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Snap the sea, see the future What could Australia’s coast look like in the future?

Work out when to go?
Use the map to pinpoint the time and date of the king tide event nearest to you. The best time to take photos is at the peak of the tide when the water level is at its highest. This time varies both along the coast and within the estuaries away from the coast.

Hot spots
See the list on the bottom of the page for places that are great vantage points to witness the king tide. Do you know any others? Add them to our hotspots map!

What shots to take?
Capture photos of local coastal areas that are subject to flooding or erosion. Take images where the impact of the tide can be gauged against familiar landmarks like buildings, jetties, bridges, roads, sea walls, shorelines, beach infrastructure or estuary shorelines. 

If you can, take contrasting 'before and after' shots which help to show the average water level in the same location.

Be safe
Use good judgement when you are taking your photos. Stay away from dangerous situations particularly in stormy conditions and avoid taking risks. 

Make a day of it
Take your family and friends with you and participate together. Why not enjoy the event together and witness the future. If you are keen to coordinate a group of people, get in touch and we can help you. Check out these Tide Tracking activity ideas.

A list of hot spots

Some beaches in Tasmania that are important habitats for nesting shorebirds are also vulnerable to destruction from sea level rise. Help us understand how sea level rise might impact on these beaches! 

Tracking for Tasmania's Shorebirds

  • Abbotsbury Beach, Purdon Bay & Red Rocks - south of Eddystone Point, northeast coast
  • Break Yoke Beach - Ansons Bay, northeast coast
  • Taylors Beach - Bay of Fires, northeast coast
  • Templestowe Beach - Chain of Lagoons, east coast
  • Denison Beach & Seymour Beach - near Bicheno, east coast
  • Marion Beach - east coast, north of Dunalley
    Friendly Beaches - east coast
  • Maurouad Beach - north of Scamander, east coast
  • McRaes Isthmus on Maria Island
  • Perkins Bay - west of Stanley, north coast
  • Smiths Gulch, Ordnance Point, Pollys Bay - near Temma, northwest coast
  • Kenneth Bay - Greenes Point-Venables Corner- Sandy Cape Beach - northwest coast
  • Mawson Bay - Arthur-Pieman, northwest coast
  • Phoques Bay -Yellow Rock Beach south to Quarantine Bay - King Island
  • Foochow Beach to Red Bluff - east coast of Flinders Island

South Tasmania

  • Carnarvon Bay
  • Clifton Beach
  • Cornelian Bay foreshore area
  • Cremorne foreshore
  • Cygnet
  • Eaglehawk Neck
  • Hobart Docks / Salamanca
  • Howrah and Bellerive Beaches
  • Kingston Beach
  • Lauderdale / Roches Beach
  • Long Beach (at Sandy Bay)
  • Marieville Esplanade, Sandy Bay
  • Nutgrove Beach another beach/foreshore areas in Sandy Bay area
  • Opossum Bay / South Arm foreshores
  • Orford, the Prosser Bridge and Raspins Beach
  • Port Arthur Historic Site
  • Safety Cove
  • Snug and Coningham foreshores
  • Southport foreshore
  • St Helens roads behind Diana's Basin and to Binalong Bay
  • Swansea beaches and foreshore

North West Tasmania

  • Shearwater Beach at Port Sorell
  • Sisters Beach
  • Turners Beach

North Tasmania

  • Ansons Bay shack area
  • Bridport foreshore
  • St Helens foreshore

Richmond - Tweed, NSW

  • Belongil Beach, Byron Bay
  • Burns Point Ferry Road, West Ballina
  • Lennox Head, concrete ramp end Rutherford St
  • Riverside Drive, West Ballina
  • Tamar Street Bus Interchange
  • Underpass, Missingham Bridge, East Ballina shore
  • Shelly Beach rockpools
  • Ukerabah Historic Site, Tweed Heads

Mid-North Coast, NSW

  • Andrews Reserve, Taree West
  • Coffs Harbour Jetty
  • Croki Pontoon
  • Crowdy Bay Harbour
  • Dunbogan Foreshore Reserve
  • Harrington foreshore and training wall
  • Kendall Reserve, Cundletown
  • Manning Point (Main Street)
  • Old Bar Park / Mudbishops
  • Queen Elizabeth Park, Taree
  • Wooli

Hunter, NSW

  • Black Neds Bay, Lake Macquaire
  • Blacksmiths boat ramp
  • Carrington boat ramp
  • Merewether Baths
  • Newcastle Baths
  • Muloobinba Ferry Terminal
  • Nobby's Headland
  • North Stockton boat ramp
  • Salts Bay
  • Shortland Esplanade
  • Stockton breakwater
  • Stockton Ferry Terminal
  • Swansea Channel, east of the bridge
  • Swansea Heads, inside
  • Swansea RSL
  • Swansea Shopping Centre
  • Tea Gardens, Myall River Estuary
  • Throsby Creek Mangroves

Central Coast

  • Avoca Lagoon mouth
  • Balmain, Sydney Harbour
  • Bilgola, Sydney northern beaches
  • Blue Bay
  • Blue Lagoon (South Shelley Beach)
  • Botany Bay
  • Brisbane Waters
  • Budgewoi Beach
  • Burnum Burnum Reserve, Woronora River
  • Cabbage Tree Harbour
  • Cronulla Esplanade
  • Curtis Parade
  • Davistown
  • Double Bay, Sydney Harbour
  • The Entrance Channel
  • Ettalong
  • Gosford CBD waterfront
  • Hargraves Beach
  • Kurnell, Horning and Tasman Streets
  • North Cronulla Beach Esplanade
  • Parramatta River foreshores
  • Pearl Beach
  • Prince Edward Park, Woronora River
  • Redhead Surf Club
  • St Huberts Island
  • Terrigal Lagoon mouth
  • Umina
  • Wagstaffe
  • Wamberal Lagoon mouth
  • Woy Woy


  • Lake Illawarra foreshores
  • Shellharbour, Wollongong

South Eastern NSW

  • Batemans Bay, CBD and Whart Road precincts

Far North QLD

  • Cairns Esplanade
  • Cooktown Boat Ramp and foreshore
  • Edmund Kennedy Boardwalk, Rockingham Beach
  • Evans Landing, Weipa
  • Holloways Beach, Cairns
  • Palm Cove, Cairns
  • Quintell Beach, Lockhart River
  • Yam Island, Torres Strait
  • Yorkeys Knob, Cairns

North West QLD

  • Sunset Tavern, Karumba

Northern QLD

  • Boundary Street, Townsville
  • Ogden Street, Townsville
  • Oonoonba, Townsville
  • Port Denison, Bowen
  • Rowes Bay Canal, Evans Street
  • The Venue, Townsville

Central QLD

  • Mackay Boat Ramp, mouth of Pioneer River

Southern QLD

  • Rainbow Beach

South East QLD

  • Budds Beach, Southport
  • Captain Cook Esplanade, Deception Bay
  • Maroochy Beach Surf Club, Maroochydore
  • Sandgate foreshore
  • Sandgate Road, adjacent to Breakfast Creek, Albion, Brisbane
  • Snappers Rocks, Coolangatta
  • Wellington Point
  • Moreton Bay
  • Bramble Bay
  • Deception Bay
  • Low lying areas of the Brisbane River e.g. Oxley Ck, Norman Ck, Cabbage Tree Ck, Breakfast Ck


A Vunerable Suburb , Brooke St , Townsville , Raul Posse , 22012012

Broadwater Parklands , Southport By John 21012012

Rosslyn Bay Harbour By David Mitcham , 23012012

Walkway Under Gold Coast Highway , Surfers Paradise By Marisa Liberato , 23012012

Tewantin By Vicki Siliato

 Lota Boardwalk By Sue Desbrosses

Brighton Foreshore And Canal By Renate Hottmann -Schaefer , 23012012

The Bikeway Under Brisbanes Riverside Motorway By David Weddell 23012012


Newcastle Shortland

Newcastle Mereweather

20 Brunswick Hwy Bridge 10_25am [1]


Need some more examples?

Check out our map of King Tides in Queensland. These photos were taken as part of the January 2012 pilot of Witness King Tides.

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