King tides are coming at Christmas

Seasonal king tides are expected in the days leading up to Christmas, peaking on Christmas Eve, Monday 24 December at 10.15am in Swansea Channel. If you’re out and about, snap a photo and share it with Council on our Facebook page or email [email protected]. The tide is best seen along Swansea Channel, east of the Swansea Bridge and areas adjoining Black Neds Bay.

January king tides are predicted in the days leading up to Tuesday 22 January 2019, peaking in Swansea Channel at around 10.00am.

The Bureau of Meteorology website details the 2018 and 2019 tide charts for Swansea and other measuring stations.

Want to know more? The Lake Macquarie coastline and Swansea Channel typically experiences annual king tides during December and January and again in June and July. A king tide is a naturally occurring extreme tidal event and a good preview for what sea level rise may look like in the future.

View the new tides and tidal inundation fact sheet for planning for future flood risks for more information on tides, inundation and king tides.

Tips for our community during a king tide:

  • Avoid driving through areas that are experiencing tidal inundation and stay out of the water. Remember, salt water can cause corrosion;
  • Continue to monitor tidal events in your local area; and
  • Get involved in adaptation planning with Lake Macquarie City Council. We currently have adaptation plans underway for Swansea, Pelican and Blacksmiths, and Marks Point and Belmont South.

For further information on king tides, visit the Witness King Tides project by Green Cross Australia at or contact the Local Adaption Planning team on 02 4921 0333. Please note Council will be closed from 12pm Monday 24 December 2018 until Wednesday 2 January 2019.

Please visit Council online at or NSW State Emergency Service at for information on safety during flood and tidal inundation events.

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