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.
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.
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.
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 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!