Lifesavers call for caution as King Tides roll in

Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) is urging beachgoers to exercise caution this week, with the arrival of king tides anticipated to cause extreme coastal conditions across the state.

A king tide is expected to roll in across Queensland this week, peaking on Thursday morning (January 2nd). The forecast high tides on this date are as follows:

  •  Gold Coast Seaway – 1.87 metres at 8:50am
  •  Mooloolaba – 2.14 metres at 8:39am
  •  Noosa Heads – 2.25 metres at 8:36am
  •  Bundaberg – 3.51 metres at 9:087am
  •  Gladstone – 4.72 metres at 9:45am
  •  Townsville – 3.99 metres at 9:40am
  •  Cairns – 3.38 metres at 9:43am

  • SLSQ lifesaving services manager Peta Lawlor said big tidal changes often create hazardous conditions for swimmers, strengthening rips, exposing rocks and floating debris, and increasing the risk of being swept out to sea as larger volumes of water move quickly.

    “King tides often create dangerous and unstable conditions, so it’s important that beachgoers consider their safety,” Ms Lawlor said.

    “All of the open beaches could suffer from increased rips and currents as a result of the tidal movements. Even at the more protected beaches, swimmers will still need to exercise caution.

    “It’s important that people only swim at patrolled beaches, between the red and yellow flags,” she said.

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