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Beaches close as heavy swell pounds coasts


Five Gold Coast beaches are closed as powerful waves pound the south-east Queensland coast from Fraser Island south to the NSW border.

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Beaches have also been closed on the Sunshine Coast and Stradbroke Island due to hazardous conditions.

Gold Coast lifeguards have closed beaches on The Spit, Surfers Paradise and at Mermaid Beach and Nobby Beach due to treacherous, surging conditions from the big easterly swell.

On the Sunshine Coast, Kings Beach, Mudjimba Beach and Main Beach at Noosa were closed along with North Stradbroke Island.

Gold Coast chief lifeguard Chris Maynard said conditions were being monitored throughout the day with swimmers advised to stay out of the water and the waves best left only to experienced surfers.

“It’s definitely a solid swell. It is quite big and clean with some quite amazing waves on the point breaks at Burleigh, Currumbin Alley, Kirra, Greenmount, Rainbow and Snapper,” Maynard said.

“It’s really good swell. What we’ve got at the moment are really world-class waves, particularly at Rainbow. The surfers are out, they’re down there like ants.”

The Bureau of Meteorology issued the warned early Tuesday, predicting significant east to south-easterly swell being caused by a deep low pressure system northeast of New Zealand.

While the BOM said the danger may fall below warning thresholds tonight it was unlikely to subside and was expected to be back to warning levels for the Fraser Island Coast, Sunshine Coast Waters and Gold Coast Water by Thursday evening.

Surf Life Saving Queensland have advised swimmers to stay out of the water and beach-goers avoid walking near surf-exposed areas.

SLSQ also warned rock fishers should avoid coastal rock platforms exposed to the ocean, while boaties planning to cross shallow water and ocean bars should consider changing or delaying their voyage.

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