Burleigh Hill is an iconic landmark on the Gold Coast in Australia. Cock Rock is an infamous viewpoint perched on the hillside 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 enthusiast 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.
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WHERE IS BURLEIGH HILL & COCK ROCK BURLEIGH
Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast is where you will find the famed Burleigh Cock Rock viewpoint on the hillside. 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 fifteen minutes along the Gold Coast Highway and there is a bus station located right on Burleigh Beach.
There are two entrances to gain access to Burleigh Hill National Park:
Entrance One: On the south side of Burleigh 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 to the Burleigh National Park.
Entrance Two: On the northern side of Burleigh Hill there is a car park at the end of Goodwin Terrace. There is a footpath here that leads into the Burleigh National Park.
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View of Burleigh Hill from 2nd Avenue
Burleigh Hill entrance #2 – Burleigh Heads Hill
EXPLORING BURLEIGH HILL
There are 27 hectares of the national park which makes up Burleigh Hill and awaits to be explored! You can discover dense rainforest, coastal pandanus groves, rocky foreshores, amazing beaches, tidal sandbars and panoramic viewpoints.
I am grateful to call Burleigh Heads my 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 all the hype is all about.
Most afternoons, people gather on the grassy Burleigh Hill with a picnic and beers to watch the sunset over Gold Coast City.
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BURLEIGH HILL WALK
There are two tracks that lead you through Burleigh Heads National Park.
Oceanview Walk: A 1.2km track that takes you along the rocky foreshores of Burleigh Beach and wraps around into Tallebudgera Creek. You can discover the tumbled masses of hexagonal basalt rocks on the sides of Burleigh Hill 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 Burleigh which faces east over the iconic Burleigh Point Surf Break.
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The famed Cock Rock Burleigh
Burleigh Hill Lookout
The cliffs at Burleigh Hill Gold Coast
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HOW TO GET TO COCK ROCK BURLEIGH HILL
When you reach the top of Burleigh 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 Burleigh Hill Lookout, you have gone too far.
Turn around and walk back thirty meters or so to where you can find a clear opening in the trees and you will have to climb over a small fence. Follow the large hexagonal boulders down the hillside until you can go no further. Cock Rock Burleigh 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. Burleigh Heads 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 6 am this will be perfect timing to catch the first rays of the sun as they 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 between the months of May and September.
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Tallebudgera Creek, also known as Talley Creek, boasts some of the 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 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.
View of Tallebudgera Creek from Burleigh Hill
View of Surfers Paradise City from Burleigh Hill
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 ACCOMMODATION
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 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 and luxury travelers. 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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AIRBNB BURLEIGH HEADS
Another option for accommodation in Burleigh is to stay in an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals in the Burleigh Heads area.
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MORE TOURIST SPOTS
If you are looking for more tourist spots in Gold Coast and Byron Bay, you may want to check out my other travel guides below:
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