UPDATE - Heavy Rain - 5pm - 21 March 2021

21 March 2021

Due to heavy rain it is likely low lying properties in Currumbin, Mudgeeraba and Tallebudgera catchments may be impacted by floodwater in coming hours. Monitor the situation and consider moving to higher ground.

For flood damage call SES on 132 500 and in a life-threatening emergency call triple zero.

Note: For real-time emergency information including closure of roads during a serious weather event or natural disaster, visit our City dashboard.

Please also refer to our disaster management and emergency contacts pages.

Heavy rain – Sunday 21 March 2021

  • The Bureau of Meteorology is currently forecasting up to 120mm of heavy rain for the Gold Coast region this afternoon (Sunday 21 March)
  • City of Gold Coast have opened three sandbagging stations for community members whose properties are susceptible to localised flood impacts
  • Our City’s Disaster Management Unit is monitoring weather reports in consultation with Bureau of Meteorology emergency service agencies
  • Stay at home if possible. Cancel all non-essential travel
  • Many roads have been closed. Information on road closures can be found at qldtraffic.com.au or by phoning 13 19 40.
  • If it’s flooded forget it.

Sandbag information

Our sandbagging stations at Pimpama, Burleigh Heads and Bilinga will be open from 11am, closing at 6PM They are located at:

  • 232 Old Pacific Highway, Pimpama (next to City of Gold Coast Coomera Depot)
  • 46 Boyd St, Bilinga (use the service road, next to the City of Gold Coast Tugun Depot)
  • 61 Hutchinson St, Burleigh Heads, (Reedy Creek Waste and Recycling Centre - access via the Southport Burleigh Road/ Hutchinson Street roundabout, signs in place)

Signage is on site to direct motorists to the sandbagging stations.

Please drive carefully and to the conditions.

It is important to note that sandbags can reduce the impact of flooding if they’re placed correctly in appropriate locations around property. They are not waterproof and will not stop the water completely.


Some comments from Mayor Tom Tate below:

“I have just been briefed by our disaster management team and the word is: do not travel on roads unless it is absolutely necessary.

“This is a slow-moving weather event with significant rainfall likely overnight. Local road flood is occurring now, particularly in the hinterland and Bonogin areas.

“Our City staff are keeping a close watch on conditions and are responding to clean-up reports, when it is safe to do so.

“Beaches are closed and will likely remain closed tomorrow.

“The major creek systems across our city are in full flow so do not attempt to cross them, or go near the creek banks and causeways.

“I urge all Gold Coasters to keep across updates through our city website, or local media.’’




Birds eye shot of the gold coast beaches and skyline.