Monster swell whips WA’s south coast as tourists brace wet weather for a glimpse


A swell of more than seven meters battered the southern coast of Western Australia as the third cold front in as many days swept through the region.

The swell of seven to 10 meters was previously expected to hit the south and west coasts of WA, with authorities issuing a warning for high winds and dangerous waves.

Wet and wild weather didn’t deter people from spotting the swell, which topped seven meters at 2 p.m.

Tourists flocked to The Gap near Albany, a popular tourist spot with a 40-meter-high platform suspended over the cliff.

A severe weather warning remains in effect for damaging waves from Dongara to Albany.


A wind gust of more than 80 kilometers per hour was recorded at Albany airport as thunderstorms and rain moved east.

It followed a few stormy days in southern Western Australia with winds causing damage from Geraldton to Albany.

The Bureau of Meteorology said conditions were expected to ease Wednesday through Thursday.

“The destructive winds cover a larger area than we would normally see with these winter systems, [and] spanning much of the southern half of the state,” a spokesperson said.

The big swell draws a crowd to The Gap near Albany.(ABC Great Southern: John Dobson)

“Gusts above 90 km/h are possible over the warning zone with gusts above 100 km/h on the west coast, south of Perth, until late Wednesday afternoon.

“Expected rainfall totals through the end of Wednesday are expected to be around 15 to 25 millimeters near the coast between Lancelin and Albany, with isolated totals higher at 40mm.”

People near ocean spray
A series of cold fronts bring wet and wild conditions to the south coast of WA.(ABC Great Southern: John Dobson)

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