The Gold Coast in Queensland Australia is a much sought after tourist spot blessed with a sub tropical climate, gorgeous sunshine and wonderful views. On a recent trip I drove an hour south of Brisbane (via the M1 and M3) to explore the gorgeous town of Burleigh Heads. I had a fabulous day out as I discovered that this is where you can find a whole range of Burleigh Heads attractions and great things to do on the Gold Coast.
Just programme in the Burleigh Heads postcode of QLD 4220 into your sat nav and this is what you’ll find:-
Burleigh Beach is the best known of the Burleigh Heads attractions:-
Undoubtedly the main attraction of Burleigh Heads is the Burleigh Beach. This wonderful coastal stretch features golden sands, a fantastic surf (considered one of the best in the world) and fabulous views down to Surfers Paradise which is about 10 kilometres away.
Little doubt it is one of the most beautiful beaches of the Gold Coast. Life guards patrol the beach so stay in the safe areas marked by the flags.
You’ll find lots of things to do on the Gold Coast’s Burleigh Beach:-
– surf or body board. Don’t worry if you’ve never done this before you can hire boards and take lessons
– play your favourite sport, it is not unusual to see people playing football, cricket or rugby on these widespread sands
– sit back and people watch. There is lots to admire with buffed surfer dudes and all the beautiful beach bodies
Often held at weekends you will find a range of markets being held throughout the month either on The Esplanade or the Gold Coast Highway (by Burleigh Heads State School).
The types of market you’ll find in Burleigh Heads include:-
– Arts and Crafts
Sometimes there can be over 150 stalls at the markets. Plus you’ll also find some live music to accompany you as you ponder that next purchase. Markets usually run on weekend mornings.
Burleigh Heads Parks:-
Burleigh Heads is spoilt with lots of little parks around the town centre. If you don’t fancy lying on the beach and getting sand everywhere, try relaxing in a park setting. Along The Esplanade is where you will find John Laws Park, Justins Park and Memorial Park is literally across the Gold Coast Hwy from The Esplanade.
You will also be able to pay your respects with the war memorials in Memorial Park.
Burleigh Heads Restaurants And Places To Eat:-
A few seconds from Burleigh Beach and The Esplanade is where you will find James Street and the surrounding side streets. This place is a hustle and bustle place full of different restaurants and cafes. You will find an eatery to suit your taste. The range includes traditional Aussie food, burgers, pies, fish and chips plus Asian cuisine (there is a big Thai presence here), Italian plus Nandos and coffee shops galore.
If you don’t fancy the restaurant/cafe option then why not have a picnic in one of the parks?
Burleigh Head National Park – Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads, QLD 4220
The Burleigh Heads National Park is a perfect trek through a rainforest providing amazing views of the coast line. Look out you might just see whales in the sea!
This forest land covering 27 ha offers the chance to see tussock grassland, eucalyptus trees (look out for koalas) as well as being great for bird watching (particularly eagles) and fishing.
You can access a Burleigh Head National Park map here:-
Visit The Burleigh Brewing Company – 17A Era Harley Drive, Burleigh Heads, QLD 4220:-
Don’t miss this chance to visit the only craft brewery on the Gold Coast! The Brewhouse Bar is open most Fridays with a “Brewhouse Bash” on the first Friday of the month. Also accompany your drink with some of the food offerings available.
Take a Brewhouse tour on the first Saturday of the month except January. Call ahead to make your reservation on 07 5593 6000.
Enjoy live music at a host of bars throughout the town. Or go to the Surf Club on The Esplanade on Sunday afternoons for a little bit of a boogey during a jam session.
Get a tattoo
Judging by some of the beach bodies walking around Burleigh Beach there is a fair trade in being a tattoo artist here.
You’ll find the odd shop in the town centre to get your artistic fix.
Sporting activities in Burleigh Heads:-
As well as doing your own thing on the Burleigh Beach (swimming, surfing etc) there are plenty of sporting activities available.
Jogging in Burleigh Heads
Take a walk or jog along Justins Park and The Esplanade to cover a 2 kilometre pathway along The Oceanway.
Tai Chi classes in Burleigh
Each Monday and Wednesday morning sees free Tai Chi classes take place in Justins Park from 8:30am.
You can go golfing in Burleigh Heads
Golfers are spoilt for choice in the area. Burleigh Golf Club (Tel 07 5572 8266) is located on the corners of Albion and Bardon Avenue, Miami, Qld 4220.
There are a range of other courses available which you can find from here.
In the heart of the city beside Memorial Park is Burleigh Bowls Club. Who could possibly resist an invitation to Barefoot Bowls on Sundays between 12-5pm?
If you prefer Ten Pin Bowling as opposed to crown green bowling then there are alleys not far away. Try AMF Bowling. At 6 kms away it is your nearest option (1 Robina Town Centre Drv, Robina Town Centre, QLD 4230 Tel 07 5562 2382).
Or if you fancy a novel experience you can play “glow in the dark bowling” at the Surfers Paradise Ten Pin Bowling Centre (Level 1, Beachside Centro Surfers Paradise, Cavill Mall, Surfers Paradise, QLD 4217 Tel 07 5538 5222
No visit to Australia is complete without a fix of rugby league. Watch one of the oldest RL clubs in Queensland as you watch the Burleigh Heads Rugby League Club (connected to Burleigh Bears) compete at Pizzey Park, 80 Pacific Ave, Miami QLD 4220.
Take a Thai massage
If you want some special treatment just look out for the many massage parlours which are around the town centre. Most focus on the Thai style, however if you want something less painful look at the outside billboards which promote alternatives such as Swedish massage.
Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre – 1711 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads Tel 07 5525 5955
Burleigh Heads has a lot of history with the Aboriginal people of Australia and this is celebrated at the Jellurgal Aboriginal Centre. Not only can you see Aboriginal artefacts such as boomerangs, message sticks, didgeridoos and more but this is a full learning experience. You can take a full day tour (9am – 2pm) to learn about the Yugambeh Aboriginal people (one of the oldest surviving cultures in the world). Call ahead to reserve a place on a tour. Opening times for the Centre are Mon – Fri 8am – 3pm.
David Fleay Wildlife Park:- Cnr. Loman Lane and West Burleigh Rd, Burleigh Heads, QLD 4220 (Tel 07 5576 2411)
Labelling itself as the Gold Coast’s best kept secret, the David Fleay Wildlife Park is a wonderful mix of education and preservation. Featuring a range of animals from snakes and crocs, to koalas, kangaroos, platypus and a range of birds and lizards. In early 2015 adult entry cost $20.10 (or $40.25 for an annual pass).
Already awash with places to eat, a visit to James Street in the town centre is not complete without some shopping. A wide range of crafts, boutique clothing and more can be found here. There are also pharmacies, newsagents and places to get that all important sun cream, hat and swim wear.
If the weekend markets and James Street don’t quite satisfy shopaholics, then a quick trip around the corner to the Stockland Shopping Centre (West Burleigh Rd, Burleigh Heads, QLD 4220) with big name brands will be sure to address any craving.
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