There are varying views on how Kirra came to be named.  One is that it was named after a boomerang, by Queensland Aborigines.  This is a strong possibility, as Kirra wraps around the bend between Coolangatta and Kirra beaches and in front of Kirra Hill, the iconic home of the large Eagle sculpture, which sits atop Kirra Hill and looks out to sea. 

Kirra is one of the Gold Coast’s most laid-back beach destinations, with the older style beach shack and flat mixed in with the newer apartment blocks.  There is a burgeoning café scene here, as well as the iconic Kirra Beach Hotel, which has been trading for more than 50 years.  The Kirra Surf Club also offers great meals along with one of the best views on the coast.

The headland, Kirra Point, is noted as one of the world's premier surf breaks.  Kirra beach is a patrolled beach and is a great place for a family to kick back and relax.

North Kirra sits just north of Kirra and has it's own Surf Life Saving Club, with the beach patrolled at weekends.  The SLSC was established in 1949 due to concerns that there was no patrol service on the long stretch from Kirra to Bilinga.

There is good beach fishing right along the beach, into rip holes along the northern end and into the longshore trough toward the south.