Much confusion has often existed around where Kirra ends and Coolangatta begins, but Kirra locals will all tell you that their home suburb has a distinct vibe that makes it easily distinguishable from its larger, southern neighbour.
Kirra is without a doubt the Gold Coast’s most popular natural playground. Its world-famous surf break – which is protected by the World Surfing Reserve – has drawn attention from global surfing superstars, and it’s rare to look out to the horizon and not see at least a couple of figures bobbing around waiting for the next break. Speaking of surf watching, the Kirra Hill Lookout is one of the best spots to take in the full expanse of the Gold Coast to the north or peak across the New South Wales border to the south – take some food up there for a sunset barbeque for the ultimate ‘dinner with a view’. For the adventurers, the only better way to see Kirra – and the rest of the Gold Coast – is from above, and it’s little surprise that Gold Coast Skydive chose this spot in particular to base their operation. The views are seriously unbeatable. Below sea level, explore Kirra Reef either by snorkelling or scuba diving, and discover what keeps not just tourists, but stingrays, wobbegongs and blind sharks coming back for more.
Kirra may be small, but its mighty menu of breakfast, lunch and dinner offerings make it more than worth the trip. Pun and dessert lovers alike will love Kirramisu – the café that’s been serving up delicious, family-friendly meals and a laidback surf culture since 2007. At the point, Baskk has become a bit of a hotspot (particularly among millennials) for its pastel colours, stunning view and mouth-watering lunch and dinner delicacies that cover everything from Mediterranean share platters to Asian entrees. Their killer cocktail list will have you lingering long after the empty plates have been cleared, too. But if it’s a nostalgic Kirra dining experience you’re after, then you can’t go past the Kirra Beach Hotel. For 50 years, this establishment has been serving up ice-cold beer, classic surf club meals and sweeping views of the Gold Coast and that world-famous surf break.
To go alongside its pumping surf culture, Kirra offers a selection of popular surf shops that are definitely worth paying a visit to. Whether you’re looking to add a new board to your arsenal or need one in a pinch to get out onto a particularly tempting surf break, HSD Kirra is your go-to. Surfboards are obviously their specialty, and they offer an impressive collection at a range of prices so that you’re sure to find the one you’re looking for. Similarly, Kirra Surf – the local branch of Surf Dive ‘n’ Ski – sells both surfboards and surf apparel for men and women. If you’re looking for wares to keep on dry land, Cotton Living specialises in large living for small spaces. Their collection of beautiful homewares will turn any room in your house into an immaculately decorated tropical villa, and their home fragrances to make it smell like one, too.