13 Coast beaches closed with the worst yet to come
UPDATE: MORE Coast beaches have been closed with experts predicting the worst of a large swell that is battering the Coast is yet to come.
The Alex Heads, Boardwalk, Currimundi, Dicky, Discovery, Kawana, Maroochydore, The Spit Mooloolaba, Mudjimba, Sunrise, Sunshine, Wurtulla and Marcoola beaches are now closed.
The Courier Mail reports the the Bureau of Meteorology is expecting the significant swell event to get even bigger overnight.
"We're expecting the swell to actually pick up through today and probably peak overnight into tomorrow morning," forecaster James Thompson said.
"We're looking at easterly swells on the beaches of about three metres getting up to three-and-a half metres offshore."
A hazardous surf warning has been in place for Sunshine Coast, Fraser Island and Gold Coast waters all weekend and will continue tomorrow with swell conditions expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as rock fishing, boating, and swimming.
Surf Life Saving Queensland advises 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.
EARLIER: Hazardous surf and swell conditions are expected to continue into next week with warnings extended and more Coast beaches closed.
The Bureau of Meteorology has warned of hazardous conditions for coastal activities such as rock fishing, boating, and swimming in Fraser Island and Sunshine Coast waters for the rest of the weekend which will continue into Monday.
Maroochydore beaches were closed yesterday due to rough conditions and today Alex Heads, Boardwalk, Currumundi, Dicky, Discovery, Kawana, Maroochydore, The Spit Mooloolaba, Mudjimba, Sunrise, and Wurtulla Beaches are closed.
SATURDAY: A hazardous surf warning has been issued for the Sunshine Coast with beaches closed and people asked to keep out of the water.
According to a warning from the Bureau of Meteorology, surf and swell conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as rock fishing, boating, and swimming in Fraser Island and Sunshine Coast waters for the rest of today and tomorrow.
Maroochydore and Kawana beaches have been closed.
Despite conditions, the Mooloolaba Beach Festival continued today with some changes to courses.
The event website stated lifesaving officials declared Alexandra Headland unsafe for the start of the ocean swim today and an alternative course event started and finished at The Spit.
Sunday courses will be reviewed at 6am on the day.
The Outdoor Cinema has also been moved to Charles Clark Park, 500m from the Surf Club and will start at 6.45pm.