Maroochydore beach (1545A) is patrolled by the Maroochydore Surf Life Saving Club. This is one of the oldest in Queensland, having been founded on New Years Day in 1916. The club is located at the end of the main street and there is a large car park adjacent to the... Read more
Maroochydore beach (1545A) is patrolled by the Maroochydore Surf Life Saving Club. This is one of the oldest in Queensland, having been founded on New Years Day in 1916. The club is located at the end of the main street and there is a large car park adjacent to the club house, with a fenced foredune backing the beach. Rips are common along the beach, so stay in the patrolled area. The entire beach faces east-north-east and receives waves averaging 1 m at Maroochydore, decreasing slightly toward Alexandra Headland. These produce a single bar along the beach that is cut by rips every 200 m. During and following big seas the bar may detach from the beach, forming a continuous trough that feeds the rips.
While waves are usually 1 m or less, care needs to be taken on these beaches owing to the common presence of rips and the rocks on the headland beach. The northern end of Maroochydore Beach also contains deep tidal channels and shifting bars and is particularly hazardous. Likewise, there is a strong permanent rip against the rocks at the southern end of Alexandra Headland Beach.
The best surfing spot is the break off Alexandra Headland. It works in a moderate to high swell and can provide some good right-handers. There are also beach breaks all the way up to the river mouth.
The river mouth and the headland are the most popular locations, together with beach fishing into the rip holes, when present.
A well established, popular beach offering all facilities for tourists and the added safety of two surf lifesaving clubs.Read less
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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.
General Hazard Rating: 5/10 (Moderately hazardous)
Beach Key: qld1545