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Moffat Beach QLD

Moffat Beach

Postcode: 4551

Moffat Beach is a suburb in Caloundra, on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. Of the same name is Moffat Beach, which is one of the Caloundra beaches.

The suburb & beach was named after James C. Moffat, a chemist from Brisbane, who established a holiday house on Moffat Head in 1883.

The only spot in Caloundra offering at least some protection from a southeast winds. Moffat beach is un-patrolled. Dicky Beach Surf Life Saving Club sends roving patrols down the beach during peak periods. Tooway Lake offers protected swimming. Water quality is not always ideal for swimming and is dependant on weather conditions. Water quality is usually best when the lake is opened to the sea.

On a strong southeast swell Moffat’s offers a long spilling right-hand wave popular with the long-board riders. The body boarders have been known to ride the shore break, which can get quite heavy on a high tide. A 20 minute paddle straight out will get an experienced surfer only to Caloundra reef. A heavy barrelling wave, on its day can be compared to pipeline. The conditions have to be right with a solid swell with a light westerly offshore wind a good starting point. If you catch it when it is on you will never forget the experience. The spot should only be surfed by an experienced wave rider.