Caloundra locals Hunter Andersson, 9, Joey Silk, 8, and Taine Woodbry, 11, make the most of the king tides and Easter holidays at Moffat Beach.
Caloundra locals Hunter Andersson, 9, Joey Silk, 8, and Taine Woodbry, 11, make the most of the king tides and Easter holidays at Moffat Beach. Lachie Millard

Hazardous surf, large tides can't stop Easter beachgoers

HAZARDOUS surf and large tides made for less than ideal conditions for the Easter weekend on the Sunshine Coast but that didn't stop thousands descending on our beaches.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Lachlan Stoney said a combination of tides, swell and rip currents made conditions difficult for beachgoers, including motorists on Teewah Beach.

At least four cars rolled along the popular stretch over the long weekend, with motorists spotting one vehicle claimed by rocks with rising tides.

Sunshine Coast Road Policing Command and Queensland Parks and Wildlife gave the area high priority by ramping up patrols and positioning speed cameras along the stretch of beach from Thursday.

Motorists also reported fishing rods and personal items were stolen in the night while camping.

The large swell was set to ease tomorrow but Mr Stoney said persistent rainy conditions would stick around a few days longer.

He said showers blown in from the ocean were part of the same weather pattern Coast residents encountered for the past week.

About 25mm of rain fell around the Coast in the last 24 hours, and up to 50mm across the weekend in some areas, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

"Not a whole lot of change in the short term... it's going to remain pretty cloudy with some showers,” Mr Stoney said.

"Things will pick up a little on Wednesday with some heavier rain and cloud.

"Showers will ease from Thursday and the trend is showing they will head off from then.”

Pack an umbrella for Anzac Day dawn services as showers are more likely in the morning on April 25.

Mr Stoney said the upcoming weekend should be clear with moderate temperatures, perfect for beach conditions.



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