Flagstaff/duranbah - Beach in Coolangatta Gold Coast QLD - SLS Beachsafe

Flagstaff/duranbah QLD

Duranbah Beach (NSW 1, also called Flagstaff Beach) is the most northern beach in NSW. The 500 m long beach faces east and is located between the northern 400 m long entrance wall of the Tweed River mouth (Figure 4.3) and the 30 m high black basalt slopes of Point... Read more

Duranbah Beach (NSW 1, also called Flagstaff Beach) is the most northern beach in NSW. The 500 m long beach faces east and is located between the northern 400 m long entrance wall of the Tweed River mouth (Figure 4.3) and the 30 m high black basalt slopes of Point Danger, which marks the Queensland-NSW border. Prior to the commencement of construction of the initial northern Tweed River training wall in 1900, the beach was part of an unstable sandy river entrance. The wall has defined and stablised the beach, which is now backed by a low fenced grassy foredune and backing car park and a road running the length of the beach to the old quarry site below Point Danger. The northern section of road is protected by a seawall, fronted by basalt boulders towards the point.The beach is composed of fine sand and exposed to waves averaging 1.5 m, which combine to produce a low gradient beach up to 100 m wide, with an attached bar, usually cut by rips against the rocks at either end and a more mobile central rip. In addition the Tweed River flows seaward of the entrance walls and produces an extensive entrance bar and river channel.

Swimming

Duranbah is a potentially hazardous beach owing to the persistent rips, including the permanent northern and southern rips and the river mouth sand bars, the channel and strong tidal currents. Its beach breaks are popular with surfers, however swimmers should exercise caution and only enter the surf between the flags during patrol hours.

Surfing

This beach is exposed to most swell resulting in consistent and very popular with peaky beach breaks and right handers off the north entrance wall during larger swell. It is regularly used for surfing contests. However, beware of sharks near the river entrance.

Fishing

Rock fishing is popular off Point Danger and North Wall, which also gives access to the Tweed River, while the beach has persistent, but shifting gutters. Point Danger is best known for bream, tailor, Spanish mackerel and cobia.

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Flagstaff (Duranbah) (Lifeguards)

Information

About

Coolangatta, QLD 4225

Length:
0.63km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
7/10 (Highly hazardous)

Beach Key:
 nsw001

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Sharks
    Sharks
  • Bluebottles
    Bluebottles
  • Chironex
    Chironex
  • Heavy shorebreak
    Heavy shorebreak
  • Strong Currents
    Strong Currents

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • Public phone
  • Kiosk
  • Playground
  • Shade
  • Shelters
  • Toilets
  • Shops
  • Park
  • BBQ
  • Picnic
  • Drinking water
  • Bus
  • Jetty

Regulation Symbols

  • Do Not Drink the Water
  • Water Skiing Prohibited
  • Bodyboards Prohibited
  • No Entry

Weather

Sunday 21, Oct 1:36 pm

Day 27°    Night 18°
25.2°C
Showers increasing

Water Temperature  23°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Northwest to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots, reaching up to 20 knots offshore during the morning.
Swell: Easterly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore south of Point Lookout during the morning.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 60% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm in the late afternoon and evening.

Tide

7 am
1.21m
12 am
0.33m
7 pm
1.41m
12 pm
0.42m

UV

Index: 10 (Very High)

Sun protection recommended from 7:40 am to 3:10 pm


Radar

128 km

radar helper

Weather

Monday 22, Oct

Day 27°    Night 19°
Shower or two

Swell


Wind


Wind: Northerly 10 to 15 knots turning east to northeasterly 10 knots before dawn.
Swell: Easterly around 1 metre inshore, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore.
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the morning.
Weather: Partly cloudy. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Tide

7 am
1.29m
1 am
0.27m
7 pm
1.43m
1 pm
0.36m

UV

Index: 10 (Very High)

Sun protection recommended from 7:50 am to 3:10 pm


Weather

Sun 21, Oct to Sun 28, Oct


Swell


Wind


Wind: Northeasterly about 10 knots.
Swell: Easterly around 1 metre.
Seas: Below 1 metre.
Weather: Mostly sunny. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Tide


UV

Sun 21st 10 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 7:50 am to 3:10 pm
Mon 22nd 10 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 7:50 am to 3:10 pm
Tue 23rd 10 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 7:40 am to 3:10 pm
Wed 24th 10 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 7:40 am to 3:10 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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