Katherine Wagner is a Freelance Writer on the look-out for top adventure spots.
Published December 5th 2014
If you're looking for a Gold Coast holiday without the glitz and with plenty of nature and dining options, Kirra fits the bill.
This small surfing town used to be a sleepy suburb that we visited as kids. It's always been a surfing Mecca with pro surfing comps, but back in the day there was only a milk bar and Chinese restaurant. Now eclectic cafes and restaurants are cropping up, bringing more of a cosmopolitan vibe, without any pretense. So Kirra's still of my Goldie destinations of choice. Plus it's only five minutes' drive from the Gold Coast airport so you get off the plane and are at your accommodation before you know it. None of this mucking around with long shuttle bus rides or expensive cab fares.
Speaking of places to stay, last year we had a big family reunion holiday at the 4 star Kirra Beach Apartments, literally 50 metres across from the beach. Managers Dean and Sue kindly upgraded us to the western penthouse to give us extra room. We were actually shocked at the spaciousness. The balcony was so big that I didn't realise my dad was visiting one day as he was around the other side. The Western penthouse angle also gave us both hinterland and beach views so it was pure nature where ever you looked.
Recently I returned with my partner and we stayed in a two-bedroom apartment. The views were awesome again, beachfront paradise. My partner said it reminded him more of South Australia with its rocky coastline, turquoise pools and soft white sand. Along the 20 minute coastal walkway to Coolangatta and Rainbow Bay we encountered heaps of water dragons sunning themselves. So the surrounding nature really is wild.
After a day of walking and surfing, I found myself relaxing in the pool outdoor spa before heading out to dinner. There're a few great dining spots just a few minutes' walk away including Sala Thai and Bread and Butter Tapas Bar. For a smallish town were also impressed with the wine selection at Kirra Beach Hotel Cellars. We even found a French organic wine to help ward off allergies and a hangover.