Tides & Webcams

Accurate tidal predictions and sea and swell maps can be found on this page.  Live updates from webcams at the Brisbane Bar are coming, so please check back soon.

Tide Predictions

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Sea & Swell Map

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Facts About Tides

  • The gravitational force of the moon is one ten-millionth that of earth, but when you combine other forces such as the earth's centrifugal force created by its spin, you get tides. 
  • The sun's gravitational force on the earth is only 46 percent that of the moon. Making the moon the single most important factor for the creation of tides.
  • The sun's gravity also produces tides. But since the forces are smaller, as compared to the moon, the effects are greatly decreased.  
  • Tides are not caused by the direct pull of the moon's gravity. The moon is pulling upwards on the water while the earth is pulling downward. Slight advantage to the moon and thus we have tides.
  • Whenever the Moon, Earth and Sun are aligned, the gravitational pull of the sun adds to that of the moon causing maximum tides.
  • Spring tides happen when the sun and moon are on the same side of the earth (New Moon) or when the sun and moon are on the opposite sides of Earth.