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Burleigh Heads National Park

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Published March 25th 2019
Be sure to visit Australia's smallest National Park


Covering only 74 acres, yet teeming with habitats ranging from dense rainforest to rocky foreshore along the coast, Burleigh Headlands is a prominent Gold Coast landmark as well as being Australia's smallest National Park - Burleigh Head National Park is truly a magical must-see attraction.



Being nestled between Burleigh Beach and Tallebudgera Creek, on one side you will be welcomed to lush rainforest, ancient volcanic columns that meet the sea and on the other side (northern side) you will be greeted to one of Australia's most famous surfing point breaks.



With only two walking tracks, a walk to the Oceanview will take you around the rocky headland from Tallebudgera Creek where you will see tumbled masses of six-sided basalt columns or explore the Rainforest Circuit, where you will wander through a living museum of plants, Australian brush-turkey nesting mounds, seabirds and water dragons. A picnic on Burleigh foreshore can be enjoyed or sit back and relax on Echo Beach.



Both tracks offer ample shade, sea breezes and absolutely breathtaking views of Surfers Paradise to the North and Coolangatta to the South.

Gold Coast & Surfers Paradise City views can be seen from the walking tracks...


Burleigh Head National Park is filled with eucalypt forest and impressive volcanic rock that was formed millions of years ago when the Tweed Volcano was active. This natural headland is also home to pandanus groves, lush vegetation, tussock grassland, coastal heath, mangroves, and undeniably sensational views.

Admiring the beautiful mountains that meet the coast on the walking track...


This natural headland gives you an amazing opportunity to explore the wild rainforest area and with the cool climate in the National Park, it is perfect to enjoy the two walking tracks with the added spectacular breathtaking views.

Staircases lead to the beaches from the walking tracks...


There are a number of lookout points as well as many native wildlife and birdlife to spot out. Keep an eye out for koalas, sea eagles, Australian brush-turkeys, echidnas, Rainbow Lorikeets, Brahminy kites and various species of possums.



During the winter and spring, there are opportunities to spot out the majestic giants of the sea, humpback whales during their migration. Tumgun Lookout offers the perfect vantage spot.

There is no shortage of breathtaking views!


The Oceanview Walk is where ancient volcanic columns meets the sea and this easy stroll skirts the coastline leading around the rocky headland from the southern edge of Burleigh Heads township to the southern park entrance near Tallebudgera Creek.

Do watch out for falling rocks & branches!


The walk takes around 30 minutes and you can either return by the same path or via the Rainforest Circuit and Tumgun Lookout. This Walk is family-friendly and relatively flat, starting out at Burleigh Headland and following the base of the Headland around the Talledudgera Creek.



The Rainforest Circuit scales the hill to the summit which is 88 metres above sea level and offers lookouts and rest benches along the way. Allow approximately 1 hour for the circuit.



After the hikes why not enjoy a relaxing dip in the creek at Echo Beach (accessible by stairs)?

Both walking tracks are designated Class 3 with gentle slopes. The Oceanview path is paved and suitable for prams/strollers and is wheelchair accessible. The Rainforest Circuit includes several steps.



Fun Facts:

The Headland has steep sides and is 80 metres high.

Formation of Burleigh Headland began between 23 and 25 million years ago.

The National Park sits Tweed Volcano- which was once active.



The Headland is an important cultural site for the local Aboriginal tribe known as the Minjungbal people.

Molten basalt lava from the volcano flowed all the way down the valleys and eroded them, causing the valleys to be covered in hardened sedimentary rocks. They then reached what is now the Burleigh Headland.



Burleigh Head National Park is the perfect spot to reconnect with nature and escape the hustle and bustle of city living. With an array of activities from walking tracks, fishing and surfing, be sure to pack a picnic and make a day out of it!



Burleigh Heads National Park truly offers the best-of-the-best spectacular views of the Gold Coast City Skyline, access to remote beaches and creeks, native rainforest and a number of unique viewpoints. Be sure to add this on the bucket list or your itinerary list of things to do this weekend!



Getting Here:
Burleigh Heads National Park is located in the heart of the Gold Coast and parking can be found at the Burleigh point and the entrance from the Northern Entrance.

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Why? A perfect spot to reconnect with nature & the great outdoors
When: All year round
Where: Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads
Cost: Free
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