Beachgoers warned as king tides head for our beaches

WITH the Bundaberg region set to experience king tides in the coming days, beachgoers are being urged to use caution as higher than normal tides and large waves create dangerous swimming conditions.

Bundaberg Mayor Mal Forman said it was important that visitors and residents swim between the flags.

"Lifeguards patrol our beaches for a reason so it's essential that people only swim between the red and yellow flags," Cr Forman said.

Cr Forman said a high pressure system in the Tasman Sea had been pushing strong winds onto the Queensland coast since the weekend, which created larger than average waves and hazardous swimming conditions.

"These winds combined with king tides - which are expected on Friday morning - can cause dangerous conditions in the surf. Big tidal changes can create strong rips, expose rocks and bring floating debris which can act like missiles in the water," he said.

"Our advice is simple and commonsense - play it safe around beaches and waterways this weekend."

Cr Forman said high tides will hang around for a few days after the king tide.

"While we may see some beach erosion across the region as a result of the high tides and waves, we're not anticipating any damage to properties.

"As Bundaberg region residents know, the weather can sometimes be difficult to predict, so those living in coastal areas should pay attention to conditions and act accordingly," he said.

You can stay updated with the latest weather advice, including the potential cyclone in North Queensland, by checking out the BOM's website: www.bom.gov.au.

You can get your family prepared for any disaster by visiting Bundaberg Regional Council's website: www.bundaberg.qld.gov.au/disaster.



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