Tannum Sands - Beach in Tannum Sands Gladstone QLD - SLS Beachsafe

Tannum Sands QLD

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... Read more

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.

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Tannum Sands SLSC

Tannum Sands Beach (Lifeguards)

Information

About

Tannum Sands, QLD 4680

Length:
0.6km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
2/10 (Least hazardous)

Beach Key:
 qld1433

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Bluebottles
    Bluebottles
  • Marine Stingers
    Marine Stingers
  • Strong Currents
    Strong Currents
  • Submerged Objects
    Submerged Objects

Information Symbols

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

Weather

Sunday 28, May 10:59 am

Day 26°    Night 15°
24.1°C
Mostly sunny

Water Temperature  23°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Variable about 10 knots, tending east to northeasterly inshore in the afternoon.
Swell: Easterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore southern waters.
Seas: Below 1 metre.
Weather: Mostly sunny. 20% chance of a shower offshore south of Agnes Water, near zero chance elsewhere.

Tide

10 am
3.03m
4 am
0.38m
11 pm
3.84m
4 pm
0.39m

UV

Index: 6 (High)

Sun protection recommended from 9:40 am to 2:20 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Monday 29, May

Day 27°    Night 15°
Mostly sunny

Swell


Wind


Wind: Variable about 10 knots becoming east to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the evening.
Swell: Easterly around 1 metre.
Seas: Below 1 metre.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 40% chance of showers.

Tide

11 am
2.85m
5 am
0.51m
5 pm
0.59m

UV

Index: 6 (High)

Sun protection recommended from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm


Weather

Sun 28, May to Sun 04, Jun


Swell


Wind


Wind: Easterly 10 to 15 knots turning southeasterly during the morning.
Swell: Easterly around 1 metre.
Seas: Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres north of Agnes Water during the morning.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers.

Tide


UV

Sun 28th 6 (High) Sun protection recommended from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm
Mon 29th 6 (High) Sun protection recommended from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm
Tue 30th 6 (High) Sun protection recommended from 9:40 am to 2:20 pm
Wed 31st 6 (High) Sun protection recommended from 9:40 am to 2:20 pm

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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