Kirra is the spiritual home of surfing on the Gold Coast; and Kirra Point, separating Kirra Beach to the north and Coolangatta Beach to the south is considered one of the world's premier surf breaks. Three-time Men's World Surf League Champion Mick Fanning is the marquee star of the famed Kirra Surfriders Club.
For more information on Kirra especially the best events in the area visit Destination Gold Coast.
Every beach along our coastline is unique and used for many different activities, such as swimming, surfing and walking the dog. We've been working to understand which beaches are our most popular and how each is used by our community and visitors.
Up to 50,000 people visit Kirra and North Kirra beaches annually. Local residents from the nearby medium and high density suburbs account for most of these visitors.
A major drawcard of Kirra is the stunning beach amenity, with more than 60% of people using this beach to exercise, play and relax.
Kirra Point is part of the World Surf Reserve and is a popular location for surfers of the Gold Coast surf scene. Kirra Point is strictly for experienced board riders only when big swells are running while the break further north is suitable for intermediate board riders. Visit our Beach cameras page for the latest beach conditions.
The shape and orientation of Kirra provides beach users with protection from southerly winds. Make sure you swim between the red and yellow flags which indicate that the beach is patrolled. Kirra Beach patrolled areas include:
- Marine Parade at Kirra Surf Life Saving Club (15 Marine Parade, Coolangatta). Patrolled between 8am and 5pm every day, between November and April.
- Pacific Parade and Lang Street, at North Kirra Surf Life Saving Club. Patrolled between 8am and 5pm every day, between November and April.
Please note all beaches are patrolled during Queensland school holidays.
For more details download our Beach patrol information sheet(PDF, 1MB)
Kirra beach is surrounded by parklands that contain toilets, barbecues, tables, shade structures and beach showers. Designated oceanway passes next to the beach offering ample space for bike parking. It's also in close proximity to a retail and commercial area.
Kirra and North Kirra have the following facilities for beachgoers:
Parking: There is a carpark attached to the Kirra Surf Club, another one north at 34 Musgrave Street and plenty of on-street parking available in side streets. Be sure that to take note of any applicable parking signs and/or line markings before heading to the beach. Please note our beaches can get very busy on weekends and during school holidays, reducing the amount of available parking in the area.
Public transport: Translink buses run along the Gold Coast Highway and Marine Parade at Kirra. Use Translink's journey planner to plot your trip to the beach.
Active travel: Use our Walking and cycling guides for the Southern Gold Coast and surrounds to plan your walk, run or bike ride to the beach.