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As the ocean subsides, it’s a ‘reasonable’ beach weekend

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As the ocean subsides, it’s a ‘reasonable’ beach weekend


Aaron Purchase: Big seas, erosion and why you don't need to pee on bluebottle stings

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The first big swell of the summer has been and gone and although we have seen pockets of erosion, the beaches have held up pretty well considering the size of the swell and the spring tides.

The most significant erosion occurred on the northern end of Bribie Island (below), which council crews are monitoring, and the stretch between Alexandra Headland and Maroochydore where the loss of sand has exposed some rocks.


It’s sure to bounce back though.

Most people observed the warnings to stay out of the water when beaches were closed for a couple of days during the week.

Things stabilised as the swell subsided and the beaches have reopened. Tides also have returned to normal levels after a week of large spring tides, which added to the challenging conditions.

This weekend is looking reasonable for a visit to the beach with only a slight chance of showers and mostly sunny conditions.

Winds are expected to be north-easterly which will blow straight into the normally protected spots like Noosa and Mooloolaba. The south facing Kings beach is likely to be the pick of the spots for swimmers as it’s sheltered from the winds.

As we have had northerlies blowing for a few days now we may start to see some bluebottles on the beaches.

If you do get stung head to the lifesavers or lifeguards on duty who can help you out.

The best treatment for a bluebottle sting wash off area in sea water to make sure all tentacles have been removed and then apply hot water.

As hot water isn’t always accessible, ice is the next best alternative. We’ve certainly moved on from the old wives’ tale of applying urine to a sting!

Make sure to check out the beach condition report boards as you head down to the beach so you’re aware of any local hazards and, as always, make sure you only swim between the red and yellow flags.

Have a great weekend.

Aaron Purchase

Aaron Purchase is Surf Life Saving Queensland’s regional manager for the Sunshine Coast. His column in will appear each Friday to keep the community informed of what’s happening on the beach and how to stay safe in the water.