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Kawana Waters

Beach PATROLLED PATROLLED TODAY
Beach Number:
qld1549
Includes Beaches:
point cartwright buddina kawana warana bokarina wurtulla
State/Region:
QLD Caloundra
Post Code:
4575
Length:
9km
General Beach Hazard Rating:
6/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Nearby Beaches:
currmundi  (3.1km) mooloolaba  (3.1km) point cartwright  (3.3km) alexandra head  (3.7km) dicky  (3.8km)

Beach Status

OPEN

Beach

Kawana Beach is the main recreational section of the 9 km long beach that runs due south from Point Cartwright to Curmmundi Creek mouth. The main Noosa-Caloundra Road runs between 1 and 2 km west of the beach. There are six settlements/sections along the beach. The northern end of the beach, called Point Cartwright Beach (1549A) is backed by high rise apartments. This type of development continues south, with the addition of residential and holiday houses and canal estates developed in the 1970's along Buddina (1549B), Kawana (1549C) and Warana (1549D) Beaches. These settlements all parallel the beach, with a densely vegetated foreshore reserve separating them from the beach. South of Warana, the housing development continues at Bokarina (1549E), with only the southern 1 km bordering Wurtulla Beach (1549F) down to Curmmundi Creek likely to remain natural, as an environmental park.The beach faces due east and receives waves that average 1.5 m for much of its length, decreasing slightly toward the creek mouth. These waves maintain a 200 m wide double bar system, with the inner bar usually attached to the beach and cut by rips every 250 to 300 m during and following higher waves. A continuous deep trough parallels the inner bar, with the outer bar cut by more widely spaced rips. There is also a strong permanent rip running out against Point Cartwright and tidal shoals and occasional deep channels at Curmmundi Creek mouth, particularly when the creek is open.The beachfront drive makes a detour at Kawana around the Kawana Waters Surf Life Saving Club, which was established, along with the development, in 1980. The club house is backed by a broad, grassy reserve and a large parking area. The main shopping area is also just behind the beach.

Swimming

This is a potentially hazardous beach containing up to 35 rips. The safest place to swim is at Kawana, in the patrolled area. Keep an eye out for the rips and stay on the inner portion of the attached bars. Be careful if swimming near Point Cartwright, owing to the strong rip, or near the creek mouth where tidal currents can be very strong.

Surfing

There are numerous beach breaks along the entire beach. They work best in a moderate swell at high tide.

Fishing

A popular beach for beach fishing either into the rip holes, when present, or casting out into the deep longshore trough. There is also rock fishing off Point Cartwright and at the creek mouth when open.

General

A long beach backed by a ribbon of housing development. The beachfront remains in a natural state, with good access points along most of the beach. However the safest swimming is in the area patrolled by the Kawana Waters Surf Life Saving Club.

Location

Information Symbols

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

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: 21/05/2009 20:49:07

     

    PATROL INFORMATION

    Patrol Information
      Mon 27/06 Tue 28/06 Wed 29/06 Thu 30/06 Fri 01/07 Sat 02/07 Sun 03/07
    Australian Lifeguard Service
    07:30
    -
    16:30
    07:30
    -
    16:30
    07:30
    -
    16:30
    07:30
    -
    16:30
    07:30
    -
    16:30
    07:30
    -
    16:30
    07:30
    -
    16:30

    STATISTICS

    July 2015 - June 2016

    Rescues:
    48
    First Aids:
    399
    Preventative Actions:
    10199

    The following organisations contribute to the above totals: Austrailan Lifeguard Service Kawana Waters SLSC Australian Lifeguard Service

    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

    Mon, 27 Jun 02:30 pm

    SUNSHINE COAST (9 km)


    Light shower or two.
    19.50 °C
    WNW/17 km/h
    Wind

    Weather information
    MonTueWedThuFriSat
    16° 18° 21° 22° 22° 19°

    WATER

    21

    Issued at Sun, 26 Jun 14:03

    SWELL FORECAST

    Monday
    Tuesday
    Wednesday
    Thursday
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • WNW
      10 km/h
      0.6m
    • SW
      18 km/h
      0.9m
    • SW
      20 km/h
      1.3m
    • SW
      18 km/h
      1m
    • SW
      16 km/h
      1.3m
    • S
      10 km/h
      1m
    • SW
      12 km/h
      0.8m
    • SSW
      8 km/h
      0.4m

    Caloundra issued at Sun, 26 Jun 21:27

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    Today's Swell Description
    Wind:
    North to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots shifting southwesterly 15 to 25 knots in the early afternoon. Reaching up to 30 knots offshore in the evening.
    Swell:
    Southerly 1.5 to 2 metres offshore, decreasing to 1.5 metres around midday. 2nd
    Seas:
    Below 1 metre, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the afternoon. 1st
    Weather:
    Cloudy. 90% chance of rain.

    UV INDEX

    5



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    TODAY'S TIDE

    • high
      00:41
      1.70m
    • low
      07:28
      0.43m
    • high
      13:30
      1.39m
    • low
      19:15
      0.60m

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    Mooloolaba issued at Mon, 27 Jun 15:52

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    TODAY'S RADAR

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