KING TIDE: Rainbow Beach lifeguard Lleam Rees has a lonely walk along a water-logged Rainbow Beach yesterday.
KING TIDE: Rainbow Beach lifeguard Lleam Rees has a lonely walk along a water-logged Rainbow Beach yesterday. Craig Warhurst

King of a tide hits Cooloola

YESTERDAY’S king tides and the wild weather left over from tropical cyclone Olga have had only minor impact on the sand dunes at Rainbow Beach.

Sunday’s king tide had taken some of the sand build-up on Rainbow Beach back out to sea, but had spared the beach the major erosion that was seen this time last year when the surf tower was undermined and large chunks of sand dune were washed away.

Yesterday morning’s high tide saw water wash up around the tower and beach entry points.

Rainbow Beach lifeguard Lleam Rees said the beach had held up fairly well so far, but warned the worst might be still to come with wave heights on the ocean expected to increase until Thursday.

“It is the highest daytime tide we have had,” Mr Rees said.

“The swells are currently three to five foot (one to 1.5 metres) and surging to six to seven foot (two to-2.5m).

“The the beach is holding up really well.”

The lifeguard had closed the patrolled beach yesterday, saying rips and a major sweep made bathing conditions too dangerous for swimmers.

He said the beach may stay closed for the next couple of days, depending on conditions.

The weather conditions may not be good for any remaining holiday-makers on the Cooloola Coast, but there is a silver lining for surfers who have had to endure a summer without swell.

Many surfers have called this season the ‘endless bummer’ rather than the normal ‘endless summer’ after mediocre surfing conditions have kept most experienced surfers indoors.

With the swell set to increase until Thursday, there may be some good waves on the Cooloola Coast if the winds drop off.

The swell outlook for to Thursday is for a mix of short period easterly swell and better quality, longer period east south easterly swell to 1.5m with a stronger easterly groundswell filling in during the day to two metres.

Gympie Times


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