Kawana Waters - Beach in Warana Sunshine Coast QLD - SLS Beachsafe

Kawana Waters QLD

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Kawana Beach is the main recreational section of the 9 km long beach that runs due south from Point Cartwright to Curmmundi Creek mouth. The main Noosa-Caloundra Road runs between 1 and 2 km west of the beach. There are six settlements/sections along the beach. The northern end of the... Read more

Kawana Beach is the main recreational section of the 9 km long beach that runs due south from Point Cartwright to Curmmundi Creek mouth. The main Noosa-Caloundra Road runs between 1 and 2 km west of the beach. There are six settlements/sections along the beach. The northern end of the beach, called Point Cartwright Beach (1549A) is backed by high rise apartments. This type of development continues south, with the addition of residential and holiday houses and canal estates developed in the 1970's along Buddina (1549B), Kawana (1549C) and Warana (1549D) Beaches. These settlements all parallel the beach, with a densely vegetated foreshore reserve separating them from the beach. South of Warana, the housing development continues at Bokarina (1549E), with only the southern 1 km bordering Wurtulla Beach (1549F) down to Curmmundi Creek likely to remain natural, as an environmental park.The beach faces due east and receives waves that average 1.5 m for much of its length, decreasing slightly toward the creek mouth. These waves maintain a 200 m wide double bar system, with the inner bar usually attached to the beach and cut by rips every 250 to 300 m during and following higher waves. A continuous deep trough parallels the inner bar, with the outer bar cut by more widely spaced rips. There is also a strong permanent rip running out against Point Cartwright and tidal shoals and occasional deep channels at Curmmundi Creek mouth, particularly when the creek is open.The beachfront drive makes a detour at Kawana around the Kawana Waters Surf Life Saving Club, which was established, along with the development, in 1980. The club house is backed by a broad, grassy reserve and a large parking area. The main shopping area is also just behind the beach.

Swimming

This is a potentially hazardous beach containing up to 35 rips. The safest place to swim is at Kawana, in the patrolled area. Keep an eye out for the rips and stay on the inner portion of the attached bars. Be careful if swimming near Point Cartwright, owing to the strong rip, or near the creek mouth where tidal currents can be very strong.

Surfing

There are numerous beach breaks along the entire beach. They work best in a moderate swell at high tide.

Fishing

A popular beach for beach fishing either into the rip holes, when present, or casting out into the deep longshore trough. There is also rock fishing off Point Cartwright and at the creek mouth when open.

General

A long beach backed by a ribbon of housing development. The beachfront remains in a natural state, with good access points along most of the beach. However the safest swimming is in the area patrolled by the Kawana Waters Surf Life Saving Club.

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Austrailan Lifeguard Service

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Kawana Waters SLSC

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Australian Lifeguard Service

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Information

About

Warana, QLD 4575

Includes beaches:
Point Cartwright, Buddina, Kawana, Warana, Bokarina, Wurtulla

Length:
9km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
6/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Beach Key:
 qld1549

Nearby beaches

Hazards

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

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • Drinking water
  • Toilets
  • Camping

Weather

Tuesday 24, Oct 3:09 pm

Day 25°    Night 16°
23.7°C
Mostly sunny

Water Temperature  22°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Variable below 10 knots, tending east to northeasterly about 10 knots during the afternoon.
Swell: Easterly around 1 metre.
Seas: Below 1 metre.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 70% chance of showers. Possible thunderstorms in the morning.

Tide

10 am
1.60m
3 am
0.31m
10 pm
1.19m
5 pm
0.53m

UV

Index: 10 (Very High)

Sun protection recommended from 7:40 am to 3:00 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Wednesday 25, Oct

Day 28°    Night 16°
Sunny

Swell


Wind


Wind: Variable about 10 knots becoming northerly 15 to 20 knots in the middle of the day.
Swell: Easterly below 1 metre.
Seas: Below 1 metre, increasing to around 1 metre during the afternoon, then increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres by early evening.
Weather: Sunny.

Tide

11 am
1.54m
4 am
0.39m
11 pm
1.11m
5 pm
0.59m

UV

Index: 11 (Extreme)

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


Weather

Tue 24, Oct to Tue 31, Oct


Swell


Wind


Wind: North to northwesterly 15 to 25 knots.
Swell: Easterly below 1 metre.
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the morning.
Weather: Mostly sunny. 40% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon and evening.

Tide


UV

Tue 24th 10 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 7:50 am to 3:00 pm
Wed 25th 11 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 7:40 am to 3:10 pm
Thu 26th 11 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 7:40 am to 3:00 pm
Fri 27th 10 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 7:40 am to 3:00 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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