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Burleigh Heads at Sunrise

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by Meg Forbes (subscribe)
Meg Forbes is a mum, freelance writer, and photographer living in the Redlands, South of Brisbane. https://www.instagram.com/megforbesphotography/
Published March 6th 2020
Find solitude on an often-busy Gold Coast Beach
Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast offers a sheltered swimming beach and beautiful bushwalking.

The sun rising over the beach at Burleigh Heads
The sun rising over the beach at Burleigh Heads


Although Burleigh Heads is popular and can be very busy at peak times, such as during the day during school holidays, solitude can often be found in this beautiful location at sunrise.

The sun rising at Burleigh Head National Park
The sun rising at Burleigh Heads National Park


Surfers Paradise and other built-up areas are to the north of Burleigh Heads. However, just to the south of this beach is Burleigh Head National Park.

Surfers Paradise viewed from Burleigh Heads
Surfers Paradise viewed from Burleigh Heads


Although fairly small, this beautiful National Park on Yugambeh Country has five walking trails.

Great views from the Oceanview Track at Burleigh Heads National Park
Great views from the Oceanview Track at Burleigh Head National Park


The most popular of these is almost certainly the Oceanview Track. This track is 1.2Km each way, and takes walkers down to the sandy beach along Tallebudgera Creek.

Tallebudgera Creek at Burleigh Heads National Park on the Gold Coast
Tallebudgera Creek at Burleigh Head National Park on the Gold Coast


Tallebudgera Creek is a very popular spot with families for activities such as stand up paddle boarding and fishing. Although some people do choose to swim here, it should be noted that there are no lifesavers or flags to swim between at this area of Tallebudgera Creek.

Beautiful Tallebudgera Creek at Burleigh Heads National Park
Beautiful Tallebudgera Creek at Burleigh Head National Park


Other walks include the Tallebudgera Link Track, which is a 250m link between the Oceanview Track and the Rainforest Circuit. The Rainforest Circuit which is a 1.7Km return track and includes the Tumgun Lookout over the national park and ocean, and short link track (80m one way) to Julia St.

Track through forested areas at Burleigh Heads National Park
Track through forested areas at Burleigh Head National Park


The rocky headland at Burleigh Head National Park is volcanic, and rises steeply from the ocean. This landscape creates spectacular views. However, walkers should always stay on the path, and follow instructions on signs in areas prone to rock falls.

Pandanus Palms love the steep volcanic slopes of Burleigh Head National Park
Pandanus Palms love the steep volcanic slopes of Burleigh Head National Park


In addition to the gorgeous views, a variety of wildlife can be seen on these walks. This includes brush turkeys and eastern water dragons on the land, and dolphins and whales (during their annual migration from June to October) in the ocean.

Dolphins can be seen swimming off Burleigh Head National Park
Dolphins can be seen swimming off Burleigh Head National Park


Although the Gold Coast beaches are known for becoming busy at peaks times, early mornings still provide opportunities for families to enjoy them at their best. Have you visited Burleigh Heads at sunrise?
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Why? Beautiful Gold Coast beach and National Parks walking tracks
When: Anytime
Phone: 13 QGOV (13 74 68)
Where: Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast
Cost: Free
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