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Coolangatta-Greenmount

Beach PATROLLED PATROLLED TODAY
Beach Number:
qld1599
Includes Beaches:
coolangatta greenmount
State/Region:
QLD Coolangatta
Post Code:
4225
Length:
0.8km
General Beach Hazard Rating:
5/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Nearby Beaches:
rainbow bay  (0.4km) kirra  (0.5km) snapper rocks  (0.6km) flagstaff/duranbah  (0.7km) letitia spit  (1.8km)

Beach

Coolangatta-Greenmount Beach is an 800 m long, north facing beach wedged in between the Greenmount groyne, that extends for 200 m off Kirra Point, and the prominent, 30 m high Greenmount Hill (Fig. 4.168). The beach derives its name from the green hill and the wreck of a ship named Coolangatta, which was named after Mount Coolangatta on the Shoalhaven River in New South Wales, where the ship was built. The Gold Coast Highway skirts the western end of the beach and Marine Parade runs the length of the beach, with a seawall protecting the road from episodic erosion.While the beach faces north and is partially protected by Point Danger from the prevailing southerly swell, it remains a very dynamic beach. This is as a result of large pulses of sand that move from New South Wales across the Tweed River mouth and around Point Danger. They manifest themselves as large sand waves moving slowly around Greenmount over a period of weeks to months and finally attaching themselves to Greenmount, before moving on eventually around the groyne and on past Kirra to North Kirra Beach. Depending on the size, shape and degree of progress along the beach, bar, surf and rip conditions can vary considerably.Typically the beach has an attached inner bar, possibly cut by rip channels, with a deeper trough paralleling the beach and an outer bar/sand wave further out. There is often shallow sand around the base of Greenmount and a strong permanent rip against the Greenmount groyne. Waves average 0.5 to 1 m, usually being higher at the western Coolangatta end.

Swimming

This is a moderately safe beach owing to the usually low waves. However, even under low wave conditions, deep rip channels and troughs occur along the beach and are intensified when waves exceed 1 m. The safest swimming is in the two patrolled areas and clear of the Greenmount groyne.

Surfing

The best surfing is off Greenmount Hill. When the bars are right, it produces a long, easy right-hander. There can also be good beach breaks over the inner and outer bars, with conditions depending on the bar shape.

Fishing

There are usually good holes and gutters along the beach, plus the Greenmount groyne and rock fishing off the rock around Greenmount Hill.

General

This is a heavily developed and somewhat modified beach since the construction of the groyne. It is continually changing as sand waves move through and past the beach, making it an interesting beach to observe. It has all the usual tourist facilities in backing Coolangatta plus the added safety of usually low waves and two surf lifesaving clubs and lifeguard towers.

Location

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area Formal parking area
  • Drinking water Drinking water
  • Toilets Toilets
  • Seawall Seawall
  • Groyne Groyne

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: 26/05/2009 19:44:41

     

    PATROL INFORMATION

    Patrol Information
      Mon 23/05 Tue 24/05 Wed 25/05 Thu 26/05 Fri 27/05 Sat 28/05 Sun 29/05
    Gold Coast City Council Lifeguard Service
    08:00
    -
    17:00
    08:00
    -
    17:00
    08:00
    -
    17:00
    08:00
    -
    17:00
    08:00
    -
    17:00
    08:00
    -
    17:00
    08:00
    -
    17:00
    Tower 03 - Coolangatta Lifeguards
    08:00
    -
    17:00
    08:00
    -
    17:00
    08:00
    -
    17:00
    08:00
    -
    17:00
    08:00
    -
    17:00
    08:00
    -
    17:00
    08:00
    -
    17:00

    STATISTICS

    July 2015 - June 2016

    Rescues:
    31
    First Aids:
    177
    Preventative Actions:
    1352

    The following organisations contribute to the above totals: Tweed Heads Coolangatta SLSC Gold Coast City Council Lifeguard Service Coolangatta SLSC Tower 03 - Coolangatta 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

    Thu, 26 May 10:00 pm

    COOLANGATTA (2 km)


    Possible shower.
    22.60 °C
    NNW/13 km/h
    Wind

    Weather information
    ThuFriSatSunMonTue
    25° 16° 24° 17° 23° 14° 21° 13° 21° 13° 22° 14°

    WATER

    25

    Issued at Thu, 26 May 14:07

    SWELL FORECAST

    Thursday
    Friday
    Saturday
    Sunday
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • NW
      23 km/h
      1.5m
    • NNW
      17 km/h
      1.3m
    • WNW
      25 km/h
      0.8m
    • W
      20 km/h
      0.6m
    • W
      9 km/h
      0.2m
    • WNW
      20 km/h
      0.6m
    • W
      13 km/h
      0.5m
    • S
      12 km/h
      0.4m

    Coolangatta issued at Wed, 25 May 19:51

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    Today's Swell Description
    Wind:
    North to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots early, increasing to 15 to 25 knots during the morning. Winds increasing further to 25 to 30 knots in the evening.
    Swell:
    Southerly 2 to 3 metres offshore, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon. East to southeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres inshore, decreasing to below 1 metre in the afternoon.
    Seas:
    Around 1 metre, increasing to 2 to 2.5 metres during the afternoon.
    Weather:
    Sunny day. 50% chance of showers in the evening. The chance of a thunderstorm offshore in the evening. Caution: Deceptively powerful surf conditions in the morning are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.

    UV INDEX

    4



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    TODAY'S TIDE

    • low
      05:20
      0.51m
    • high
      10:59
      1.18m
    • low
      16:36
      0.51m
    • high
      23:30
      1.59m

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    Tweed Heads issued at Thu, 26 May 22:34

    WARNINGS

    TODAY'S RADAR

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