Maroochydore

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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.

Swimming

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.

Surfing

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.

Fishing

The river mouth and the headland are the most popular locations, together with beach fishing into the rip holes, when present.

General

A well established, popular beach offering all facilities for tourists and the added safety of two surf lifesaving clubs.

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Beach Patrols Change Day

Maroochydore SLSC

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Australian Lifeguard Service

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TODAY'S UPDATE

Weather
17°C
Water
23°C
UV Rating
9 / 11

Hazards

Bluebottles
Bluebottles
High surf
High surf
Large unexpected waves
Large unexpected waves
Heavy shorebreak
Heavy shorebreak
Gutters
Gutters
Littoral currents
Littoral currents
Fixed rips
Fixed rips
Flash rips
Flash rips
Travelling rips
Travelling rips
Shallow Water
Shallow Water
Shallow Sandbars
Shallow Sandbars
Submerged Objects
Submerged Objects
Winds
Winds
Inlet
Inlet
Beach erosion
Beach erosion
Rocks
Rocks
Slippery rocks
Slippery rocks

Strong Currents

Information Symbols

Formal parking area
Bike path
Caravan park
Shops
Showers
Change Rooms
Mobile Phone Coverage
Toilets Block M/F
Toilets Block Disabled

Regulation Symbols

Camping Prohibited
Dog Litter Must be Picked Up
No Cats or Dogs
No Dogs Allowed
Tuesday, 19 Oct 11:32

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.


Cotton Tree, QLD 4558
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General Hazard Rating: 5/10 (Moderately hazardous)
Beach Key: qld1545
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