Burleigh Beach is by far the most popular, up and coming destination on the Gold Coast!
Spend the day exploring all that Burleigh Beach and 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!
I am grateful to call Burleigh Beach my home when I am in between travels and it’s indeed a slice of heaven on earth!
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 Beach!
Sunset at Burleigh Head Beach
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 at Burleigh Beach 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 to Burleigh Beach 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
Burleigh Beach and Burleigh Hill
View of Surfers Paradise from Burleigh Beach
WHAT TO EXPECT AT BURLEIGH BEACH
Burleigh Beach 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 and Burleigh Beach 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 Burleigh 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 Beach
The Kiosk at Burleigh Beach Gold Coast
Red and yellow flags at Burleigh Head Beach
Sunrise at Burleigh Beach
Watching the surfers at Burleigh Beach
BURLEIGH HILL & COCK ROCK VIEWPOINT
Burleigh Hill is an iconic landmark on the Gold Coast and it’s easily accessible from Burleigh Beach.
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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Afternoon picnic at Burleigh Beach
The iconic Burleigh Hill
Burleigh Hill walking track entrance
Beginning of the trail at Burleigh Hill
Rainforest Circuit – Bueligh Hill
The cliffs overlooking Burleigh Beach
Sunrise at Cock Rock – Burleigh Beach
Tumgun Viewpoint – Burleigh Head Beach
View of Talley Creek from Burleigh Hill
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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Talley Creek near Burleigh Beach
Drone shot of Tallebudgera Creek
Echo Beach Tallebudgera
Talley Creek near Burleigh Head Beach
Bridge jumping at Talley Creek
Picture-perfect Tallebudgera Creek
Azure waters at Talley Creek
Tallebudgera Creek Gold Coast
BURLEIGH BEACH SURF BREAK
Burleigh Beach 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.
Surfing at Burleigh Point
Surfing at Burleigh Beach
Always a good time at Burleigh Head Beach
Burleigh Beach World Surf Reserve
Burleigh Beach Surf
SNORKELING AT BURLEIGH BEACH
Another fun-fuelled DIY activity to try when visiting Burleigh Beach 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 Beach 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 Beach
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, just around the corner from Burleigh Beach 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, near to Burleigh Beach.
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
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HOW TO GET TO BURLEIGH HEAD BEACH
Burleigh Beach 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 and Burleigh Beach 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 to reach the Burleigh Beach.
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 Burleigh Beach will be a stone’s throw away and you can simply walk there.
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Afternoons at Burleigh Beach
BEST TIME TO VISIT BURLEIGH BEACH
The best time to visit Burleigh Head Beach is early morning or late afternoon as it won’t be too hot under the midday sun.
If you can time your visit to Burleigh Heads for a weekday, chances are you will get to enjoy the beach with fewer people around.
Burleigh Beach is 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 down to Burleigh Beach 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 Burleigh Heads and Burleigh Beach as it’s a great spot to watch the sun setting over the Surfers Paradise skyline.
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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 centre 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 Burleigh 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 travellers.
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WHAT TO PACK FOR AUSTRALIA
Everyday Backpack: One of the best backpacks on the market! The Nomatic 20L Backpack is perfect for on the go adventures. Featuring multiple storage spaces for valuables, drink bottles, chargers, notebooks and more. This sleek backpack was designed for you.
Universal Power Adapter: Don’t leave home without one! I highly recommend getting this Universal Power Adapter so that you are able to charge all of your electronics when you’re on the road. Compatible in Asia, UK, Europe, Africa, USA, SA and Australia.
Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!
Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphone models.
Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.
Microfibre Travel Towel: To pack a towel or not to pack a towel? A standard bathroom towel can take up a lot of space in your travel bag. Get your hands on a quick-dry Microfibre Travel Towel which is perfect for the beach, backpacking, camping and general traveling.
Rain Jacket: A light-weight rain jacket is an absolute must when traveling! North Face waterproof rain jackets come in both men and women sizes, featuring a breathable mesh lining and adjustable hood that can be tucked away inside the collar.
Kindle: The best alternative for books! Kindle e-readers are perfect for long haul flights, reading on the beach or a quiet evening away from the bars. Kindle’s are waterproof with rechargeable batteries and adjustable light settings to suit indoor/outdoor conditions.
Packing Cubes: My favorite item in my backpack! Perfect for organizing your shirts, pants, jackets, socks, underwear and more. This 5 Set Packing Cubes makes packing easier and more efficient, adding extra space in your bag for your next trip.
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MY CAMERA GEAR
Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included.
Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.
GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!
Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket.
Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!
Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.
GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!
Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.
External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 years worth of content.
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