Burleigh Hill is an iconic landmark on the Gold Coast in Australia. Cock Rock is an infamous viewpoint on the hill side at the very top of Burleigh Hill. Burleigh Heads is one of the most popular locations on the Gold Coast. It is a surfers paradise and a nature enthusiasts dream! Locals and tourists from all over the world flock to Burleigh for its world class surf breaks, nature walks and the sunny vibes that this wonderful place has to offer.
WHERE IS BURLEIGH HILL & COCK ROCK
Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast is where you will find this epic viewpoint on the hill side. Burleigh Hill is nestled halfway between Surfers Paradise and Coolangatta. Whether you are coming from the north end or the south end of the Gold Coast, you will find that there are public buses that run every 15 minutes along the Gold Coast Highway and will drop you off at Burleigh Beach.
There are two entrances to gain access to Burleigh Hill National Park.
Entrance One: On the south side of Burliegh Hill there is a car park located on either side of the bridge at Tallebudgera Creek. The entrance is on the north side of the bridge. You will see the footpath that leads in to the national park.
Entrance Two: On the northern side of Burleigh Hill there is a car park at the end of Goowin Terrace. There is a footpath here that leads in to the national park.
EXPLORING BURLEIGH HILL
There is 27 hectares of national park that awaits to be explored and you can discover a dense rainforest, coastal pandanus groves, rocky forshores, amazing beaches and panoramic viewpoints.
I am grateful to call Burleigh home when I am in between travels and it is indeed a slice of heaven on earth.
Walking or exercising around Burleigh Hill is a daily routine for the locals and for a tourist it is a great place to explore and discover what the hype is all about. Most afternoons, people gather on the grassy hill with a picnic and beers to watch the sunset over Gold Coast City.
There are two tracks that lead you through Burleigh Heads National Park.
Oceanview Walk: A 1.2km track that takes you along the rocky forshores of Burleigh Beach and wraps around in to Tallebudgera Creek. You can discover the tumbled masses of hexagonal basalt rocks and freshen up at Echo Beach. You can return on the same path or via the rainforest circuit.
Rainforest Circuit: A 2.3km track that leads you in and around the beauty of the national park. On this circuit you can find the Tumgun Viewpoint which looks south towards Coolangatta and Cock Rock which faces East over the iconic Burleigh Point Surf Break.
You can CLICK HERE for your own personal Burleigh Heads National Park Map which has the walking tracks and entrances clearly marked.
HOW TO FIND COCK ROCK ON BURLEIGH HILL
When you reach the top of the hill you will find a clear opening of trees and large basalt rock formations. If you are coming from the north entrance and reach the Tumgun Viewpoint you have gone too far. Turn around and walk back 30 meters or so to the clear opening and you will have to climb over a small fence. Follow the large hexagonal boulders down the hill side until you can go no further. Cock Rock sticks out prominently among others so it is hard to miss.
Know your limits when exploring this rocky cliff side as it is a long way to fall. Cock Rock is a popular sunrise spot as it looks directly east over the ocean from where the sun will rise. If you aim to get there just before 6am this will be perfect timing to see the first rays of sun light up the magnificent Burleigh Hill. If you are lucky, you will be able to spot humpback whales on their annual migration along the east coast of Australia. Keep an eye out for the whales during the months of May – September.
Talley Creek has some of the most clearest 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. If you love bridge jumping, there is a deeper section of the creek where you can launch yourself off the top of the 5 meter bridge and in to the creek below. There can be strong currents and also boats zipping around so be mindful of these conditions when swimming in Tallebudgera Creek.
BURLEIGH POINT SURF BREAK
Burleigh Point is now 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.
BURLEIGH HEADS ACCOMODATION
The Gold Coast is a tourist hub and there is no shortage of accommodation options and most people want to be by the beach as often as possible. It’s a first in best dressed situation when visiting Burleigh, especially in the peak holiday season which is the summer months of December – February.
CLICK HERE to book a hotel, hostel or caravan park in advance for your visit to Burleigh Heads.
BURLEIGH HEADS MAP
OTHER POINTS OF INTEREST WITHIN AN HOURS DRIVE OF BURLEIGH HILL
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