Tugun-kirra - Beach in Bilinga Gold Coast QLD - SLS Beachsafe

Tugun-kirra

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Tugun-Kirra Beach (1597) continues on past Flat Rock for 4.5 km to the Kirra groyne. It faces north-east for most of its length, swinging around to face north at Kirra Beach. It receives waves averaging 1.5 m at Tugun, which drop to around 1 m at North Kirra and 0.5... Read more

Tugun-Kirra Beach (1597) continues on past Flat Rock for 4.5 km to the Kirra groyne. It faces north-east for most of its length, swinging around to face north at Kirra Beach. It receives waves averaging 1.5 m at Tugun, which drop to around 1 m at North Kirra and 0.5 to 1 m at Kirra Beach. The waves produce a 200 m wide double bar system for the entire length, however the inner bar changes as the wave height drops. At Tugun the inner bar is attached to the beach and cut by rips every 200 to 300 m. At North Kirra the bar is attached but rips are less frequent, while at Kirra the bar at times welds to the beach, producing a steep, barless beach. The deep trough runs the length of the entire beach, with the outer bar offshore. This bar can be seen running past Kirra Point, where it helps produce the famous surfing break. It is cut by more widely spaced rips, with a strong permanent rip against the northern Elephant Rock.

Swimming

Swimming conditions vary along the beach. Conditions are most hazardous at the Flat Rock and Tugun end owing to the prevalence of rip channels across the inner bar, together with the strong permanent rip against Elephant Rock and smaller rips that can form either side of Flat Rock. The patrolled area at the Tugun Surf Club is the best place to swim. At Bilinga and North Kirra the rips are less frequent, but a deep trough usually parallels the beach. Kirra Beach is the safest, with the lowest waves and usually no rips close to shore. However there is still a deep trough off the beach, with a current often sweeping north past the groyne.

Surfing

There are beach breaks along most of the beach, which to the south are better on the outer bar. The prime surfing spot is Kirra Point, famous for its long right-handers breaking over a sand bar produced in part by the Greenmount groyne.

Fishing

There is good beach fishing right along the beach, into the rip holes along the northern end and straight into the longshore trough toward the south. In addition you can fish off the Kirra and Greenmount groynes and, when the beach is eroded, straight off the Kirra seawall.

General

This is a long beach that changes its character from north to south. It has also suffered from beach erosion, resulting in the construction of seawalls and groynes and requiring massive beach nourishment every few years.

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TODAY'S UPDATE

Weather
21°C
Water
21°C
UV Rating
8 / 11

Hazards

Hazards

Bluebottles
Bluebottles
Topographic rips
Topographic rips

Strong Currents

Information Symbols

Formal parking area
Toilets
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Groyne
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Saturday, 26 Sep 5:42

SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.


Bilinga, QLD 4225
Includes beaches: Tugun, Bilinga, North Kirra
Length: 0km
General Hazard Rating: 6/10 (Moderately hazardous)
Beach Key: qld1597