Australians are spoilt for choice when it comes to finding a favourite place on the sand by the waves. But while beach lovers tend to flock to well-known haunts like Noosa and Byron Bay, there are a host of beaches that are just as good, if not better.

One of these undiscovered gems is Kirra, on Queensland’s Gold Coast. Not nearly as busy as Surfer’s Paradise or Burleigh Heads, Kirra is the quieter southern sister of nearby tourist destinations.

The neighbourhood’s beaches are family-friendly and attract up to 50,000 people each year. Surfers, including the likes of Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson, love Kirra for its amazing surf breaks. Kirra Point, which separates Kirra Beach to the north and Coolangatta Beach to the south, is part of the World Surf Reserve.

Nearby Snapper Rocks is an iconic surf spot. Photo: iStock

Kirra’s reputation as a relaxed holiday spot makes it the perfect setting for a new beachfront development. Set to add a contemporary sheen to the beachside hamlet, Miles Residences will house 118 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments designed by architects Woods Bagot.

Many know it as the redevelopment of the former Kirra Beach Hotel site, which was one of the Gold Coast’s most popular watering holes.

Views from the new apartment building will take in Surfers Paradise, Coolangatta and Snapper Rocks, plus the Gold Coast hinterland.

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Miles Residences is set to add a contemporary sheen to the beachside hamlet. Photo: KTQ Group

Tippi Oberman, the owner of Tupe-Aloha bar and restaurant, says the development is bound to bring more customers and residents to Kirra’s shores.

“It’s ready for a change and for more people to come here, so I think it’s going to be amazing,” she says.

With live music, taco Tuesdays and happy hour on Sundays, Tupe-Aloha specialises in Americana food and is a favourite with all ages.

In the seven years since opening her eatery, Oberman has watched the beachside town grow and more young families move into the area.

View of Coolangatta beach and Snapper Rocks from Kirra Point Lookout, Gold Coast
Coolangatta beach and Snapper Rocks from Kirra Point Lookout. Photo: iStock

“People appreciate how magical it is down here,” she says. “Our beaches are beautiful. It’s not nearly as hectic as Surfers and Broadbeach. And it’s good for people who come up from Sydney and Melbourne because it’s just one minute from the airport.

“Where else can you live where you can jump off a plane and put your flip flops on and take the city pace off and have a few beers at the surf clubs, walk around the point, watch the sunset at Rainbow Bay and walk on back? It’s just awesome.”

Kirra is a beachside neighbourhood within the suburb of Coolangatta, where the average unit price is $600,000. Domain statistics show the price has risen by 3.4 per cent in the 12 months to February this year.

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The former Kirra Beach Hotel site is undergoing a transformation. Photo: KTQ Group

It reflects Kirra’s increasing popularity and affordability – the median unit price in nearby Burleigh Heads is $900,000 and next door in Bilinga it’s $705,000.

Prices at Miles Residences start at $545,000 for one-bedroom apartments and $795,000 for two-bedroom apartments. The properties have sold quickly with 75 purchased in two months, says Tim Keenan, director of property sales agency Keenan & Co.

“The southern Gold Coast itself is going off at the moment,” he says. “In general the shift has happened with COVID and I think people really want an alternative to major capital living.

“Kirra still has it’s old-town charm and community, but it will soon have this beautiful building and retail spaces that are really going to change the face of it in a really positive and beautiful manner.”

To complement Kirra’s north-facing beaches, Miles Residences will feature a 25-metre pool and sun deck on the third level overlooking the beach.

The new hotel and retail spaces beneath the apartment tower will be designed by Technē Architecture and Interior Design.



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By Charlotte Campbell (Surfer's Paradise)

Charlotte Campbell (Surfer's Paradise)