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Tannum Sands

Beach UNPATROLLED UNPATROLLED TODAY
Beach Number:
qld1433
State/Region:
QLD Tannum Sands
Post Code:
4680
Length:
0.6km
General Beach Hazard Rating:
2/10 (Least hazardous)

Nearby Beaches:
tannum sands (north)  (0.4km) canoe point (east)  (0.8km) canoe point (west)  (1.1km) wild cattle island (north)  (1.3km) boyne island  (3.2km)

Beach

Tannum Sands is the surfing beach for the city of Gladstone. Originally it was established as a holiday settlement, mainly occupied by typical holiday 'shacks'. The beach was then known as Wild Cattle Beach and the Tannum Sands Surf Life Saving Club was established in 1936. Expansion of Gladstone in the 1980's saw the sleepy settlement become a beachfront residential area and an increasingly popular holiday destination. There is road access to and good parking right along the beach, together with a caravan park and beachfront camping reserve.The beaches are located 30 km south-east of Gladstone and 10 km off the Bruce Highway. The settlement has two caravan parks, including a beachfront camping reserve and a small shopping centre. The beach is divided in two by low tide rock flats. The northern half (1432) runs for 800 m between the Canoe Point and Tannum Sands rock flats, with the main southern half (1433) extending for 600 m to the mouth of Wild Cattle Creek (Fig. 4.84). The surf lifesaving club is located in the reserve 200 m north of the creek mouth.The beaches are partially protected from southerly waves by Rodds Peninsula, with waves averaging only 0.5 m, while the tide range can reach 6 m. The waves and tides interact with the sand to form a 50 m wide high tide beach fronted by a 150 m wide low tide bar. South of the camping reserve the bar widens to 300 m as the tidal currents from Wild Cattle Creek maintain a series of ridged sand flats (Fig. 4.85). The surf lifesaving club is located right at the apex of the bar and shoals, resulting in a wide surf zone at high tide south of the club house.

Swimming

A relatively safe beach, particularly at high tide. However, south-east Trades will generate a sweep up the beach and care must be taken near the mouth of Wild Cattle Creek, especially on a falling tide when strong tidal currents flow seaward. Also watch out for the rocks in the centre and northern part of the beach, and for children wandering out across the wide, southern ridged sand flats.

Surfing

Tannum Sands receives waves up to 1 m during a strong south-easterly and can produce rideable beach and reef breaks, which are best at mid tide.

Fishing

The southern creek mouth and northern rocks are the best locations.

General

A popular beach with locals and summer holiday-makers, with a good range of facilities, including an excellent beachfront reserve.

Location

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area Formal parking area
  • Drinking water Drinking water
  • Toilets Toilets
  • Camping Camping
  • Caravan park Caravan park

Regulation Symbols

    SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.

    Last updated: 14/05/2009 20:09:25

     

    PATROL INFORMATION

    There is no beach service this week.

    STATISTICS

    July 2015 - June 2016

    Rescues:
    8
    First Aids:
    55
    Preventative Actions:
    438

    The following organisations contribute to the above totals: Tannum Sands SLSC Tannum Sands Beach (Lifeguards)

    Hazards

    • Bluebottles Bluebottles
    • Marine Stingers Marine Stingers
    • Strong Currents Strong Currents
    • Submerged Objects Submerged Objects

    Service Providers

    SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.

    WEATHER

    Sat, 25 Jun 10:00 pm

    GLADSTONE RADAR (10 km)


    Clear.
    15.10 °C
    SSW/9 km/h
    Wind

    Weather information
    SatSunMonTueWedThu
    21° 10° 22° 22° 12° 21° 23° 24° 11°

    WATER

    22

    Issued at Sat, 25 Jun 14:02

    SWELL FORECAST

    Saturday
    Sunday
    Monday
    Tuesday
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • SSW
      13 km/h
      0.4m
    • SSE
      10 km/h
      0.4m
    • SSE
      10 km/h
      0.7m
    • ESE
      8 km/h
      0.3m
    • SSW
      5 km/h
      0.2m
    • SW
      11 km/h
      0.7m
    • SSW
      12 km/h
      0.6m
    • SSW
      10 km/h
      0.5m

    Tannum Sands issued at Fri, 24 Jun 18:56

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    Today's Swell Description
    Wind:
    South to southwesterly 20 to 25 knots decreasing to 15 to 20 knots in the middle of the day, then tending south to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon.
    Swell:
    Southerly around 1 metre offshore southern waters.
    Seas:
    1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the afternoon.
    Weather:
    Sunny.

    UV INDEX

    5



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    TODAY'S TIDE

    • low
      06:24
      0.75m
    • high
      12:21
      2.67m
    • low
      18:07
      0.87m

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    Gatcombe Head issued at Sat, 25 Jun 22:20

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    TODAY'S RADAR

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