- 28 Jan
1 Coolangatta Beach
Coolangatta 4225, QLD
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 (Fig. 4.166). 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.