Owners of boats and properties with coastal or river frontages in South East Queensland should prepare for the first of the state’s summer king tides predicted later this month.
Acting Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Ryan says the higher-than-usual tides were already occurring along the South East coast and would reach maximum levels in coming weeks.
“The first of the year’s highest tides are expected from the Gold Coast up to Noosa and Fraser Island from 22 January.”
“Maritime Safety Queensland is warning people living close to the water may also be affected and should move tinnies, kayaks, garden furniture and other items away from the water’s edge.”
“Keep a close watch over children playing in shallow water – tidal streams in these waters can be strong.”
Mr Ryan said the highest tides this month could be about 20 centimetres higher than a typical spring tide.”
“Boaties should remember at this time of year tides are typically at their highest and lowest extremes.”