All Gold Coast beaches bar one are open this morning despite warnings of dangerous conditions.
A hazardous surf warning remains in place for Gold Coast waters but the swell hasn’t been as big as first feared yet.
Lifeguards have so far only shut the beach at the Sheraton.
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“Swell is still quite big, with probably about two metres on those sets, definitely a lot of water movement today but it is from the south so a lot of the swell is just going straight past the Gold Coast,” Lifeguard supervisor Kane Oakley said.
“It is still quite dangerous. Check with the lifeguards please at each of the beaches before going swimming and swim between those red and yellow flags.”
Surfers have converged at beaches on the southern end of the Gold Coast to take advantage of the conditions but lifeguards have a warning for them too.
“Even down south for the surfboard riders experienced only, there is a lot of water moving, some pretty good surf and some large sets coming in.”
Lifeguards have also warned that some beaches may close this afternoon if conditions deteriorate.
A high tide is also expected just before 10.30am.
The conditions are expected to ease by tomorrow.