Burleigh Heads, Qld: Destination Guide

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Located on Queensland’s Gold Coast, Burleigh Heads is a caravanner’s dream destination.

Read to on discover the best things to see and do in Burleigh Heads, or find and book accommodation in Burleigh Heads today.

About Burleigh Heads

Burleigh is a village, rather than a flesh-spot or theme centre. The Burleigh Headland was formed between 20 and 23 million years ago from molten lava that flowed from the Mount Warning area in the Tweed River hinterland and the area much later became home to the Kombumerri people, whose Aboriginal origins stretch back thousands of years.

However, Burleigh Heads first became popular with white Australians in the last years of the 19th century when sea bathing became popular and it has been the centre of beach activities since.

Things to do

Fabulous beaches, with toe-immersing, clean, light yellow sand, and excellent food and coffee from nearby shops and kiosks blend perfectly on a warm sunny day – things the Gold Coast is famous for.

On weekends, you can wander around the great weekend art and craft markets. And you can sample the local cuisine in one of the many beachfront cafes and restaurants any day of the week.

Surfing is of course the biggest drawcard of Burleigh Heads, with this coastal town often hosting the Quicksilver Pro, one of the world’s top surfing events. Be sure to grab a board and tackle the world famous waves!


Walking tracks

The ocean-view walk around the rocky headland to Tallebudgera Creek takes you past the pandanus groves, tussock grassland, coastal heath, mangroves and the tumbled masses of six-sided basalt columns.

Alternatively, take the inland path and explore the rainforest circuit, wandering through a living museum of plants. Then in winter and spring watch for humpback whales from Tumgun Lookout.

Getting there

Burleigh Heads is located on the Gold Coast Highway, 15km north of Coolangatta at the southern end of Queensland’s Gold Coast.

By car

Burleigh Heads is located approximately 90km south of Brisbane via the Pacific Motorway and 837km north of Sydney via the Pacific Highway.

Where to stay

Burleigh Heads boasts two great caravan parks, one just a minute’s walk from the magnificent, well-patrolled Burleigh Heads Beach and its world-famous surf break, and the other on the Tallebudgera Inlet, with its family-safe swimming, both in the river itself or in the superb, fence-enclosed park lagoon.

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