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Surfers Paradise

Beach PATROLLED PATROLLED TODAY
Beach Number:
qld1591C
Includes Beaches:
the spit-miami the spit southport northcliffe broadbeach kurrawa mermaid beach nobby's beach miami beach
State/Region:
QLD Gold Coast
Post Code:
4217
Length:
0km
General Beach Hazard Rating:
6/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Nearby Beaches:
the spit-miami  (0.5km) northcliffe  (0.7km) broadbeach  (1.4km) southport  (1.5km) kurrawa  (2.2km)

Beach

Surfers Paradise beach (1591C) is Queensland's best known beach. A lifesaving reel was placed on the beach in 1921 and the Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club founded in 1924. Today it lies at the heart of the Gold Coast tourist trade and is frequently visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists from around the world. This 2 km section of beach is backed by a fenced foredune, with numerous access tracks, The Esplanade and the most highly developed section of the Australian coast. The surf club (Fig. 4.143) and three lifeguard towers watch over this rip dominated beach.

Swimming

The eight surf lifesaving clubs and sixteen lifeguard towers attest to the potential hazards along this long beach. Rips are present whenever waves are breaking and deep rip channels may run out from the shoreline. Swim only in patrolled areas and avoid the rip holes and outer trough. Stay close inshore and on the attached portion of the bar.

Surfing

Beach breaks extend the full length of the beach. Conditions are best on the outer bar, with a moderate swell and offshore winds. The Nerang entrance wall can produce some better quality bars and breaks. There are plans for Queensland's first surfing reef on the beach at Narrow Neck.

Fishing

Beach fishing is a very popular pastime along the length of the beach, with conditions best when there are rips across the inner bar. The Nerang jetty and entrance wall are very popular spots to fish the channel or surf.

General

This is undoubtedly Australia's most heavily developed and utilised beach. It offers a huge range of accommodation, attractions and facilities, together with the surf lifesaving clubs and lifeguard towers, as well as 16 km of beautiful beach and surf. However the surf is hazardous, so be careful as to when and where you swim.

Location

Information Symbols

  • Toilets Toilets
  • Disabled Toilets Disabled Toilets
  • Showers Showers
  • Kiosk Kiosk
  • Shops Shops
  • Shade Shade
  • Cafe Cafe
  • Public phone Public phone
  • Park Park
  • Bike path Bike path
  • Natural shade Natural shade
  • Mobile Phone Coverage Mobile Phone Coverage
  • Bus Bus
  • Seawall Seawall

Regulation Symbols

  • Bicycles Allowed Bicycles Allowed
  • No Littering No Littering
  • No Vehicles No Vehicles
  • No Cats or Dogs No Cats or Dogs
  • No Model Planes No Model Planes
  • No Naked Flames No Naked Flames
  • Camping Prohibited Camping Prohibited
  • No Dogs Allowed No Dogs Allowed
  • No Parking No Parking
  • Dog Litter Must be Picked Up Dog Litter Must be Picked Up
  • No Firearms No Firearms
  • No Spear Fishing No Spear Fishing
  • No Horses No Horses
  • No Trailbikes No Trailbikes

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: 18/09/2015 21:17:40

 

PATROL INFORMATION

Patrol Information
  Mon 02/05 Tue 03/05 Wed 04/05 Thu 05/05 Fri 06/05 Sat 07/05 Sun 08/05
Tower 36 - Staghorn Avenue Lifeguards
08:00
-
17:00
08:00
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17:00
08:00
-
17:00
08:00
-
17:00
08:00
-
17:00
08:00
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17:00
08:00
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17:00
Tower 35 - Elkhorn Avenue Lifeguards
08:00
-
17:00
08:00
-
17:00
08:00
-
17:00
08:00
-
17:00
08:00
-
17:00
08:00
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17:00
08:00
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17:00
Tower 34 - Surfers Paradise Beach Lifeguards
08:00
-
17:00
08:00
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17:00
08:00
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17:00
08:00
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17:00
08:00
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17:00
08:00
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17:00
08:00
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17:00
Tower 33 - Clifford Street (Lifeguards)
08:00
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17:00
08:00
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17:00
08:00
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17:00
08:00
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17:00
08:00
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17:00
08:00
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17:00
08:00
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17:00

STATISTICS

July 2015 - June 2016

Rescues:
91
First Aids:
131
Preventative Actions:
25496

The following organisations contribute to the above totals: Surfers Paradise SLSC Tower 36 - Staghorn Avenue Lifeguards Tower 35 - Elkhorn Avenue Lifeguards Tower 34 - Surfers Paradise Beach Lifeguards Tower 33 - Clifford Street (Lifeguards)

Hazards

  • Bluebottles Bluebottles
  • Littoral currents Littoral currents
  • Fixed rips Fixed rips
  • Flash rips Flash rips
  • Travelling rips Travelling rips
  • Long beach Long beach
  • Heavy shorebreak Heavy shorebreak
  • High surf High surf
  • Large unexpected waves Large unexpected waves
  • Gutters Gutters
  • Strong Currents Strong Currents

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, 07 May 10:00 am

GOLD CST SEAWAY (4 km)


Partly cloudy.
25.10 °C
SSE/19 km/h
Wind

Weather information
SatSunMonTueWedThu
27° 16° 27° 17° 28° 18° 29° 20° 25° 15° 26° 15°

WATER

24

Issued at Fri, 06 May 14:21

SWELL FORECAST

Saturday
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
  • AM
  • PM
  • AM
  • PM
  • AM
  • PM
  • AM
  • PM
  • S
    12 km/h
    1.1m
  • SE
    20 km/h
    1.2m
  • S
    14 km/h
    0.8m
  • SSE
    10 km/h
    0.7m
  • WNW
    10 km/h
    0.8m
  • SSW
    18 km/h
    1.1m
  • NW
    15 km/h
    0.9m
  • W
    16 km/h
    0.7m

Gold Coast issued at Fri, 06 May 23:53

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Today's Swell Description
Wind:
Southeasterly 10 to 15 knots.
Swell:
Easterly around 1 metre.
Seas:
Around 1 metre.
Weather:
Mostly sunny. 20% chance of a shower offshore, near zero chance elsewhere.

UV INDEX

6



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TODAY'S TIDE

  • low
    02:39
    0.16m
  • high
    08:29
    1.53m
  • low
    14:38
    0.06m
  • high
    21:00
    1.90m

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Gold Coast Operations Base issued at Sat, 07 May 10:31

WARNINGS

TODAY'S RADAR

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