Gold Coast TidesTide Charts & Times
It's always handy to know what the tides are doing, whether you are thinking of heading out for a walk on the beach or a day of fishing or diving. It's often nicer to walk or go for a run on the beach at low tide as the sand is harder, and if you are heading out on a boat through the Gold Coast waterways, it's often easier to navigate at high tide.
To view the current tidal conditions and schedule for low and high tides, check out this link. If you use iCal or Google Calendar, you can also subscribe to the feed on this page and have the high and low tide times available on your calendar or iPhone.
Because of the Gold Coast's physical latitude, variations between high and low tide don't tend to be huge. However, during Christmas the Gold Coast experiences King Tides which is a high tide well above average. King tides occur because of a number of astronomical factors relating to the alignment of the Sun and Moon and the gravitational attraction they both have on the Earth's water surface. King tides also occur during winter but as they occur in the middle of the night they go without notice.
The Australian Bureau of Meteorology runs an Oceanographic Services Bureau which includes tide predictions for Queensland click on Locations List and you can see a list of Gold Coast locations like the Gold Coast Seaway, Snapper Rocks and Nerang River Bundall.
Gold Coast Tide Variations (compared to Brisbane)
- Coomera River Hope Island, +90, +90
- Jacobs Well, +15, +15
- Paradise Point, +10, +17
- Runaway Bay, -7, +3
- Southport Broadwater, -41, -28
- Tweed Heads, -50, -50
- Visit the Maritime Safety Queensland website's tide section for details on tides in Queensland
- The Queensland EPA provides comprehensive storm tide data
Images courtesy Tourism & Events Queensland, Tourism Australia, Destination Gold Coast & Getty Images