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About Burleigh Head

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Getting there and getting around

The headland is an important refuge for many animals. Photo: Courtesy Mark Simmons.

The headland is an important refuge for many animals. Photo: Courtesy Mark Simmons.

The park is at Burleigh Heads, which is on the Gold Coast, 90 km south of Brisbane. If travelling from Brisbane on the Pacific Motorway, take exit 89 and drive into Burleigh Heads. Turn right onto the Gold Coast Highway.

To reach the northern entrance of the park, turn off the Gold Coast Highway into Goodwin Terrace. The car park is at the end of Goodwin Terrace.

To reach the southern entrance of the park, turn off the Gold Coast Highway at the traffic lights immediately north of Tallebudgera Creek.

Access to Echo Beach is by designated stairways only.

Wheelchair 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.

Park features

Richmond birdwing butterfly. Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland.

Richmond birdwing butterfly. Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland.

Burleigh headland is a prominent Gold Coast landmark. Within the headland's 27 ha national park you will discover rainforest, eucalypt forest, pandanus groves, tussock grassland, coastal heath, mangroves, creeks, rocky foreshore and beaches.

Visitors may glimpse humpback whales breaching in coastal waters during winter and spring, see white-bellied sea-eagles riding the ridge updrafts, or watch birdwing butterflies feeding on rainforest nectars in mid-summer.

Camping and accommodation

Camping

Camping is not permitted in Burleigh Head National Park.

Other accommodation

There is a wide range of holiday accommodation on the Gold Coast.

For more information see the tourism information links below.

Things to do

Explore the tumbled masses of six-sided basalt columns that were once a lava flow from the Tweed Volcano. Photo: Queensland Government.

Explore the tumbled masses of six-sided basalt columns that were once a lava flow from the Tweed Volcano. Photo: Queensland Government.

Watch for humpback whales during winter and spring. Photo: copyright Darren Jew/Tourism and Events Queensland.

Watch for humpback whales during winter and spring. Photo: copyright Darren Jew/Tourism and Events Queensland.

Walking

Graded walking tracks give easy access to the park’s most interesting features. Each track is classified according to Australian Standards.

Key to track standards

The classification system is based on Australian Standards. Please note that while each track is classified according to its most difficult section, other sections may be of an easier level.

Class 3 walking track Class 3 track (Australian Standards)
  • Gently sloping, well-defined track with slight inclines or few steps.
  • Caution needed on loose gravel surfaces and exposed natural lookouts.
  • Reasonable level of fitness and ankle-supporting footwear required.
Class 3 walking track Oceanview walk (Class 3)

Distance: 1.2 km one-way

Time: Allow about 30 min walking time

Details: This track leads around the rocky headland from Tallebudgera Creek to the southern edge of Burleigh Heads township.

You can look at the tumbled masses of six-sided basalt columns, and relax by the creek at Echo Beach. You can either return by the same path or via the Rainforest circuit and Tumgun lookout.

Class 3 walking track Rainforest circuit (Class 3)

Distance: 2.3 km return

Time: Allow about 45 min walking time

Details: Most of this track is an easy grade, but there is a steep section in the middle near Tumgun lookout. The lookout is a good place to watch for humpback whales splashing offshore in winter and spring.

For the safety of visitors, sections of the track skirting the coastline may be closed during and after wet weather, due to the risk of rock falls. Go to Park alerts to check the latest information on track closures.

Picnic and day-use areas

A council picnic area and toilets are located near the northern entrance to the park along Goodwin Terrace.

Guided tours and talks

The Connect with Nature program offers a range of nature-based activities and events every season for adults, children and families in and around parks and forests throughout Brisbane, Western Scenic Rim and Gold Coast and hinterland.

Things to know before you go

Use sun protection, carry water and stay on the walking tracks at all times. Photo: Queensland Government.

Use sun protection, carry water and stay on the walking tracks at all times. Photo: Queensland Government.

Essentials to bring

Bring and wear a hat, sunscreen and suitable clothing to protect you from the sun.

Opening hours

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

Permits and fees

Permits are required for commercial activities or group activities within the park.

Pets

Domestic animals are not permitted in Burleigh Head National Park.

Climate and weather

The Gold Coast has a mild, subtropical climate. Daily temperatures range from 20 to 28 °C in summer and from 11 to 21 °C in winter.

Fuel and supplies

Fuel and supplies are available at Burleigh Heads and at other centres on the Gold Coast. For more information see the tourism information links below.

Staying safe

Mangrove shoot. Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland.

Mangrove shoot. Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland.

Be prepared, even on short walks, and judge your ability and conditions carefully before setting out.

To enjoy a safe visit to this area, please:

  • Wear a hat, sunscreen, comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes with good grip.
  • Stay together and keep to designated walking tracks.
  • Walk during daylight hours.
  • Walk with one or more friends.
  • Always supervise children.
  • Always take drinking water.

For the safety of visitors, sections of the track skirting the coastline may be closed during wet weather.

For more information, please read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.

Looking after the park

Help keep the park clean; take your rubbish home. Photo: Adam Creed, Queensland Government.

Help keep the park clean; take your rubbish home. Photo: Adam Creed, Queensland Government.

You can help protect the park by observing these guidelines:

  • leaving all plants and animals undisturbed
  • leaving pets at home; even their scent frightens native animals
  • leaving bicycles at the park entrance
  • leaving all things exactly as you find them
  • taking your rubbish out of the park
  • lighting fires is prohibited—the rainforest and its animals would be devastated by wildfire
  • keeping to constructed tracks; shortcutting causes erosion
  • feeding native animals may cause poor health and sometimes death; please do not chase, scare or feed the wildlife.

See the guidelines on caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.

Park management

A rocky headland protected for future generations to enjoy. Photo: Queensland Government.

A rocky headland protected for future generations to enjoy. Photo: Queensland Government.

Burleigh Head National Park covers 27.6 ha. The Burleigh headland was first set aside as a reserve for public purposes in 1886 and in 1947 was gazetted national park. It is now the only Gold Coast rocky headland that remains substantially in its natural state.

A variety of habitats, including lowland rainforest and pandanus grove, are conserved in the park. It also contains interesting geological forms and is of important cultural heritage significance to the Traditional Owners of the area.

The park provides a popular recreational and educational venue for local and international visitors and is one of the most visited parks in the region.

A management plan for Burleigh Head National Park will be prepared in the future.

Tourism information links

Surfers Paradise Visitor Information Centre
www.verygc.com
Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise
PO Box 7091, Surfers Paradise Q 4217
Ph: 1300 309 440
Fax: (07) 5570 3259
Email: info@gctourism.com

Gold Coast Burleigh Tourism
www.burleightourism.com.au

For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see www.queenslandholidays.com.au.

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Last updated
2 October 2014