Kinka Beach is ten km south-east of Yeppoon and six km north-west of Emu Park. It is thought that the name was derived from an Aboriginal word describing an owl or mopoke. Now a beach-side village, the place was known only as Kinka when a stopping place on the railway line (1888) from Rockhampton to Emu Park. Queensland Archives has a record of a primary school (c1913-36).

Kinka was the site of an unsuccessful subdivision project in the late 1950s. While the railway provided access to Kinka until its closure in 1964, the lack of a paved coast road held back settlement. A sealed road was opened in 1965.

Kinka Beach looks out to Great Keppel Island. It has the Coolwaters Holiday Village, a caravan park, a motel and a shop. Its census populations have been:

census datepopulation
2006621
2011629

The median age of residents at the 2011 census was 54 years (Australia 37 years).

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