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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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 19, Feb 10:45 pm

Day 31°    Night 23°
22.7°C
Showers. Possible gusty storm

Water Temperature  27°C


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Wind


Wind: Northerly 15 to 20 knots.
Swell: Easterly around 1 metre.
Seas: 1.5 to 2 metres.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 80% chance of showers inshore, 60% chance elsewhere. The chance of thunderstorms.

Tide

3 am
1.24m
9 am
0.74m
3 pm
1.08m
9 pm
0.58m

UV

Index: 14 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 8:10 am to 4:00 pm


Radar

128 km

radar helper

Weather

Monday 20, Feb

Day 30°    Night 22°
Early shower or two

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Wind: Northwest to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots tending southeast to southwesterly in the morning then tending east to southeasterly 15 to 20 knots in the late afternoon.
Swell: Easterly below 1 metre.
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning, then increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres by early evening.
Weather: 70% chance of showers in the early morning. The chance of a thunderstorm in the morning. Sunny afternoon.

Tide

4 am
1.27m
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10 pm
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Index: 14 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 8:10 am to 4:00 pm


Weather

Sun 19, Feb to Sun 26, Feb


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Wind: Easterly 10 to 15 knots tending southeasterly 15 to 20 knots during the morning.
Swell: Easterly around 1 metre.
Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon or evening.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 30% chance of a shower.

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Sun 19th 15 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:10 am to 4:10 pm
Mon 20th 14 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:10 am to 4:00 pm
Tue 21st 14 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:10 am to 4:10 pm
Wed 22nd 14 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:10 am to 4:00 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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