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Burleigh Head National Park

Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast Area

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A wild, natural headland in the heart of the Gold Coast offers walks along the rocky foreshore and through rainforest, and the chance to see whales in spring and sea-eagles soaring along the coast. At Burleigh Head, where ancient volcanic columns meet the sea, this park features rainforest, eucalypt forest, pandanus groves, tussock grassland, coastal heath and mangroves. Its northern side is one of Australia's most famous surfing point breaks.

Walk the Ocean view walk around the rocky headland from Tallebudgera Creek and look at the tumbled masses of six-sided basalt columns. Explore the Rainforest circuit, wandering through a living museum of plants, and watch for humpback whales from Tumgun lookout in winter and spring. See Australian brush-turkey nesting mounds, seabirds and water dragons. Picnic on Burleigh foreshore or relax on Echo Beach.

Open Times

Public Holiday: For your safety, walk in Burleigh Head National Park in daylight hours only. ......

Facilities

  • Car park
  • Walking Tracks

Other Information

Accessibility:

There is a wheelchair ramp to the fishing platform on Tallebudgera Creek, at the southern entrance to the park. The tracks within the park are not wheelchair-accessible.

Children:

Children are welcome. This area has natural hazards including rocky slopes and water - supervise children closely.
Goodwin Terrace
Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast Area
Queensland
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Burleigh Head National Park

Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast Area
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A wild, natural headland in the heart of the Gold Coast offers walks along the rocky foreshore and through rainforest, and the chance to see whales in spring and sea-eagles soaring along the coast. At Burleigh Head, where ancient volcanic columns meet the sea, this park features rainforest, eucalypt forest, pandanus groves, tussock grassland, coastal heath and mangroves. Its northern side is one of Australia's most famous surfing point breaks. Walk the Ocean view walk around the rocky headland from Tallebudgera Creek and look at the tumbled masses of six-sided basalt columns. Explore the Rainforest circuit, wandering through a living museum of plants, and watch for humpback whales from Tumgun lookout in winter and spring. See Australian brush-turkey nesting mounds, seabirds and water dragons. Picnic on Burleigh foreshore or relax on Echo Beach.

Palm Beach Reef Dive Site

Palm Beach, Gold Coast Area
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Palm Beach Reef on the Gold Coast is a large reef with sections of rocky outcrops, and several large bommies with a variety of soft corals and sponges. The top of the reef rises to just five metres below the surface. Marine Life is abundant with stingrays and the odd bronze whaler or hammerhead seen, and in summer, Wobbegongs and leopard sharks. Blue wrasse, parrotfish, painted wrasse and a variety of reef fish, with large schools are the norm.

Palm Beach

Palm Beach, Gold Coast Area
If the Gold Coast had a middle child it would possibly be Palm Beach, nestled between Tallebudgera Creek on one side and Currumbin Creek on the other. But don't for one minute think this destination is dull. Similar to its Florida namesake - which was named America's best place to live in 2013 - Australia's Palm Beach has thrice been crowned Queensland's cleanest beach. In another US link, borrowing from New York in this instance, Palm Beach's avenues are also numbered, in this case from first to 28th, making navigating this corner of the coast a cinch. But that's possibly where the similarities with the Big Apple exist. For their Palm Beach is one of laid-back living and is one of the best examples of where rambling beach shacks still survive, perched petulantly on million-dollar blocks. Surfers and sunbakers flock to Palm Beach for its wide, sandy and spectacular beach. There's also a variety of eating options here and you can't go past the Palm Beach Surf Club for a feast. Accommodation options consist of everything up to the top end of town, but they reckon you can't go past a beach shack for a bit of coastal character.

Tallebudgera Valley

Tallebudgera, Gold Coast Area
Its formal name is Tallebudgera Valley but in true Aussie minimalist style, you'll probably hear locals around these parts refer to it as the Tally Valley. However you prefer to wrap your mouth around it, this lush valley at the back of Tallebudgera Beach leads you into emerald-green farmland and natural forests and the relaxed ambience for which the southern Gold Coast is renowned. Because it is so flush with nature, this region has lent itself perfectly to quality health resorts and eco-retreats in which you can completely escape through yoga, pilates, plunge pools, massages and facials. Nearby bushland provides the perfect place through which to calm your mind while moving your muscles before returning to a feast of fresh and organic food. Other accommodation around the area is sympathetic to the style here with farmstays, holiday rentals and bed and breakfasts. There's also three top golf courses and a driving range in the region and horseriding is another popular activity. Keep heading west and you'll hit Springbrook National Park. So take your time and dilly dally in the Tally Valley.

Burleigh Heads

Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast Area
Burleigh Heads, or simply Burleigh to locals, sits like a cool comma between Surfers Paradise to the north and Coolangatta to the south. It's a picturesque punctuation mark along the Gold Coast and most definitely somewhere to pause. Let's start with the beach, which enjoys dual popularity with those who like to swim in her protected waters and those who love to surf around the headland. On a day when it might be a little choppy everywhere else along the Coast, you can bet your bottom dollar there's a protected corner at Burleigh in which to dip. Even strict landlubbers will adore this destination for the Burleigh Heads National Park which wraps around the headline like a fashionable head scarf, offering views of the ocean on the left and a number of walking trails and wildlife to experience. The Burleigh foreshore is home to towering fragrant pine trees characteristic of the coast and in this parkland there are plenty of places in which to picnic or barbecue. This is also an ideal spot for regular art and craft markets, where you haggle and forage along the foreshore with the ocean shouting encouragement in the background. Absolute oceanfront dining exists here where you'll swear the fish on your plate has jumped straight out of the water, and there's a burgeoning funky café culture in these parts. New designers are also starting to pepper the shopping areas and an amble along here won't disappoint. Head inland to West Burleigh in which a large industrial park contains some great shopping and a delicious dining scene. Perhaps this coastal point's comma should be an exclamation mark instead.

Tallebudgera Creek

Palm Beach, Gold Coast Area
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Ancient Aborigines used to call this Gold Coast suburb "good fish" and you'll hear no argument from us on this apt name. For Tallebudgera is best known for its sparkling creek which is framed by the Burleigh Heads National Park on one side and Palm Beach on the other. This is the focal point for any visit to Tallebudgera where the lifestyle is all about camping, swimming, picnicking, kayaking and a spot of fishing or two. So popular is the campground here, that generations of families return each summer to claim their favourite spot at the Tallebudgera Creek Tourist Park which is perched on the edge of this estuary. For those looking for a little luxury there's also two and three bedroom waterfront villas, or basic lodgings for those on a budget. While the waters in the creek are renowned for their relative calm, those seeking surf need only walk to nearby Tallebudgera Beach for a few waves. For a true taste of this part of the coast, head to the Tallebudgera Surf Lifesaving Club for a meal at Club Talle. Tally-ho and all that.

Currumbin

Currumbin, Gold Coast Area
Mention Currumbin and many Queenslanders will instantly forage for their photo of a rainbow lorikeet perched on their head at this suburb's famous wildlife sanctuary. It would be almost sacrilegious to start a story on Currumbin without mentioning the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary for not only was it one of the earliest theme parks on the Gold Coast, but it has been entertaining visitors here for more than 60 years and is considered a pioneer of the tourism industry. These days it's not all about the birds, but a range of wildlife dotted throughout 27 hectares of eucalypt and rainforest where you'll find crocodiles, kangaroos, koalas and marsupials. A new addition is the Adventure Parc High Ropes course which offers 65 challenges including a giant flying fox and a tarzan swing. Don't forget to pay a visit to nearby Superbee Honeyworld. It would be tempting to think Currumbin is all about the sanctuary but there are plenty of other highlights to be had here too. Head off the highway and drive past Currumbin Creek Estuary and "the alley" which is a popular spot with surfers. In fact, Currumbin is also home to Surf World Gold Coast, an attraction which pays homage to the coast's surfing history. Drive along the foreshore and you'll also encounter Elephant Rock - an iconic giant rock which, as the name suggests, looks like an elephant. Some of the coast's best dining views can be experienced here from the Currumbin Surf Club perched right on the ocean or nearby Elephant Rock Café - a bit of an institution around these parts. Lovely steep hills roll down towards the ocean from where you can enjoy a range of watersports including kite-surfing, kayaking, board riding, surf skiing and stand-up paddle boarding. There's even some decent fishing in the Currumbin Creek Estuary. Just don't forget your lorikeet photo.
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