Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

King of a Tide Hits Cooloola; Beach Spared Major Sand Erosion for Now

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

King of a Tide Hits Cooloola; Beach Spared Major Sand Erosion for Now

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Byline: Craig Warhurst

YESTERDAY'S king tides and the wild weather left over from tropical cyclone Olga have had only minor impact on the sand dunes at Rainbow Beach.

Sunday's king tide had taken some of the sand build-up on Rainbow Beach back out to sea, but had spared the beach the major erosion that was seen this time last year when the surf tower was undermined and large chunks of sand dune were washed away.

Yesterday morning's high tide saw water wash up around the tower and beach entry points.

Rainbow Beach life guard Lleam Rees said the beach had held up fairly well so far, but warned the worst might be still to come with wave heights on the ocean expected to increase until Thursday.

"It is the highest day time tide we have had," Mr Rees said.

"The swells are currently three to five foot (one to 1.5 metres) and surging to six to seven foot (two to-2.5m).

"The the beach is holding up really well."

The life guard had closed the patrolled beach yesterday saying rips and a major sweep made bathing conditions too dangerous for swimmers. …

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