South Passage - Beach in Kooringal Brisbane QLD - SLS Beachsafe

South Passage QLD

South Passage is one of the two main connections between Moreton Bay and the ocean and each day, massive volumes of water flow through the 3 km wide passage. On the bay side the currents have built a 150 km2 flood tidal delta, while on the ocean side the impact... Read more

South Passage is one of the two main connections between Moreton Bay and the ocean and each day, massive volumes of water flow through the 3 km wide passage. On the bay side the currents have built a 150 km2 flood tidal delta, while on the ocean side the impact of the waves has reduced the ebb tidal delta to 50 km2. These still extensive ebb tidal shoals and the 7 km long channel have a tremendous impact on the southern end of the island. First the waves must break over the shoals and fight the currents, substantially reducing their height at the beach; and second, movement in the position of the shoals and channel result in realignment of the beach shoreline, at times building out hundreds of metres and impounding backing lagoons, at other times being cut back to the dunes. Consequently, the 6 km long South Passage Beach (MOR6), while relatively low wave energy, is very dynamic over a period of years to decades and is always paralleled by strong tidal currents. The beach ends at Reeders Point, the southern tip of the island. On the western side of the point begin the protected, low energy bay beaches.

Swimming

A low wave energy, but potentially hazardous beach owing to the deep channel and strong tidal currents. Best not to swim off the beach.

Surfing

Usually none.

Fishing

Most popular with boat fishers, but you can also fish the inner channel from the shore.

General

The dynamic southern end of the island.

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Unpatrolled Unpatrolled Change Day

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Information

About

Kooringal, QLD 4025

Includes beaches:
Honeymoon Bay, Tallallebela, Cape Moreton (west 2), Cape Moreton (west 1), Braydon-sovereign, Braydon, Spitfire, Warrajamra, Eager, Jason, Gonzales, Toompawi, Sovereign, Mays Hole, Kooringal, Koonungai

Length:
6km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
3/10 (Least hazardous)

Beach Key:
 qldMOR06

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Hazards

  • Bluebottles
    Bluebottles

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.

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