Burleigh Beach is by far the most popular, up and coming destination on the Gold Coast!
Spend the day exploring all that Burleigh Heads has to offer including the white sand beaches, countless cafes, restaurants, and bars, the Burleigh Heads markets, Burleigh’s epic surf breaks, a coastal walk around Burleigh Hill, and many more fun-fuelled activities!
In this Burleigh Head Beach guide, I have included some useful information on how to get to Burleigh Beach, things to do, best places to eat and drink, where to stay in Burleigh Heads, recommended tours on the Gold Coast, and the best time to visit.
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Picture perfect Burleigh
ARRIVING AT BURLEIGH BEACH
When you arrive at Burleigh Head Beach there are many parking lots along the beachfront with hundreds of car spaces available. Parking is free for up to 3 hours, though in some areas you’ll have to pay around $4 AUD per hour.
The paid parking areas are clearly signposted so you will be able to tell which parking spaces are free and which ones you will have to pay for.
From the parking lot, you’ll see a pathway that leads along the Burleigh Heads Esplanade and directly down on to the shoreline.
Toilet and shower facilities can also be found next to the parking lot which is free for all beachgoers to use.
Any trash that you accumulate during your visit can be placed in the rubbish bins provided along the Burleigh Heads Esplanade and in the park areas. Please help keep our Gold Coast beaches clean!
Surfing at Burleigh Head Beach
View of Surfers Paradise
WHAT TO EXPECT AT BURLEIGH BEACH
Burleigh features a pristine stretch of glistening white sands and azure waters that overlooks the Gold Coast city skyline. Burleigh is by far one of the best beaches on the Gold Coast!
Locals and tourists from all over the world flock to Burleigh Heads for its world-class surf breaks, unbeatable beaches, lively cafe scene, nature walks, and the all-around sunny vibes that this epic location has to offer.
Swimming at the beach is a must and it would be rude not to experience the ocean here! Burleigh Beach is patrolled by lifeguards 7 days a week from 8 am – 5 pm, just be sure to swim in between the red and yellow flags.
Burleigh Heads is classed as a World Surfing Reserve, attracting surfers from all corners of the globe. The right-hand point break at Burleigh is one of the best breaks on the East Coast of Australia.
If you’re feeling hungry or thirsty, you can pop up to the Kiosk which is attached to the Burleigh Heads Surf Club, and grab something to eat and drink at an affordable price!
Burleigh Heads Beach
Cracker day at Burleigh Head Beach
Aerial shot of Burleigh
The Kiosk at Burleigh
Red and yellow flags at the beach
Sunrise at Burleigh
Watching the surfers
BURLEIGH HILL & COCK ROCK VIEWPOINT
Burleigh Hill is an iconic landmark on the Gold Coast and it’s easily accessible.
Every afternoon, many tourists and locals tend to gather on Burleigh Hill for a picnic while watching the sunset. Not a bad spot to see out the day if you ask me!
There are 27 hectares of the national park that makes up Burleigh Hill and awaits to be explored. You can discover dense rainforest, coastal pandanus groves, rocky foreshores, tidal sandbars, and panoramic viewpoints.
I recommend visiting Burleigh Hill bright and early to adventure on the 2.3 km walking track that leads you in and around the beauty of Burleigh Heads National Park.
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On the Rainforest Circuit, you can find the Tumgun Viewpoint which overlooks the southern Gold Coast beaches and Cock Rock which is an infamous viewpoint perched on the cliffside at the very top of Burleigh Hill.
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The iconic Burleigh Hill
Burleigh Hill walking track entrance
Beginning of the trail at Burleigh Hill
Rainforest Circuit – Bueligh Hill
The cliffs overlooking the beach
Sunrise at Cock Rock
View of Talley Creek
Oceanview track Burleigh Heads
Tallebudgera Creek, also known as Talley Creek, is just around the headland from Burleigh Head Beach and it boasts some of the clearest and most turquoise water in the entire Gold Coast
On low tide there are several sand bars that appear, creating little islands to go and enjoy while they last.
Another popular spot is Echo Beach, a cute little cove tucked away on the south side of Burleigh Hill. There is access to this beach from the Rainforest Circuit trail along the Burleigh headland walk.
If you love bridge jumping, there is a deeper section of Tallebudgera Creek where you can launch yourself off of the five-meter high bridge and into the creek below.
There can be strong currents and also boats zipping around so be mindful of these conditions when swimming in Tallebudgera Creek.
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Drone shot of Tallebudgera Creek
Echo Beach Tallebudgera
Bridge jumping at Talley Creek
Picture-perfect Tallebudgera Creek
Azure waters at Talley Creek
Tallebudgera Creek Gold Coast
BURLEIGH BEACH SURF BREAK
Burleigh is classed as a World Surfing Reserve, attracting surfers from around the globe. The right-hand point break is one of the best breaks on the east coast of Australia.
As a spectator, you have the best seat in the house watching surfers take wave after wave from the top of Burleigh Hill.
If you want uncrowded waves at Burleigh, you will have to get in the water before sunrise as it gets very busy when the swell arrives.
Surfing at Burleigh Point
Surfing at Burleigh
Always a good time at Burleigh
Burleigh World Surf Reserve
SNORKELING AT BURLEIGH BEACH
Another fun-fuelled DIY activity to try when visiting is to go snorkeling around the rocks which are located in front of Burleigh headland.
I only recommend snorkeling at Burleigh when there are no waves breaking and the ocean is calm. It’s a lot safer to go snorkeling as you won’t get hit by any waves and the visibility is much better too.
You can easily enter the water at Burleigh Cove which can be found along the oceanview track and there is a set of stairs that leads down to the shoreline.
From here you can snorkel around Burleigh Hill and all the way into Tallebudgera Creek. You will find an abundance of marine life just under the surface so make sure to have a GoPro with you to capture all the action.
If you’re too exhausted to swim back to Burleigh from Tallebudgera, you can climb up the rocks in front of the headland till you reach the concrete pathway and you can easily walk back along the oceanview track.
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Enter the water here at Burleigh Cove
Snorkeling at Burleigh
THE BURLEIGH MARKETS
Every weekend throughout the year, there are a few different Burleigh Markets to check out which are The Village Markets and the Burleigh Food Market.
BURLEIGH FOOD MARKETS:
The Burleigh Food Market is held every Saturday morning at Burleigh Heads State School and the opening hours are 7 am to 12 pm.
The Burleigh Market is the perfect place to purchase fresh fruit and vegetables, gourmet foods, bakery goods, fresh meat and fish, locally roasted coffee, and much much more!
You can also enjoy live entertainment every Saturday morning at Burleigh Markets and meet the local farmers, artisans, and producers!
THE VILLAGE MARKETS:
The Village Markets in Burleigh is more than just a market! It’s a creative community of small businesses, designers, artists, foodies, musicians, and more!
Village Markets are open every first and third Sunday of the month from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm. The Village Markets are also located at Burleigh Heads State School.
Fresh produce at Burleigh Markets
The Village Markets – Photo: Village Markets
BEST CAFES, RESTAURANTS & BARS IN BURLEIGH
There is no doubt that Burleigh Heads has some of the best cafes, restaurants, and bars on the Gold Coast. There are quite literally too many to name in this post so I will share with you my personal favorites.
BEST CAFES IN BURLEIGH:
- Nook Espresso
- The Pantry Cafe
- Burleigh Tropicana Cafe
- The Koffee Shack
BEST RESTAURANTS IN BURLEIGH:
- Burleigh Heads Surf Life Saving Club
- Burleigh Heads Hotel
- Fish Mongers
- Justin Lane
BEST BARS IN BURLEIGH:
- Night Jar
- Rick Shores
- Burleigh Pavillion
- Pink Monkey Bar
- Burleigh Hotel
Justin Lane Burleigh
HOW TO GET TO BURLEIGH HEAD BEACH
Burleigh is pretty much the halfway point between the north end of the Gold Coast (Surfers Paradise) and the south end of the Gold Coast (Coolangatta).
There are a few transportation options to reach Burleigh Heads which include renting a car, public transport, Uber, or on foot.
RENT A CAR:
In my opinion, renting a car is by far going to be your best option.
Driving a car in Gold Coast is very safe and the road rules are very straight forward. If you’re an American or European, do note that we drive on the left-hand side of the road in Australia so this might take a few hours to get used to.
I always use Rentalcars.com to search and book car rentals in Gold Coast as they offer the best rates.
Public buses and trams run frequently along the Gold Coast Highway which is another good option for getting down to Burleigh Head Beach.
I recommend purchasing a Go Card from any 7 Eleven stores on the Gold Coast.
It costs $10 AUD to purchase a Go Card and you will also need to top it up with around $20 – $30 which should be enough to cover your transport for a few days on the Gold Coast.
It’s as easy as tapping on and tapping off with your Go Card when riding on the buses or trams on the Gold Coast. A handy tool to use when traveling on public transport is the Translink Journey Planner.
If you don’t have a Go Card, it’s possible to purchase paper tickets on board public transport, however, you will end up paying around 30% more for each journey.
There are quite literally thousands of Uber drivers on the Gold Coast and at any time of the day you are able to search and book an Uber online using the app and within a matter of minutes, you can easily find a ride to get to Burleigh Heads.
Uber’s are a lot cheaper than taxis on the Gold Coast and if it’s your first time using Uber, you’ll get your first ride for free!
If you happen to be renting a hotel or apartment in Burleigh, chances are the beach will be a stone’s throw away and you can simply walk there.
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Afternoons at Burleigh
BEST TIME TO VISIT
The best time to visit the beach is early morning or late afternoon as it won’t be too hot under the midday sun.
If you can time your visit for a weekday, chances are you will get to enjoy the beach with fewer people around.
It’s known to be very popular on weekends so you can expect it to be very busy with many families and groups of friends hanging out here on the shoreline and on Burleigh Hill.
My recommendation would be to get there between 6:00 am and 10:00 am to score a good spot along the beachfront and enjoy a swim and a sunbake before the crowds hit.
Also, late afternoon around 5 pm – 6 pm is a nice time to visit as it’s a great spot to watch the sun setting over the Surfers Paradise skyline.
BURLEIGH BEACH MAP
BURLEIGH HEADS ACCOMMODATION
There is no shortage of accommodation options on the Gold Coast and most people want to be by the beach as often as possible – I don’t blame them!
It’s first in, best dressed when looking for a place to stay in Burleigh, especially in the peak holiday season which is during the summer months between December and February.
I have narrowed it down to a few of my favorite places to stay in Burleigh Heads to fit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers, and everyone in between. See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Luxury Beachfront Sky Home
Centrally located in Burleigh Heads and a stone’s throw from the beach. This 5-star accommodation features an outdoor swimming pool, garden, fitness center, and free wifi. The apartments are spacious and include a fully equipped kitchen, living and dining room, 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, hot tub, flat-screen tv, and ocean views. Perfect for families and couples.
Mid Range: Outrigger Burleigh
The best and most affordable hotel in Burleigh Heads. The Outrigger is a two-minute walk from the beach featuring an outdoor pool, hot tub, and ocean views! The rooms are spacious, air-conditioned, equipped kitchenette, living room, private bathroom, and balcony. Close to supermarkets, cafes, restaurants, bars and public transport. Perfect for couples and families.
Budget: Komune Resort & Backpackers
Komune Resort is located south of Burleigh Heads in Coolangatta and it’s one of the cheapest and best backpackers on the Gold Coast! Located a stone’s throw from the beach, Komune Resort features a beach club, outdoor pool, table tennis, hammocks, pool bar, and nightclub. There are dorm rooms and private apartments available, perfect for friends and solo travelers.
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