure you’ve got radio with battery and a first aid kit and if you’re not sure how to get ready, get onto council website there’s a list for how you can get ready,” he said.