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Kirra Beach

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 times men’s World Surf League Champion, Mick Fanning, is the marquee star of the famed Kirra Surfriders Club.

Beach safety – swim between the flags at one of our patrolled lifeguard towers

Make sure you swim between the red and yellow flags, which indicate that the beach is patrolled.

Kirra has two patrolled lifeguard towers:

  1. Marine Parade, at Kirra Surf Life Saving Club (15 Marine Parade, Coolangatta). Patrolled between 8am and 5pm every day, between November and April.
  2. Pacific Parade and Lang Street, at North Kirra Surf Life Saving Club . Patrolled between 8am and 5pm every day, between November and April.

Note: all beaches are patrolled during Queensland school holidays. For more details, download our beach patrol information sheet.

Beach closures

For details of beach closures and water quality information, visit the “Alerts” page of our Media Centre or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Beach projects

For information about current coastal management projects, see our Beach projects page.

Beach weddings

There is no charge to hold your wedding ceremony on one of our beaches however it does need to be approved by the City.

Find out more, including how to apply for approval, on our Beach weddings page.


Getting there

Parking: There is a car park at the surf club and plenty of on-street parking available in side streets. Please make sure that you take note of any applicable parking signs and/or line markings before heading to the beach.

Note: Be aware that 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 walk and cycle guide for the Southern Gold Coast and surrounds to plan your walk, run or bike ride to the beach.


Kirra Point is strictly for experienced board riders only when big swells are running, but the break further north is suitable for intermediate board riders. Visit our beach cameras page for the latest beach conditions.

What’s allowed on Gold Coast beaches?

Dogs are allowed on a leash on most Gold Coast beaches, but not within 200 metres of flagged areas. If you’d like to take your dog to an off-leash beach exercise area, see our off leash dog exercise areas for Main Beach/The Spit, Tallebudgera and Palm Beach for more information.

Our What’s allowed on Gold Coast beaches? page provides a summary of other activities that are/aren’t allowed.

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