Burleigh Headland - a natural attraction you won’t want to miss

Burleigh Headland

Burleigh Headland - a natural attraction you won’t want to miss

Sunday afternoons on Burleigh hill have become a tradition for locals and visitors alike. Beers, wine and cheese are propped up on small short-legged handmade timber tables, most likely purchased from the local Burleigh market.

Locals and holidaymakers sit on camping chairs, picnic blankets or grass sharing stories and making memories. They are all there for the one reason - to watch the setting sun’s majestic orange and red colours blaze across the ocean and northern Gold Coast skyline. Until sundown the mesmerising sounds of waves washing over the black boulders immediately below the headland are the perfect backdrop to this togetherness tradition.

All of this is on your doorstep when you are a guest of Burleigh Beach Tourist Park. Sunrises rival the sunsets in the spectacular stakes. And Burleigh Headland once again has a lot to offer with the scenery providing enough motivation to get up and enjoy all that this area has to offer. Sunrise over the water, whales and dolphins in winter and spring. Climb to the top of the 27 hectare Burleigh Head National Park and be rewarded with better views of the sunrise.

Burleigh Head

This tree-covered natural conservation area, whose formation started between 23 and 25 million years ago, has become a natural habitat for Lycra clad walkers and runners of all ages and abilities who mix harmoniously with the native animals who call the headland home. You might come across some Australian brush turkeys (they won't hurt you, they generally move away to scratch around elsewhere when people approach them), you’ll most certainly hear the distinctive screech of lorikeets and see birdwing butterflies feed on rainforest nectars in mid-summer.

There are two scenic walking tracks - the oceanview walk which takes you around the headland just above the sea line. It was recently made wheelchair/pram accessible by Gold Coast City Council.

The oceanview track, 1.2km one way, is sometimes closed by authorities due to significant rock fall - you’ll find out soon enough as there are metal gates which are locked. The rainforest circuit is where you’ll want to head for a fantastic sunrise. This more challenging 1.7km loop will take you 88m above sea level and includes Tumgum lookout.

The rainforest track is connected to the entrances via the Burleigh Link Track (460m) on the northern end, and the Tallebudgera Link track (250m)/ Oceanview track on the southern end. Information signs at both the northern and southern entryways share the history of the headland, its flora and fauna.

View alerts by the Department of National Parks about Burleigh Head here

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If you’re hungry to learn more about the area, not far from the southern entrance, near Tallebudgera Creek, sits the Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre which gives an insight into the traditional custodians of the land and takes a look at how the hill took shape.

Essential items to get the most out of your walking adventure:

  • Sneakers
  • Head torch (if climbing between April-October before 5.30am)
  • Jumper
  • Camera/ smartphone
  • Binoculars

You may choose to follow your sunrise experience with a stroll to Burleigh’s main hub where you can lap up the coffee and breakfast culture.

Many people can’t get enough of Burleigh - visit once and you’ll likely find yourself planning your next trip back before you check out.

Potential to hyperlink:

Map of park https://www.npsr.qld.gov.au/parks/burleigh-head/pdf/burleigh-head-webmap.pdf

Sunrise/sunset times http://www.meteorology.com.au/local-forecast/qld/burleigh-heads

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