Your Guide to Exploring Kirra Beaches

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Kirra Point is positioned for a modern beach safari. 

The sands in and around the Point form part of a 20 kilometre stretch of beaches that are renowned worldwide for surf breaks, rock pools and endless golden sands.

Re-live the pure joy and innocence of days exploring the sand for shells. Build sand castle cities. Splash in the sea. Make all new memories.

Learn to surf on one of the most iconic surf beaches in the world or simply forget the everyday and indulge in the great holiday pleasure of a beach day.

Which Kirra Beach will be your favourite?


Kirra Beach Walk

Kirra Beach

Just across the road

One of the greatest beauties of Kirra Point’s stunning location is that Kirra Beach is just across the road. And it’s a rare north-facing beach!

Searching for the best Kirra surf? You found it! 

Kirra Beach is an icon amongst iconic beaches and home to one of the longest right hand surf breaks in the world. All thanks to the famous ‘Superbank’. 

Forming from the beach’s rock headland, this consistent and high quality wave has helped train three time World Champions like Mick Fanning and is now part of the world surf reserve. 

Outside of the surf, Kirra Beach’s perfect curve creates pockets of calm, protected waters for family swimming days full of imaginary games of mermaids and pirates.

Just off the sand, a wooden boardwalk that wraps around the headland makes for a beautiful walk, taking in views of crystal clear ocean panoramas.

Kirra Beach is forever our local. But the convenience of dusting the sand off your feet and walking back over the road to your room and the lure of infamous waves also put it at the top of our list.


Coolangatta Beach

Coolangatta Beach

15 minutes walk

The suburb of Coolangatta was named for the schooner that was wrecked off its shores in 1846. 

Today, Coolangatta Beach’s rolling grass hills, pandanus trees, smooth rocks and clear ocean lure beach lovers from around the world. 

Coolangatta Beach is a long stretch of sand that is sheltered thanks to its north facing orientation.

The southern end of the beach is popular for its beach volleyball courts, rock hopping and shady spaces to lay down your towel. 

Coolangatta Beach is also home to one of Australia’s most legendary, surf-based sporting competitions, the annual Coolangatta Gold Surf Life Saving Competition. 

This beach has such a strong surf-sport legacy that you’ll find pink-clad Nippers - children learning essential surf skills - honing their technique every weekend in summer.

Greenmount Beach

19 minutes walk/4 minutes drive

Greenmount Beach is another celebrated Kirra surfing hotspot. 

Boasting easy sand bottomed breaks with clean reliable barrel waves, you’ll find young and learner surfers practising their paddle and snap. 

Sheltered from southerly winds and patrolled year round, Greenmount Beach is popular for swimming. 

At the end of the beach, Greenmount Point forms a headland named by its Irish founders. It hosts the Rainbow Bay Lookout and Pat Fagan Park. Watch out for bearded dragons, bush turkeys or even the occasional wedding on your walk. 

Add a little history to your beach day by visiting Queensland’s first surf club. Greenmount Beach Surf Club was opened in 1911. Enjoy a lunch on the deck while watching the surfers at play.


Rainbow Bay Beach

Rainbow Bay Beach

26 minutes walk/6 minutes drive

If you’re searching for a Kirra beach that even the youngest members of the family will enjoy, Rainbow Bay Beach is the answer. 

Bring the camera because this picturesque stretch of pristine, milky white sand lined with towering Norfolk Pines is begging to be the backdrop of holiday snaps you’ll want to frame. 

Positioned at the southern end of the Gold Coast, Rainbow Bay Beach is sheltered from southerly breezes.

Its shallow sand bank creates a safe swimming area that’s close to shore and ever-popular with families.

Snapper Rocks

30 minutes walk/7 minutes drive

Kirra surfing is all about consistent, world-class breaks. Snapper Rocks is home to one of the most renowned and regularly spectacular waves in the world. 

It’s so good, in fact, that it hosts the annual World Surf Leagues’ Quiksilver and Roxy Pro events. The world’s best male and female surfers come together to battle it out in a competition of tricks, technique and style. 

Those same waves could be your playground. 

Snapper Rocks itself is a small and unassuming beach, a rocky outcrop on the northern side of Point Danger. 

Access the beach by a wooden boardwalk and explore the natural rock pools for hermit crabs and tiny fish trapped by the tide, or join the locals in the cool calm waters for a refreshing swim. 

Don’t forget to visit the Rainbow Bay Surf Club, it offers one of the best views of Snapper Rocks’ epic break.


Currumbin Creek

Currumbin Creek

25 minutes drive

A short drive from your Kirra Point room, Currumbin Creek is well worth a daytrip. Paddle. Cuddle. Swim. Climb. This Kirra Beach has something for everyone. 

You’ll first spot the pristine calm estuary when you drive over Currumbin Bridge on the Gold Coast Highway. 

Stop in at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and create some family memories testing your courage on the tree top challenge. Watch the grace of native hawks and eagles at the WildSkies show. 

Meet resident Australian bilbies, echidnas, crocodiles, koalas and other international species like the capybara. 

Grab some lunch at a creekside cafe or the local surf club before hitting the sand. 

Lovingly called ‘The Alley’ by locals, Currumbin Creek offers the perfect beach for beginner surfers or families that seek a chilled out coastal atmosphere. 

Hire a kayak or paddle board and glide along the calm waters, spotting sea life below. 

Put your walking shoes on and climb the steps up to Elephant Rock and take in sweeping views from Surfers Paradise to Coolangatta. The well-known rock formation is the remains of ancient volcanic activity. 

After a day of wildlife, beach fun and walks - everyone will sleep well.

Froggies Beach

32 minutes walk/6 minutes drive

Searching for a Kirra beach that’s on the quieter side? You found it.

A small and perfectly formed cove located in the south of Snapper Rocks, Froggies Beach is the locals’ favourite place to soak up the sun away from the crowds. 

You’ll know you’ve found the right beach when you find the green frog painted on the rocks, watching over the beach.

This small beach isn’t patrolled but is naturally sheltered from the wind and often calm and tranquil. 

Aside from dipping in the crystal clear ocean, you’ll also find secluded rock pools to explore. 

Froggies Beach has a boardwalk that snakes around the sand and up to Point Danger Headland. In the winter months, you’ll be able to spot migrating whales breaching, fin and tail slapping and teaching their calves how to live their best whale lives.

Tugun Beach

55 minutes walk/8 minutes drive

Historians believe that the name Tugun is derived from an Indigenous word meaning ‘breaking waves’. But today, many of the locals simply refer to it as ‘Tugz’ (pronounced Choogs) for short. 

Tugun Beach has a wonderfully unapologetic 1970’s charm about it that will make you want to grab a malted shake from one of the cafes and sip it on the beach. 

With stunning Surfers Paradise views on the skyline, expansive breaks roll into Tugun Beach, forming part of the World Surfing Reserve. 

These quality breaks, known by the locals as Flat Rock, are lovingly nourished by favourable winds. 

At the northern end of the beach, Flat Rock Creek runs through a shady park and into the ocean, flanked by horsetail she-oaks and sand dunes. It’s a beautiful place to explore or lay down your towel and build some sand castles. 

Is there any better way to finish the day then with sand in your toes and saltwater in your hair? 

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