Burleigh Heads

Population 7606

Burleigh Heads is a suburb of the Gold Coast and is situated between Coolangatta and the tourist mecca Surfers Paradise. It is known for its breathtaking scenery, highlighted by the stunning Burleigh Head National Park. The famed south-easterly swells and surrounding parklands make the beaches on Burleigh Heads some of the best in the world, attracting international surfing tournaments. The relaxed charm of Burleigh Heads can be enjoyed from under the beachside pines and pandanus palms or in a nearby restaurant overlooking the stunning Pacific Ocean.

Visitor Information

Shop 14B, Coolangatta Pl, Cnr Griffith and Warner sts, Coolangatta; 1300 309 440


Nearby national parks

  • Springbrook National Park

    A winding drive up into the Gold Coast hinterland leads to a pristine landscape of deep valleys, plunging waterfalls and dense rainforest in...more

  • Lamington National Park

    The World Heritage–listed Lamington National Park, cresting the McPherson Range, is renowned for its natural beauty, panoramic views,...more

  • Tamborine National Park

    The scenic Tamborine Mountain plateau and its surrounding foothills is the setting for this national park in the Gold Coast hinterland. Made...more

Nearby towns

  • Surfers Paradise

    Surfers Paradise is the Gold Coast’s signature settlement. The first big hotel was built here in the 1930s, among little more than a...more

  • Tweed Heads

    Tweed Heads is the state's northernmost town and – along with its twin town Coolangatta over the Queensland border – is a popular holiday...more

  • Nerang

    Nerang is in the Gold Coast hinterland. Today the town is much more similar in character to that dense urban strip of coast than to the...more

In Town

Burleigh Head National Park: take the 2.8 km Ocean View circuit to experience the coastal vegetation, rainforest and mangroves or go to Tumgun Lookout to watch for dolphins and humpback whales (seasonal); access from Goodwin Tce; 1300 130 372.

David Fleay Wildlife Park: displays Queensland's native animals in a natural setting with the only display of Lumholtz's tree kangaroo and mahogany gliders in the world. The park also has crocodile feeding in summer and Aboriginal-heritage programs; West Burleigh Rd.

Paramount Adventure Centre: enjoy a rush of adrenaline and adventure at the Gold Coast's largest adventure centre. Choose from indoor rock climbing, kayaking, mountain-biking or take part in a learn-to-surf program; Hutchinson St.


Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary This 20 ha reserve is owned by the National Trust. Read More

Springbrook National Park, Mt Cougal section This small section of the park contains a subtropical rainforest remnant and is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. Mt Cougal's twin peaks and the Currumbin Valley are an interesting and diverse landscape. There is a scenic drive through the valley and a walking track through rainforest, past cascades, to the remains of an old bush sawmill. End of Currumbin Creek Rd; 27 km SW. Springbrook and Natural Bridge sections: see Nerang.

Palm Beach: popular golden-sands beach that has won Queensland's Cleanest Beach Award in previous years; 4 km SE.

Superbee Honeyworld: live displays, Walks with Bees tour, honey making and sales; opposite sanctuary; 8 km SE.

Olson's Bird Gardens: large landscaped aviaries in subtropical setting with a lilly pilly hedge maze; Currumbin Creek Rd; 16 km SW.

Greenmount and Coolangatta beaches: sheltered white-sand beaches with beautiful views of the coast; 13 km SE.

Rainbow Bay: sheltered beach excellent for swimming. Walk along the coast to Snapper Rocks; 15 km SE.

Snapper Rocks: top surf area with the 'Superbank', one of the world's longest point breaks; 15 km SE.

Point Danger: named by Captain Cook as he sailed by. It offers excellent panoramic views over the ocean and coast. Catch a glimpse of dolphins from the Captain Cook Memorial Lighthouse; 15 km SE.

Tom Beaston Outlook (Razorback Lookout): excellent views; behind Tweed Heads; 16 km SE.

Fishing spots near town

Clarrie Hall Dam - Fishing Sub-region 43 km

Angling is a buzz when you are into a hot bite. It is also a buzz when discovering new territory or out hooking with other anglers, observing their methods and techniques on their home waters. So it was when I fished... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Tamborine Mountain Distillery 32 km

There is a multitude of chemical-free schnapps, gins and vodkas to try here, many of which come from the fruits grown on the farm. Try lemon myrtle vodka, the multifaceted choc’n’chili liqueur, forest... Find out more

Golf courses around town

The Glades Golf & Spa 9 km

Ask Greg Norman’s former chief designer Bob Harrison to name one course that makes him feel proud when he sees the final result, and chances are he’ll say The Glades. Upon joining the Gold Coast golfing... Find out more

Lakelands Golf Club 9 km

As a player, Jack Nicklaus was a regular visitor to Australia for more than two decades. He won six Australian Opens and inspired a generation of young Australians to take up golf. When his playing career began... Find out more

The Grand Golf Club 17 km

Think of the Gold Coast and flashing images spring to mind: beaches, theme parks, high-rise apartments, hordes of tourists. The Gold Coast hinterland has none of these, and could be thousands of miles away. The... Find out more

The Links, Hope Island 26 km

When Hope Island opened for play in 1993 it was a unique addition to Australia’s golfing landscape. Here was a links-style layout seemingly uprooted from Scotland and transplanted on to the sunny northern... Find out more

Sanctuary Cove Golf & Country Club (Pines course) 26 km

Sanctuary Cove’s Pines layout, designed by Arnold Palmer, has reigned for more than two decades as one of the Gold Coast’s best courses. At various stages during that time it has also ranked among the... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Vecchia Roma

A local favourite, the Vecchia has been in the Consalvi family for 30 years, serving fine Italian food. Choose from a variety of specials and wonderful crispy-crust pizza, which are also available as takeaways. Be... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Burleigh Brewing Company 4 km

Queensland has generally suffered from a dearth of craft breweries so the Burleigh Brewing Company is a welcome and relatively recent addition. Co-owner/brewer Brennan Fielding boasts considerable experience as a... Find out more

Mt Tamborine Brewery 31 km

One of Queensland’s more ambitious craft-brewing operations is at Mount Tamborine, in the Gold Coast hinterland. The 24-hectolitre microbrewery is the original plant used by the Bluetongue Brewery in Newcastle and... Find out more

Foster's Group (Yatala Brewery) 43 km

This brewery site, located at Yatala, midway between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, was established by the Power Brewing Company, which launched Powers Bitter in 1988. Four years later a joint venture between Powers and... Find out more

Campsites around town

Burleigh Beach Tourist Park

Set on a prime location directly opposite Burleigh Beach, this tourist park has 73 powered sites and 16 unpowered sites. Facilities include a modern amenities block, laundry, free wireless broadband access and tour desk.... Find out more

Main Beach Tourist Park 13 km

This large, busy tourist park – across the road from Main Beach and 2 min drive from Surfers Paradise – has 100 powered sites and an additional 24 ensuite powered sites. Facilities include a swimming pool,... Find out more

The Settlement camping area 21 km

The 11 well-defined sites at this newly established campsite are suitable for tents and campervans, but the area is not well shaded. Hikers should note that walking tracks near this site lead to the Gold Coast Hinterland... Find out more

Sharp Park River Bend Bush Camping 28 km

Only 30 min from the Gold Coast’s theme parks, this no-frills family site is split into 2 areas by the Coomera River. It's 4 km south of Canungra, which in turn is 27 km east of Beaudesert. Ideal for daytrips... Find out more

Binna Burra camping area 29 km

A south-east Queensland gem, this privately managed mountain-top site has long been a favourite with campers for its stunning panoramic views of the Numinbah Valley. Activities at Binna Burra include guided bushwalks,... Find out more

Bush camping areas (walk-in camping) 31 km

For experienced, self-sufficient campers with good navigational skills, there are 10 remote camping sites (Bithongabel, Darlington, Echo Point, Illinbah, Lost World Creek, Lost World Saddle, Point Lookout, Rat-a-tat,... Find out more

Green Mountains camping area 35 km

Close to O’Reillys Rainforest Resort, this hillside campground in forest surrounds has designated campsites on terraces on the slope and a separate area designated for those doing the Gold Coast Hinterland Great... Find out more

Mount Warning Rainforest Park 35 km

Surround yourself with lush and up-tempo rainforest and mountain streams in this verdant mid-north-coast holiday park at the foot of Mt Warning. Accommodation options include deluxe, ensuite and budget cabins, and tent... Find out more

Darlington Park camping area 42 km

Sensational for families, this well-shaded campsite has the added bonus of a cricket oval (with artificial turf pitch) and kids’ playground on a glorious 12 ha site. The kiosk is handy for basic supplies, including... Find out more

Stinson Park camping area 46 km

In 1937 local legend Bernard O’Reilly led the Stinson air crash survivors to safety from this historic site. O’Reilly found the wreckage in dense rainforest and saved the lives of 2 men who had been lost in... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Burleigh Beach Tourist Park

This is one of the older council parks on the Gold Coast but it has recently been upgraded with new amenities. It is very popular with holidaymakers as it is across the road from a patrolled beach and within walking... Find out more

Tallebudgera Creek Tourist Park 1 km

A favourite of ours, this park fronts onto the Tallebudgera Creek and is just a short walk to the beach. It is among the Gold Coast’s best parks, centrally located with good amenities and a wide range of... Find out more

Ocean Beach Tourist Park 3 km

This is one of several good quality Gold Coast City Council parks. It is smaller than many and has very good facilities. Just across the road from the beach, the access from the Gold Coast Highway is also excellent. This... Find out more

Kirra Beach Tourist Park 11 km

Easily accessed from the Gold Coast Highway, this is a spacious, good quality caravan park, popular with beach devotees, backpackers and international travellers. It is very close to some of the Gold Coast’s best... Find out more

Pyramid Holiday Park 13 km

This is a well-maintained, good quality park on the southern end of the Gold Coast. It will suit those chasing the winter warmth but who do not wish to be right beside the beach. Bookings are required in peak periods and... Find out more

Main Beach Tourist Park 13 km

This is a unique park set amid the famous Gold Coast high-rise buildings. Across the road is a patrolled beach, and the fashionable Tedder Avenue restaurant strip is a short stroll away. The park is neat and well... Find out more

Boyds Bay Holiday Park 14 km

This is a large riverfront park, with easy access to the highway. It is well managed, council owned and conveniently located for exploring the Tweed coast and southern Gold Coast. Bookings are required in peak periods... Find out more

BIG4 Tweed Billabong Holiday Park 14 km

This is a very good quality, award-winning holiday park boasting its own large and popular tidal billabong. It is a great place for the family as it offers a kids club during school holidays and many other appealing... Find out more

Broadwater Tourist Park 15 km

Position is everything, and this spacious council-owned park fronts the Gold Coast’s Broadwater. It has very good facilities and outstanding views across the water to Marina Mirage and the Palazzo Versace. There... Find out more

Fingal Holiday Park 16 km

The beach is right at your door in this quiet, out-of-the-way spot. The park has good basic facilities and is ideal for a family holiday or a few days at the beach. Bookings are required in peak periods and a... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Hillhaven Holiday 

In a great position on a cul de sac right beside the Burleigh headland, these one- and two-bedroom self-contained apartments are free of the traffic noise that can be an issue at this end of the coast. The apartments... Find out more

Sands Mediterranean Resort

This resort is good value because of its location on The Esplanade overlooking the ocean. Although there is a road to cross to the beach opposite, it is very quiet and has pedestrian crossings. Cooking facilities are... Find out more

Bella Mare Holiday 

Close to Greenmount and Coolangatta beach, Rainbow Bay beach and an easy walk to Twin Towns Services Club, you can also hop on a bus from a stop nearby to the coast’s major tourist attractions from this low-rise... Find out more

Gwinganna Lifestyle 

A 15-minute drive from the beach at Burleigh, and a long way from your average resort, you need to set aside preconceptions about lifestyle boot camps here and let go of your laptop, your coffee and your wine. If that’s... Find out more

Sanctuary Beach Resort

Right on the beachfront, with no roads to cross, this is a good family place. It’s close to two surf clubs, cafes and shops, and the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. The self-contained apartments are either poolside,... Find out more

Sanctuary Lake Apartments

On the shores of Currumbin Lake, next to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, this resort is only a short walk to beaches patrolled by Currumbin and Tugun Surf Life Saving clubs. The lake is not safe for children’s... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Cottages on the Creek 16 km

This 2-hectare establishment is managed as a Land for Wildlife property and the two, onebedroom spa cottages have composting toilets, protecting Currumbin Creek with its turtles, catfish, platypus and yabbies.... Find out more

The Mouses House, Springbrook 23 km

Set in a beautiful rainforest at more than 800 metres above sea level, this luxury resort has 11 self-contained chalets, hot tub, sauna, tennis court and bikes, a sensible environmental policy and eco-accreditation. It... Find out more

Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat 23 km

Located near Murwillumbah and surrounded on three sides by World Heritage–listed national parks, this secluded couples-only resort on the Queensland border has minimal-impact, self-contained bungalows and cabins.... Find out more

Emerald Valley Villa 58 km

Nestled in the hinterland some 25 minutes drive from Byron Bay, this is way up the high end of ecotourism in this country. You can rent your own five-star palace (they call it a villa), complete with pool, courtyard,... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Sleepy Hollow rest area 38 km

58km N of Ballina (L) or 32km S of Tweed Heads (L)

Just off the highway on both sides.

Yelgun rest area 45 km

50km N of Ballina (R) or 42km S of Tweed Heads (L)

Well off the highway.

Tyagarah rest area 57 km

36km N of Ballina (L)     

Just off the highway. For northbound only.

What's on around town

Art and Craft Market: beachfront; last Sun each month.

Coolangatta Markets: beachfront; 2nd Sun each month.

Car Boot Sale: Stocklands Shopping Centre Car Park; 2nd Sun each month.

Quiksilver Roxy Pro Surfing: Feb/Mar.

Gold Coast Cup Outrigger Canoe Marathon: Apr.

Wintersun Festival: Coolangatta; May/June.

Coolangatta Gold: famous ironman and ironwoman race; Oct.

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