Low tide Noosa
Low tide Noosa

Where you’ll find the Sunny Coast's newest beach

A NEW "beach" has mysteriously appeared along the shoreline at Noosa.

The patch of sand, which could be a beachgoer's dream and a surfer's nightmare, is in an area near Little Cove Beach, which had been exposed rocks for the past century.

Eagle-eyed locals have noticed the change, and experts have chalked it up to tides being at an annual low.

A Bureau of Meteorology meteorologist Phil Campbell said it was a common occurrence for many Australian coastal areas.

"Noosa's winds, tides and waves for the area are normal, with tides well below the highest experienced in a year," he said.

Monique Terol and Riley Mitchell enjoy a day out at Johnston's Point in the Noosa National Park. Picture: Lachie Millard
Monique Terol and Riley Mitchell enjoy a day out at Johnston's Point in the Noosa National Park. Picture: Lachie Millard


Mr Campbell said the conditions are potentially what led to the larger presence of sand on the shore.

"Extended periods of low wave height, like those noted, slowly push sand from deeper water to the near shore and on to the beach," he said.

"Powerful erosive events with large waves such as cyclones, or extended periods of larger waves, erode sand and return it to deeper water.

"These cyclic movements from deeper water to the beach and back again are normal for many Australian coastal areas."

There was no beach there in 1965 when Bob McTavish checked out the surf in this picture by John Witzig.
There was no beach there in 1965 when Bob McTavish checked out the surf in this picture by John Witzig.

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