Kirra Beach Gold Coast: Best Visitors Guide 2024 (UPDATED)

World Class Surfing Beach in South East Queensland


Kirra Beach Gold Coast Visitor Guide


Table of Contents

To ensure this post is easy for you to follow, I have set up this article about Kirra Beach Gold Coast into the following sections:

1. Introduction
2. Where is Kirra Beach Gold Coast?
3. Best Time To Visit Kirra Beach Gold Coast
4. What Facilities do they have at Kirra Beach Gold Coast?
5. How to get to Kirra Beach Gold Coast
6. Things to do at Kirra Beach Gold Coast
7. Kirra Beach Gold Coast Accommodation
8. Where to Eat at Kirra Beach
9. Final Thought
10. FAQs

I hope my review provides you with the inspiration to pay a visit this fabulous Gold Coast beach!

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Kirra Beach Gold Coast has been a popular Queensland beach holiday hotspot for over 100 years. Well known for its gorgeous stretch of golden sand and shimmering deep blue water, the region is recognised as the home of one of the Sunshine State’s best-loved pastimes – surfing.

This charming southern suburb is a place where people-watching comes to the fore. Whether it’s the surfers riding breaking waves on the Coral Sea, tourists sipping lattes al fresco style at a sun-kissed cafe, or locals zipping about on their bicycles, the vibe here is laid-back and relaxed.

As well as swimming, surfing, sunbathing and playing ball sports on the beach, you can brunch at one of the area’s buzzy cafes or shop in several quaint boutique stores. You’ll also find high-rise hotels and holiday apartments aplenty here, providing stunning views and every type of Gold Coast accommodation you could wish for. But nestled amongst them, you’ll also discover charming weatherboard shacks that speak of the suburb’s history and character.

When not on the beach, the local surf club is a terrific place to enjoy a beer or a meal on its sunny deck. Alternatively, head up to Kirra Hill, to take in an incredible Queensland sunrise or sunset. You might even spot whales frolicking in the distance if you come at the right time of year.


The best time to visit Kirra Beach Gold Coast very much depends on what you want to do when you want to visit there.


Where is Kirra Beach Gold Coast?

Kirra Beach Gold Coast is one of many excellent beach-side districts in Coolangatta. It is located just a couple of minutes drive from the Gold Coast airport, which can be accessed via Musgrave Street. Indeed the airport is so close, many tourists head here for a last minute spot of sunbathing or a dip in the Coral Sea before walking to the airport!

The beach is located less than a kilometre from Coolangatta beach and about 30 km south of Surfer’s Paradise. It is also less than 2.5km from Tweed Heads in New South Wales and about 102 km north of Queensland’s state capital, Brisbane.


Distance from other Gold Coast beaches to Kirra
- Surfer's Paradise (31km)
- Main Beach (33km)
- Greenmount Beach (1.2km)
- Currumbin (6km)
- Nobbys Beach (16km)
- Mermaid Beach (174km)
- Rainbow Bay (1.7km)
- Palm Beach (7.5km)
- Miami (14km)
- Burleigh Heads (17.4km)
- Tallebudgera Creek (16km)
- Coolangatta (1km)
- Broadbeach (19km)


Best Time To Visit Kirra Beach Gold Coast

The best time to visit Kirra Beach Gold Coast very much depends on what you want to do when you want to visit there. As it is a family-friendly beach, the school holidays represent an excellent time to visit it. However, you definitely won’t be alone at this time as the beach gets very crowded. Bear in mind it is also busy on public holidays and weekends, especially around 10 am until about 4 pm.

If you are after lazy days in the hot sun, the period between October to April and in particular the summer months of December to February are perfect. Just remember to put on a hat and plenty of sunscreen and drink lots of water.

For those wanting to surf, the waves have a consistent swell at most times throughout the year. However, most surfers agree that autumn and winter represent the best times to venture into the water. This time of year is also very good if you want to go for a beach walk as the sun isn’t so hot (but pleasant enough).

Ultimately, it doesn’t matter when you go to Kirra Beach Gold Coast, as the beach is fabulous all year round. That said, personally, my favourite time to visit there is in Late November or February and March. At this time, the weather is usually glorious, the beach is relatively quiet and you should not have much trouble getting a parking space.


Kirra Beach Gold Coast Beach View


What Facilities do they have at Kirra Beach Gold Coast?

Kirra Beach Gold Coast is flanked by a convenient walkway and lush parklands where people walk, jog, skateboard and cycle. Throughout this area you will find a range of facilities for beachgoers and the general public to use, including toilets and outdoor showers, shade structures, barbecues and tables. This makes it much easier to be able to spend a whole day on the sand or grass.

Right along the pathway, you should also find electric bikes that can take you anywhere you want to go, more quickly than you otherwise would be able to if you were walking.

Whilst you are swimming in the Coral Sea, you will be watched out for by surf-lifesavers from the Kirra Surf Life Saving Club, who are based within the Kirra Beach Pavilion, a heritage-listed building. They are one of the oldest surf clubs on the Gold Coast.


Kirra Beach Gold Coast is an easy destination to drive to via either the M1 or Gold Coast highway.


How to get to Kirra Beach Gold Coast

Whether you are coming from Brisbane or the Sunshine Coast and beyond to the north of it or Byron Bay or further to the south of it, Kirra Beach Gold Coast is an easy destination to drive to via either the M1 or Gold Coast highway. There is plenty of signage that will direct you to Coolangatta which is right next door to it.

If you don’t have a car you can catch a Translink bus from various destinations in the surrounding area and beyond that will drop you very close to the beach. Alternatively you can catch an Uber or walk there from Coolangatta Beach.

Should you need to fly into the area, several airlines including Qantas, Jetstar and Bonza leave and depart from the Gold Coast and Brisbane airports. From there you can catch a taxi or bus to the beach.


Distance to other Queensland destinations
- Brisbane (102km)
- Redcliffe (134km)
- Mooloolaba (202km)
- Hervey Bay (390km)
- Agnes Water (579km)
- Yeppoon (777km)
- Mackay (1072km)
- Mission Beach (1688km)
- Toowoomba (205km)
- Townsville (1454km)
- Cairns (1800km)
- Longreach (1257km)
- Bargara (475km)


Things to do at Kirra Beach Gold Coast

You certainly won’t be bored at Kirra Beach Gold Coast because there is so much to see and do, not just in terms of activities on the beach, but also sites just a short distance from it.

The main drawcard here is undoubtedly surfing. Kirra is often referred to as the ‘spiritual home of surfing’ in Australia. The area has been designated part of the World Surf Reserve and is home to the iconic ‘Superbank’ at Kirra Point, one of the longest right-handers you could ever hope to see.

It is also close to the famous Snapper Rocks and Point Danger, and accommodates the world renowned Kirra Surfriders Club, whose most famous sun is arguably the three-time surfing World Champion, Mick Fanning. If you want to follow in his footsteps you can take lessons right on the beach.

If surfing destinations and watching the pros take part in surfing competitions don’t ordinarily excite you, fear not. Kirra Beach Gold Coast is also a terrific place for swimming, beach walking, beachcombing, sunbathing or boogie-boarding. From time to time people go out wakeboarding or kayaking and you may even see the occasional water skier.

Away from the beach, a popular thing to do is take a scenic flight over the elongated coastline. You will get a terrific view of the region’s skyline and the long stretch of sand if you take to the air with Gold Coast Adventure Flights. Alternatively, you could check out the view whilst skydiving.

If you would prefer something a little more grounded, there are plenty of spa, massage and wellness services available just a short distance from the Kirra boardwalk, while your kids will enjoy a visit to Timezone in nearby Coolangatta. Additionally, there are plenty of boutique shops and occasional beachfront markets to provide you with some retail therapy.

Should you fancy going for a coastal walk up to the Kirra Hill Lookout, you should take the opportunity to go whale watching if you find yourself in the area between June and October.


Coral Sea view at Kirra Beach Gold Coast Queensland Australia


Kirra Beach Gold Coast Accommodation

In the area in and around Kirra Beach Gold Coast you will find plenty of accommodation options. Predominantly these are holiday apartments and Air bnb properties. However, you will also find larger hotels and resorts in nearby Coolangatta.

Overall, you should have no trouble find something suitable for your needs, although be mindful that many of these places book out well in advance – especially during school and public holidays and at weekends. However, some of the best places to consider include the following:

Beach Houses Holiday Villas

Situated just 500 metres from the golden sands at Kirra, the Beach Houses Holiday Villas offers comfortable accommodation with excellent sea views. It also offers free private parking – which is very handy in Kirra – and free WiFi.


Kirra Waves

At Kirra Waves, you will be able to stay at fabulous beachfront accommodation that has excellent balconies which allow you to relax and enjoy the views. It also has a swimming pool, lovely garden and free on-site parking.


Nirvana by the Sea

Overlooking the gorgeous glowing sands of Kirra Beach Gold Coast, Nirvana by the Sea is perfect for those wanting deluxe apartments that are set up for self-catering. They possess fully equipped kitchens, air conditioning and an excellent range of modern amenities.


Kirra Beach Apartments

Nestled within beautiful grounds that reside direct opposite the main beach, the Kirra Beach Apartments is the perfect spot for those wanting close proximity to one of Queensland’s best beaches. Each apartment is equipped with a private balcony which allows you to soak in the wonderful views of the Coral Sea, nice kitchen facilities and comfortable bedrooms.


Iconic Kirra Beach Resort

Set just 100 metres from the sand, the Iconic Kirra Beach Resort makes a wonderful base for your southern Gold Coast holiday. As well as well-appointed rooms, the property features a restaurant, outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre and free private parking.


One of my favourite places to eat is the Kirra Beach Surf Club.


Where to Eat at Kirra Beach

When it comes to food options, Kirra Beach and the wider Coolangatta area have a good range of dining options to suit all taste buds. Whether you are looking for a quick brekkie on-the-go, a long and lazy brunch or an upscale dinner you can choose from several outstanding venues.

One of my favourite places to eat is the Kirra Beach Surf Club. This family friendly venue offers an excellent breakfast, lunch and dinner menu which includes burgers, pastas and main pub meals that come in hearty portions.

If you love Thai food, check out Lam Lam Delicate Thai. Their Pad Thai is superb and the range of curries they offer has a terrific balance between spice and flavour. Elsewhere, Xenia is a top choice for those who fancy a nice Greek meal, while OSushi Coolangatta serves up an accomplished menu which presents their take on Japanese classic dishes.

For a healthy breakfast, HiPoke Kirra offers a great range of poke bowls that will set you up perfectly for the day. Meanwhile, if you are after a juicy and delicious burger you can’t go wrong with St Helens Bar & Burgers.


Best Restaurants near Kirra Beach Gold Coast
- St Helens Bar & Burgers (USA)
- Kirra Beach Surf Club (Australian)
- HiPoke Kirra (Hawaiian)
- Rama 5 (Asian)
- Bread and Butter (Italian)
- OSushi Coolangatta (Japanese)
- Xenia (Greek)
- Lam Lam Delicate Thai (Thai)
- Kirra Beach Hotel (Australian)
- Latin Roots Areperia (Latin)
- Tupe-Aloha (Hawaiian/Mexican)
- Haig St Kirra (Australian)
- Pizza District (Italian)


Final Thought

Overall, Kirra Beach on the Gold Coast of Queensland is a captivating destination, which combines a natural beauty and laid-back atmosphere, with a good range of family-friendly activities and amenities.

If you fancy a day of fun or a longer holiday at a thrilling Gold Coast beach, I can’t recommend Kirra highly enough. Just make sure you get here early, as you’ll want to spend all day here.


Lovely day at Kirra Beach Gold Coast Queensland



What suburb is Kirra Beach in?

Kirra Beach is a lovely sea-side neighbourhood which resides in the suburb of Coolangatta within the City of Gold Coast in South East Queensland, Australia.


What is Kirra Beach known for?

Kirra Beach is one of the most popular of all Queensland beaches. As a holiday spot, it gained popularity in the 1990s, largely due to its big stretch of pristine sand which is offset by gorgeous deep blue waters. In recent times it has become recognised as the spiritual home of surfing - at least on the Gold Coast anyway. You'll see surfers spend many hours riding the waves here.


Can you swim at Kirra Beach?

Overall, Kirra Beach is a relatively safe beach to swim on as it has low waves and generally no rips that are close to shore. The beach is patrolled by the Kirra Surf Life Saving Club.


Is Kirra Beach Busy?

In the height of the summer and sometimes around Easter, Kirra Beach can get very busy. However, at other times of the year it is not as busy as other beaches on the Gold Coast. So it is a good option for those looking for a family-friendly beach.


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