Dangerous surf closes Gold Coast beaches


Beaches on the southern Queensland coast will remain closed as dangerous conditions from ex-tropical cyclone Linda continue to blow in.

Surf Life Saving Queensland has warned people to adhere to the closures as they expect large swells, hide tides and strong winds on Thursday.

"Please, if a red flag is up and a beach closed sign is on display, do not enter the water," SLSQ's operations coordinator Jason Argent said.

All Gold Coast beaches and nine Sunshine Coast beaches will be closed, with organisers of the World Surf League's Quiksilver and Roxy Pro moving competition from Snapper Rocks to Kirra due to the conditions.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a hazardous surf warning for the Fraser Island Coast, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast, while a strong wind warning has also been issued for these areas.

The dangerous surf is expected to pound the state's southeast coast into the weekend.

The bureau predicts the system will track south along the coastline before veering to the east by Friday.

Meanwhile, north and far north Queensland communities are still feeling the effects of more than a week's worth of heavy rain, with some residents in northwest Queensland facing isolation for up to 10 days.

However, authorities say people are well-stocked and used to being cut off by rain at this time of year, as officials continue monitoring the situation.