Byron Bay Beach before and after: Erosion takes two metres of sand as BoM radar shows more rain coming
A subtle clue in a series of new photos of Byron Bay shows exactly how much of Main Beach was “washed away”.
The New South Wales coast was subjected to torrential rain and winds on Monday, sparking fears of massive amounts of erosion.
Those fears culminated in as much as 2m of Main Beach’s sands being washed into the ocean.
University of NSW Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Stuart Khan shared the photos to Twitter on Monday night.
They show the drenched sands with a series of wooden stumps sticking out.
Khan said his lifesaver father told him the stumps were old wooden piers.
They were last exposed about 30 years ago and the tops were removed.
“[We were] thinking that we would never see them again,” he said his father believed.
“We’re seeing the largest coastal erosion we’ve not seen in many years, particularly around the Byron Bay area, which is completely changing the entire landscape of the beaches,” Surf Life Saving NSW CEO Steve Pearce said.
The rising tides come as wild weather continues to batter southeast Queensland and northern NSW.
The Bureau Of Meteorology said on Sunday that heavy rain, damaging winds, potentially serious flooding and dangerous surf conditions were expected until at least Tuesday.
The NSW State Emergency Service received more than 900 requests for help by Monday afternoon,