Coolangatta-greenmount - Beach in Coolangatta Gold Coast QLD - SLS Beachsafe

Coolangatta-greenmount QLD

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... Read more

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.

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Unpatrolled Unpatrolled Change Day

Gold Coast City Council Lifeguard Service

Mon

22/05

Tue

23/05

Wed

24/05

Thu

25/05

Fri

26/05

Sat

27/05

Sun

28/05

08:00 - 17:00

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08:00 - 17:00

Tower 03 - Coolangatta Lifeguards

Mon

22/05

Tue

23/05

Wed

24/05

Thu

25/05

Fri

26/05

Sat

27/05

Sun

28/05

08:00 - 17:00

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Tweed Heads Coolangatta SLSC

Coolangatta SLSC

Information

About

Coolangatta, QLD 4225

Includes beaches:
Coolangatta, Greenmount

Length:
0.8km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
5/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Beach Key:
 qld1599

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Bluebottles
    Bluebottles
  • Topographic rips
    Topographic rips
  • Strong Currents
    Strong Currents

Information Symbols

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

Weather

Sunday 28, May 11:04 am

Day 24°    Night 14°
22.1°C
Mostly sunny

Water Temperature  24°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: North to northwesterly about 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots in the early afternoon and reaching up to 20 knots in the late evening.
Swell: Easterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore.
Seas: Around 1 metre.
Weather: Mostly sunny. 60% chance of showers offshore, 30% chance elsewhere. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Tide

10 am
1.32m
4 am
0.30m
10 pm
1.87m
3 pm
0.28m

UV

Index: 4 (Moderate)

Sun protection recommended from 10:00 am to 1:40 pm


Radar

128 km

radar helper

Weather

Monday 29, May

Day 24°    Night 14°
Sunny

Swell


Wind


Wind: Northwesterly 15 to 20 knots tending westerly early in the morning then becoming variable about 10 knots in the middle of the day.
Swell: Easterly around 1 metre.
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 40% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm offshore in the morning.

Tide

11 am
1.26m
5 am
0.35m
11 pm
1.79m
4 pm
0.37m

UV

Index: 5 (Moderate)

Sun protection recommended from 9:50 am to 1:50 pm


Weather

Sun 28, May to Sun 04, Jun


Swell


Wind


Wind: Southeast to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots becoming variable about 10 knots during the morning then becoming westerly 10 to 15 knots during the evening.
Swell: Southerly around 1 metre offshore. 2nd
Seas: Below 1 metre. 1st
Weather: Partly cloudy. 40% chance of showers.

Tide


UV

Sun 28th 5 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 9:50 am to 1:50 pm
Mon 29th 5 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 9:50 am to 1:50 pm
Tue 30th 4 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 10:00 am to 1:40 pm
Wed 31st 4 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 10:00 am to 1:40 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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