King tides to hit the coast
SURF lifesavers are warning people not to swim in the mouths of creeks and rivers this weekend with the biggest king tides in nine years due to hit the coast.
Tides are predicted to reach 3.57m at 8.38am today, and to peak at 3.6m at 9.22am tomorrow.
They will then start falling off, with a high of 3.52m on Monday and 3.33m on Tuesday.
Surf Life Saving Queensland Wide Bay Capricorn regional manager Craig Holden said there were some big seas coming in this weekend.
“It’s going to keep us on our toes,” he said.
Mr Holden said the forecast was for moderate to strong northerly winds, which should mean the surf would get choppy and a bit messy.
But the main concern was when the tide turned.
“That’s when you get a lot of water moving, and that’s when you get rips,” he said.
With the Gold and Sunshine coasts preparing for severe beach erosion this weekend, Mr Holden said that should not present much of a problem in the Bundaberg district.
“Moore Park was the beach that was worst affected by Cyclone Hamish last year; it took a bit of a battering,” he said.
“I would be pretty concerned if more trees fall into the sea. It would mean a fair bit of debris floating out there.”
Mr Holden repeated lifesavers’ constant advice to swim at patrolled beaches and between the flags this weekend.