Kirra beach (1598) is tucked in at the southern end of the beach, wedged in between the highway and the two groynes and at times cut off to the north by the exposed sea wall. Kirra Beach is the most protected, north facing part of the beach, with the waves... Read more
Kirra beach (1598) is tucked in at the southern end of the beach, wedged in between the highway and the two groynes and at times cut off to the north by the exposed sea wall. Kirra Beach is the most protected, north facing part of the beach, with the waves further lowered by the Greenmount groyne. The Kirra Surf Life Saving Club is the oldest on the beach, being established in 1916. Today the 300 m long beach and club house share a patch of land between the road and the beach with a kiosk and car park.
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.
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 (Fig. 4.167).
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.
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.Read less
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.
General Hazard Rating: 4/10 (Moderately hazardous)
Beach Key: qld1598