Beaches on Queensland's Gold Coast will be closed today, as the council tries to repair heavily eroded beaches before tomorrow's high tide.
The chairwoman of the council's engineering committee, Daphne McDonald, says the tide is expected to reach 1.61 metres - the highest for the month.
Ms McDonald says crews will use heavy machinery to level sand cliffs between Miami and Main Beach.
"Council has certainly lost quite a bit of infrastructure such as bench fencing, stairways to the beach," she said.
"We have been hit with these weather events that ... [have] come over I think it is about three times now - we have really copped it.
"What we are seeing is a lot of debris being washed up on the beach, so really beachgoers should stay away from the beach for the next few days.
"The swell has increased today and we've been advised that will pick up again tomorrow."
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13:39 EST With 28mm already recorded in the rain gauge this month, Alice Springs is having its wettest May since 2004.