Quiet weekend with mostly offshore winds, next week has plenty on the radar

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Steve Shearer (freeride76)

South-east Queensland and Northern NSW Surf Forecast by Steve Shearer (issued Fri 23rd June)

Features of the Forecast (tl;dr)

  • Another weekend with mostly fresh offshore winds tending NW at times
  • Small, fun E/SE swell Sat, becoming tiny Sun
  • Minor background E swell this weekend- very inconsistent!
  • Long range, pulsey E-E/SE swell lingers next week- possibly a notch stronger from mid week
  • Next week now looking favourable for some sizey S swells- Tues/Wed
  • More S swell pulses next week as constant fronts push into the Tasman
  • Potential long period S-S/SE swell next weekend 
  • Tracking possible E/NE swell later next weekend as deep trough moves down from QLD
  • More active phase for first week in July, check back Mon for latest


Fun sized S-S/SE swell yesterday saw some clean, lined up 3ft surf in NENSW, smaller 1-2ft in SEQLD. Clean conditions early deteriorated under NE breezes in the a’noon. Small weak mixed bag leftovers this morning in the 1-2ft range, wind affected as winds clock around N through NW to W through the a’noon. 

Still some small fun options at NENSW swell magnets

This weekend (Jun 24-25)

High pressure over the continent and off the QLD Coast is still supplying ridging which is now being strengthened by the next series of troughs and fronts. That will see another episode of W’ly quarter winds over the weekend, with patches of NW to N winds embedded in the flow.

Sat morning looks the pick of the weekend with some mid period E/SE swell generated off the West Coast of the North Island down to Cook Strait supplying 2ft surf, peaking during the a’noon. Early winds look to tend W/NW-W before clocking around N’ly to NW’ly so there should be plenty of clean options around. Minor levels of long range E swell will supply some very inconsistent 2ft sets.

Similar blend of small surf Sun, with just a small signal of long range E and leftover E/SE swells to 2ft. Similar winds, fresh NW at times, tending more W’ly late in the a’noon.

Next week (Jun 26 onwards)

A strong front and low well below Tasmania drive W’ly gales out of Bass Strait Mon, with a weaker fetch of better aligned SW winds well below Tasmania. That will will see fresh W’ly winds Mon in NSW, weaker north of the border, tending more W/SW-SW in the a’noon as the front pushes aggressively NE into the Tasman, reaching right up into tropical latitudes Tues! Tiny surf for most of the day, with very, very slow sets from the E to 2ft+. We may see a late kick in new S swell to 2ft right on the lower fringe of the MNC depending on the timing of the front. It’s more likely after dark, but worth having a squizz at S exposed breaks late in the a’noon. 

Tuesday should see mod S swell fill in, initially 2ft , but building to 3-4ft across NENSW, smaller 2-3ft at SEQLD S facing beaches. Early W’ly to W/SW’ly winds will lay down through the day and clock around light S’ly to light E’ly breezes.

Long lined, inconsistent E-E/SE swell will continue next week, from a source near Tonga then a closer low forming on a persistent trough line closer to the North Island. This closer system is right on the edge of the swell window but may deliver some 2-3ft sets from mid next week, likely overshadowed by prevailing S swells in NSW. 

We’ll see S swell pulses all next week but models now suggest they will be on the small/medium side as winds are quite zonal and the fetches are aimed more at targets across the Tasman and up into S’ward exposures in the South Pacific Islands.

We’ll factor in easing swells for Wed, with more small S swell pulses likely Thurs into Fri, in the 3-4ft range, smaller in SEQLD, although there’s potential for upside in NENSW.

Towards the end of next week models are suggesting a massive low pressure gyre forming in New Zealand longitudes. Most of the swell producing fetch will be aimed at South Pacific and American targets but we should see some quality long period swell radially spread from this source as it first forms. We’ll see how models look when we come back Mon, but some long period S-S/SE swell is on the radar for next weekend, depending on the evolution of this massive low.

Also on the radar is a potential deep inland trough tracking down through the QLD interior into NSW late next week/into the weekend.

This trough may form a rain event and attract a deep NE-E/NE infeed down the Eastern Seaboard, possibly even forming a surface low of some kind. We’ll flag it for now, wth potential for building E/NE swell as early as next weekend and an accompanying weather event. No doubt we will see models chop and change over the weekend but with both models suggesting the inland trough deepening and a high-pressure cell tracking at a more S’ly latitude odds are reasonable for some kind of weather/swell event to kick off first week in July.

Check back Mon to see how it’s shaping up and have a great weekend!


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seeds Saturday, 24 Jun 2023 at 12:16am

Gyre? Ooh yeah baby! Weather porn.
Thanks Steve, once again a great detailed forecast.

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groovie Saturday, 24 Jun 2023 at 4:47am

So will we get some East swell in the middle of the week Steve here on the Mid Nth. Coast??? The small south swell on Wed/Thurs produced mainly close outs here due to most beaches being sanded up with no gutters to produce a decent bank anywhere!

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thermalben Saturday, 24 Jun 2023 at 4:52pm

Inconsistent east swell around 2ft, fun before the wind swung to the north.

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freeride76 Saturday, 24 Jun 2023 at 8:32pm

I saw some 2ft sets on sunrise, went home and came back, it was dead flat for 45minutes.

Came back an hr later and really fun 2ft beachies, even a 3ft set.

Then went dead flat again.

Very tidally affected here.