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Tallebudgera Creek - Day 8 - After the Storm

Sunday 5 June 2016

Mainly fine and 20 degrees was forecast for today. Overnight we had 280 mm of rain on top of the 80 mm the day before. In fact there was 160 mm of rain between 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm last night. Some of the regulars in the park who have been coming here for 25 to 30 years say they have never seen anything like it before.

We woke fairly early this morning to check out the carnage from yesterday. The flotsam was banked up against the back wall of our annexe and It took us a couple of hours to clean away the rubbish from around the back of the van. The caravan park staff were not overly helpful as only one staff member was rostered-on for maintenance duties on Sunday, and was somewhat overwhelmed, he advised that a Council crew would come in on Monday to clean up. It was somewhat disappointing that no-one from the Park Management thought that it was their responsibility to advise patrons of the possible consequences of an East Coast Low. There is a duty of care there somewhere, but not apparently appreciated.

After spending a couple of hours cleaning up around our site, we walked out to the end of the rock wall on Tallebudgera Creek to see the swell and surf conditions. Back at camp we had a late brunch of eggs and bacon cooked on the Baby Q, then walked over Burleigh Head to see the damage to Burleigh Beach caused by the heavy seas over the last couple of days. We had to walk over the top track, as the lower track was closed because of the risk of rock falls after the heavy rain.

At Burleigh Beach a crowd were watching a couple of intrepid surfers who were being towed out to the safer swell conditions by Jet-Skis, and then they were being picked up again before they got caught in the dangerous surf closer to the beach, and then taken out again for a repeat performance. At the Burleigh Beach Kiosk, which is part of the Burleigh Surf Club, we had had a coffee and watched the world go by before walking back to the caravan park.

Tonight we spent an anxious few hours monitoring the tide levels however without the storm surge we were about 12 inches above the maximum high tide level. At about 8:45 pm - high tide - we went for a walk around the caravan park to check conditions generally. The southern end of the caravan park was getting more flooding from the high tide levels than we were experiencing at Site 12. Bob and Marlene from Corowa in Victoria had arrived earlier in the day with their daughter, who had driving duties. She was staying to help them set-up on the site before returning home in a few days time. Their site was next to site 28 that we had in August last year. They were having the worst of the high tide with a few inches of water flowing through their annexe.


The rubbish at our back door that arrived at high tide about 8:00 pm


Looking North from our site.


Looking south from our site.


Front steps from one of the villa units in the caravan park.


The mess in the corner of Tallebudgera Creek near the caravan park.


Back in the Park - who put that hole there?


Debris on the banks of Tallebudgera Creek.


No swimming in Tallebudgera Creek.


Surfers on the Tallebudgera Creek barway.


Surf on Palm Beach.


Coolangatta in the distance.


More surf on Palm Beach.


Palm Beach - wind now from the west.


Breakers lining up at Palm Beach.


More surf.


Even more surf.


Today's weather photo - looking west across the bridge over Tallebudgera Creek.


Tallebudgera Creek - 2 days ago it was blue and clear,


Palm Beach from the Lookout on Burleigh Head.


Burleigh Beach with Surfers Paradise in the distance taken from Burleigh Head.


Surf at Burleigh Beach.


Jet Ski picking up a surfer at Burleigh Beach.


Jet Skis in action.


Jet Ski picking up a surfer.


Waves at Burleigh Beach.


A Jet Ski in action again.


More waves at Burleigh Beach.


Surfer on a wave.


Surfer on a wave again.


Surfer at Burleigh Beach.


Jet Ski waits to pick up a surfer.


Here we go again.


Onlookers at Burleigh Beach.


Surfer dropped off on a wave by a Jet Ski.


More crowd action at Burleigh Beach.


Heading back for another go.


Burleigh Beach.


Burleigh Beach - where is the sand?


Time to pump sand again at Burleigh Beach.


Back at Tallebudgera Creek - rainbow in the distance.

Posted by TwoAces 00:35

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You were very lucky that you weren't flooded.
I was also at Burleigh beach this morning at 8:10am, but I didn't see you. :)
The waves were big and beautiful, if you weren't in them.

by snowman3195

You were too early for us Frosty, like Marg we like the extra hour or so in bed.

by TwoAces

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