Storm Surges


Storm surges are related to cyclonic activity and are likely to occur between November and April.

A storm surge is a dome of water produced by a cyclone, and can be many kilometres wide and several metres higher than a normal tide. Storm surges may have abnormally high tides, destructive wave action and can result in increased flooding.

All cyclones produce storm surges but all surges are not dangerous, it will depend on the strength of the cyclone, its speed, the shape of the sea floor, the features of the land, the angle it crosses, the coast and most importantly when it makes landfall. In an extreme event, the impact may be felt in the Fitzroy River as far upstream as Rockhampton.


A tropical Cyclone and/or Flood warning is issued by Australia's national weather, climate and water agency, the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM).

Storm Surge Maps

The storm surge maps indicate the approximate storm surge inundation limits.  The Coastal management and defined storm tide overlays in the Rockhampton Region Planning Scheme can be viewed through the online planning service, Rock e Plan

Be Prepared!

Always be prepared for the likelihood of a storm surge during cyclone season. If you live in a low-lying coastal area look at the storm surge map that shows the possible impact it can have on your area, ensure your property is adequately prepared by taking the necessary precautions for a cyclone, and those necessary for normal flooding.

The following resources are available to help residents be prepared for storm surge: