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27 January, 2021

Prepare for king tides

King tides will be experienced in Cairns from Wednesday January 27 to Sunday January 31, peaking on Friday and Saturday January 29-30.


Salt water on the road at Fearnley Street in Portsmith during king tides. PHOTO: Tanya Murphy

Avoid parking cars in low-lying tidal areas and never drive through floodwaters.

Motorists are reminded that tidal flooding is saltwater, which can damage cars on contact.

Motorists are urged to drive carefully and slowly, not only for the safety of road users and pedestrians, but to lessen the impact of bow waves, which can push water into adjacent properties.

Cairns Regional Council has advised that traffic controls and detours will be in place where roads are inundated by tidal floodwaters.

King tide levels for Cairns are expected at the following times (other areas may vary):

  • Wednesday: 2.95m at 8.46am
  • Thursday: 3.04m at 9.17am
  • Friday: 3.09m at 9.50am
  • Saturday: 3.09am at 10.24am
  • Sunday: 3.03am at 11am

There will be further king tides in February.

A vehicle drives through king tide floodwaters on Fearnley street in Portsmith. Motorists are reminded that tidal flooding is saltwater, which can damage cars on contact. PHOTO: Tanya Murphy
Floodwaters on Hartley Street during king tides come close to parked vehicles. Motorists are advised to avoid parking cars in low-lying tidal areas as salt water is damaging. PHOTO: Tanya Murphy

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