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Kirra Surf Life Saving Club Kirra Beach circa 1946.jpg
Kirra Surf Life Saving Club, Circa 1946
Kirra is located in Queensland
Location in Queensland
Postcode(s) 4225
LGA(s) City of Gold Coast
State electorate(s) Currumbin
Federal Division(s) McPherson

Kirra is a beach-side neighbourhood within the suburb of Coolangatta in the City of Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.

Kirra time-line

  • Prior to 1840 — Kirra is not known by its current name and is rarely visited by white settlers.
  • 1840-1910 — The first white holiday-makers start to visit.
  • 1910-1920 — Holiday-makers increase, making Kirra a popular recreational beach area.
  • 1930s — The opening of the south coast road increases the popularity of the southern Gold Coast as a holiday destination. Camping was very popular for families because Kirra had a long beach and a low-lying dune system.
  • 1960-early 1974 — The Tweed River breakwaters combine with a series of low-pressure weather systems to result in serious sand erosion. This brings the high-water level to just below the coastal road.
  • 1970s — Big Groyne built at Kirra's south end.
  • 1995 — 30 metres taken off Big Groyne to help fight erosion at Greenmount Beach.
  • 2001 — Start of Tweed River sand bypass project.
  • 2003 — Little Groyne completely buried in sand.
  • 2006 — Project launched by Griffith University Coastal Management Center to restore the beach

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