Swimming in Ocean at Gold Coast

by Glenis Robinson
(Auckland)

Swimming in ocean at Gold Coast

When can you not swim in the sea at the Gold Coast because of stingers etc?


The Gold Coast occassionally gets stingers during the summer months (December to March approximately), but usually only when there are certain wind and tide conditions where they are blown in and onto the beaches.

Because the Gold Coast has many beaches, this is also unlikely to mean that there are stingers at every beach on the Gold Coast. So you might find that Broadbeach has them, but Coolangatta is fine. So there are usually options if you are prepared to travel a little.

On the rare occassions (from memory maybe a couple of times in a year) that I have known there to be stingers in the water, the surf life savers on the beaches at the patrol areas will let swimmers know and often will close the beach.

That is why it is really important to only swim in the patrolled areas between the flags.

Although, technically*, not impossible for us to have some of the nastier stingers, box jellyfish or irukandji, on the Gold Coast it would be a very rare occurence and most likely due to some odd weather pattern or currents. They like the warmer waters up further north in Queensland.

Sometimes on the Gold Coast you can get sea lice, which are more of an irritation than anything else and seem to be picky about who they target. I can be standing in the water right next to my daughter and she can be jumping around like a kangaroo, whilst I look on wondering what it going on :D ! But then, mozzie's don't tend to bite me either!

I hope that answers your question, if you have any more, please put them in the comments below and I will try to answer them for you.

Cheers

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Footnote


* I have given up saying things can NEVER happen! With the wild weather around the world and odd events happening to challenge our previous rules about nature, the new rule is: NEVER SAY NEVER!

So, although this sounds like I am saying it happens, I am really only putting it in here to make you aware that it could be possible, though highly unlikely.

I think in my time in the Gold Coast area I can only remember one supposed sighting of a box jellyfish. I don't even believe it was ever confirmed and from memory it was by a fishing boat much further out to sea and away from the beaches.

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Nov 06, 2016
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Gold Coast Water Safety All Year
by: Annie

Swimming in the water at Gold Coast (or any beach) should always be between the flags. There are many hazards in any ocean from marine animals and from tidal rips and currents.

If you swim between the flags on patrolled beaches in Australia is relatively safe. The lifeguards on duty, constantly monitor the conditions, including the rips (currents) and whether there are any hazards in the area such as jelly fish. The board by the lifeguard station is updated regularly and you can always ask the lifeguards.

Hope this helps,
Cheers
Annie

Nov 04, 2016
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Jelly fish
by: Anonymous

I walk along Gold Coast beaches. Southport, and surfers how safe it is to swim in the ocean at anytime of the year ?
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Sep 29, 2016
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Box Jelly Fish Deaths - an answer to comment below
by: Annie

I'm not aware of any deaths from Box Jellyfish in Gold Coast waters.

The general season for them to be present in the waters in North Queensland is usually from around October through to April each year.

Hope that helps answer the question.
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Annie

Sep 28, 2016
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Box Jellyfish
by: Anonymous

Has anyone at the Gold Coast even been killed by a box jellyfish whilst swimming in the sea? If so around what time in the year did it occur?

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