Kirra / North Kirra

Kirra / North Kirra aerial view

Kirra is a famous point break that attracts experienced surfers from around the world when the swell is up. The beach tends to be wide and quieter than the other southern beaches.

Swimming

Kirra Beach patrolled areas include:

  • Tower 4 – Kirra, Marine Parade, near Kirra Surf Life Saving Club
    Patrolled by lifeguards between 8am and 5pm, every day, year round
  • Tower 5 – North Kirra, Pacific Parade / Lang Street, near North Kirra Surf Life Saving Club
    Patrolled by lifeguards between 8am and 5pm, every day between November and April and during school holidays

Make sure you swim in the patrolled area between the red and yellow flags.

Surfing

Kirra Point is part of the World Surf Reserve and is a popular with experienced board riders when big swells are running, producing a long, hollow, barrelling wave. When the swell is smaller, the break further north is suitable for intermediate board riders. Surfers should always assess conditions. If in doubt, don't paddle out. For more information, visit our Surfing page.

Facilities

To view the facilities available at this beach including accessibility features, use our interactive map.

Getting there

Public transport Translink buses run along the Gold Coast Highway and Marine Parade at Kirra. Plan your trip using Translink's journey planner.
Active travel Walk, run or bike ride to the beach. Plan your trip using our walking and cycling maps.
Parking There are carparks at the Kirra and North Kirra Surf Clubs. On-street parking is available in surrounding streets. Take note of parking signs and/or line markings before heading to the beach.

About Kirra / North Kirra Beaches

Kirra is the spiritual home of surfing on the Gold Coast. 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.

Both Kirra and North Kirra are surrounded by parklands that contain toilets, barbecues, tables, shade structures and beach showers. The oceanway runs next to the beach for walkers, cyclists and skateboarders wanting to check the surf, get some exercise or take in the views. Kirra Beach is also close to a retail and commercial area, with several restaurants and cafés.