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Mornings best for beaches as light winds return

Beach Report - Rifle Range Beach
In this week's Beach Report, Craig Holden says the return of onshore winds means mornings will be the best time to visit local beaches.

Well, it has been a real mixed week of weather conditions this week, starting with a rainy and gloomy day on Monday.

That was followed by a cool change on Tuesday night that brought with it offshore winds and glorious ocean conditions from Tuesday to yesterday morning.

Light to moderate onshore winds then returned through yesterday afternoon, bringing back those slightly choppy ocean conditions.

These onshore winds will now remain with us for the next three days, with lighter winds through the mornings and then moderate winds through the afternoon.

Those minimum temperatures will start to climb again as well, which is good news for beach goers, but there will be the chance of showers through today and tomorrow.

This morning’s winds will be from the S/SE at 10 to 15 knots, before swinging from the E/SE at around 15+ knots this afternoon.

Tomorrow will bring S/SE winds at around 10 knots through the morning and then around 15 knots from the E/SE through the afternoon.

Sunday should then deliver E/SE winds at 10 to 15 knots through the morning and 15+ knots through the afternoon.


Swimming conditions have been fantastic across the local region this week with those cool, offshore winds bringing almost flat conditions through Wednesday especially.

Yesterday afternoon was the only blemish, with the onshore winds kicking up a little bit of chop through the afternoon.

With the onshore winds set to remain for the next three days, we can expect more of these choppy conditions, especially through the afternoons and more so on the open and exposed beaches.

The mornings will bring lighter winds that will be more from the S/SE, so the better swimming conditions will be found through the mornings and up until around midday.

The better beaches for swimmers will be those that provide some protection from the S/SE to E/SE winds, so head to locations such as Agnes Water, Nielson Park Beach, Moore Park Beach and Hervey Bay.

Please check with the surf lifesavers or lifeguard on duty, read any safety signage or messages and most importantly please swim only at patrolled beaches, only between the red and yellow flags, and only during patrol times – remember, if we can’t see you, we can’t save you!

Beach patrols:

Today, Saturday and Sunday: 9 am to 5 pm at Elliott Heads, Kelly's Beach, Nielson Park Beach, Oaks Beach, Moore Park Beach and Agnes Water plus a rove lifeguard in the Bundaberg Region.

Weekdays (from next week): 9 am to 5 pm at Kelly's Beach and Agnes Water only.

Note: These are minimum patrol times – some locations may have longer hours of patrol time.


Tuesday morning threw up plenty of super clean and super fun waves for local board-riders but the ocean soon turned flat (very flat) through the middle part of the week with that cool, offshore wind change.

Onshore winds will now return for the next three days but they should only light to moderate (stronger through the afternoons), but not really expected to provide us with too much in the way of quality surf conditions.

At least it won’t be dead flat though, so fingers crossed we have some small but fun-sized waves about to entice the board-riders out for some fun.

Try the usual locations through the mornings in the hope of finding something worthwhile.

Good Luck.


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