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The Reef ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.5
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 2.9

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The Reef Spot ID

Dickies Reef, The Reef photo

The Reef

Photo credit: Mitch

Type: reef

Reliability: inconsistent

Best: Swell ESE | Wind W

Sea Temperature Today is: 20.8 °C

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Thursday, 20 September 2018, 11:11 Local time
Thursday 20
Wave (m) 0.6
Period (s) 8 8 8 8
Wind (km/h) 20
NW 10
WNW 15
ESE 20
Wind State cross-

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The Reef on the North Coast is an exposed reef break that only works when conditions are just right. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. Offshore winds are from the west. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the ideal swell angle is from the east southeast. A left hand reef break. Surfable at all stages of the tide. It very rarely gets crowded here. Beware of urchins, rips and sharks.

Queensland wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Caloundra Head, Australia, 2 km from The Reef.

IS AT (local time)

The Reef Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Queenslad Australia Battery Hill wx, 2 km from The Reef.

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Air temperature
24.4 °C

Current weather near The Reef

Buoy Data:

At Caloundra Buoy, 4 miles from The Reef.

  6AM 7AM 8AM 9AM
Data Age 5 hr 4 hr 3 hr 2 hr
Wave height (m) 0.712
Dominant period (s) 4.396 4.301 4.167 4.040

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Overall The Reef Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in September

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  • The closest passenger airport to The Reef is Maroochydore Sunshine Coast Airport (MCY) in Australia, which is 21 km (13 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to The Reef is Brisbane International Airport (BNE), also in Australia, 67 km (42 miles) away.
  • The third closest airport is Gold Coast Coolangatta Airport (OOL), also in Australia, 158 km (98 miles) away.
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This is the Surf-Forecast page for The Reef, QLD - Sunshine Coast. Use the tab navigation above to view The Reef sea temperature, The Reef photographs, The Reef detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, The Reef webcams, current wind from QLD - Sunshine Coast live weather stations and The Reef tide predictions. The Australia swell maps link will open up the big picture showing Australia and the surrounding seas. These swell maps can be animated to show the different swell components, wave energy, wave period, wave heights, together with wind and weather forecasts, current weather and sea state observations from Australia wave-buoys, passing ships and coastal weather stations. Each of the forecast pages for this surf break feature a global and regional wavefinder tool to locate the best surf conditions in the area around The Reef.