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Tannum Sands

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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.

Parking

Type:
Formal parking area
Spaces:
200

Location

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  • Drinking water Drinking water
  • Toilets Toilets
  • Toilets Toilets
  • Camping Camping
  • Caravan park Caravan park
  • Parking Parking

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.

 

PATROL INFORMATION

No Service: Beach not patrolled out of season There are currently no services provided by Surf Life Saving Australia for this beach. Please take the time to browse the Surf Education section of this website to learn more about staying safe when swimming at Australian beaches. Click here to visit general surf education information.

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STATISTICS

July 2015 - June 2016

Rescues:
6
First Aids:
15
Preventative Actions:
280

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

Hazards

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

Today 20° ENE/13.00 km/h

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GLADSTONE RADAR (10 km) issued at Sat 29 Aug 19:00

WATER

22

Issued at Sat, August 29 14:06

SWELL FORECAST

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  • ENE
    0.4 m
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    0.4 m
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    0.4 m
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    0.4 m
  • ENE
    0.3 m

issued at Sat, August 29 16:42

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UV INDEX

8

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TODAY'S TIDE

  • Low
    02:46
    0.31m
  • High
    08:42
    3.86m
  • Low
    14:48
    0.28m
  • High
    21:03
    4.51m
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Gladstone issued at Sat, August 29 00:00

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