Do you like to visit different places and see what they have to offer when you're on vacation? If you like that, you'll enjoy Burleigh Heads. The Gold Coast suburb, also known as Burleigh to locals, is between Surfers Paradise and Coolangatta.
Burleigh Heads is a picturesque suburb where you can enjoy the sheltered waters ideal for swimming and the consistent surfing waves around the headland perfect for surfers. You'll also enjoy the beachfront dining, weekend markets, and national parks.
When you’re in Burleigh, here are five spots you shouldn’t miss.
Burleigh Heads Beach
Don’t pass up a visit to Burleigh Heads Beach's - clean, family-friendly, and protected waters. Aside from swimming and surfing, the beach provides stunning views up to Surfers Paradise. Just across the street, you'll find a plethora of high-quality dining and shopping options.
North Burleigh Surf Life Saving Club
North Burleigh Surf Life Saving Club is at the northern end of Burleigh Heads Beach. You can enjoy a delicious modern Australian meal with your family while admiring the uninterrupted ocean views. From 7 AM to 10 AM, the restaurant and bar are open for breakfast every weekend. They are also available daily for lunch, snacks, and dinner.
Burleigh Farmers Market
Burleigh Farmers Markets has everything fresh, from farm produce to organic fruits and vegetables and fish, meat, and deli products. There's also gourmet and global foods, fresh flowers and plants, and other items like arts and crafts, antiques, and collectibles.
Every Saturday at 7 AM, the Burleigh Farmers Market is open. They always have hot coffee and bakery treats available. So make sure to get some and enjoy the live entertainment at the market. The local market features a diverse range of local talent. You will undoubtedly enjoy your visit to the Burleigh Farmers Market.
Burleigh Farmers Market is on Burleigh Heads State School, on the corner of Lower Gold Coast Hwy and West Burleigh Rd. Admission and parking are accessible on the school oval and surrounding areas.
The Village Market
What are your thoughts on small and independent businesses? The Village Markets provides an online platform for many small creative brands to share their products. The Village Market platforms have been used by some of Australia's most successful and well-known designers to launch and grow their businesses.
However, you can also help these artists, designers, foodies, musicians, and others by visiting The Village Market on-site. The TVM also operates a boutique fashion and lifestyle market on each month's first and third Sundays from 8:30 AM to 1 PM at Burleigh Heads State School. Over 100 incredible boutique market stalls in fashion, vintage, art, and lifestyle, as well as street food, live music, and the pre-loved designer Rack Sale, can be found at the market.
Burleigh Art and Craft Markets
You must go to the Coast's longest-running Art and Craft Market. It all started over 30 years ago, but they continue to provide visitors with a one-of-a-kind market shopping experience. There are over 100 stalls that sell locally made arts and crafts, fresh produce, preserves, cookies, cakes, fashion, jewellery, homewares, and skincare. There is truly something for everyone here.
Because the market is in The Esplanade Justins Park, Burleigh Heads, you can also take a leisurely Sunday stroll. Please make a point of browsing the stalls, as you may find treasure in one of them. Also, do not forget to get some food and listen to local musicians while relaxing on the grass. The Burleigh Art and Craft Markets follow a COVID safe plan from 8 AM to 2 PM, weather permitting.
Burleigh Head National Park
Visit one of the Gold Coast's most famous natural attractions in Burleigh. Burleigh Heads National Park is a 27-hectare haven with incredible beaches, coastal heath, creeks, eucalyptus forest, mangroves, pandanus groves, tussock grassland, rainforest, and rocky foreshore.
You may also see humpback whales in coastal waters if you visit during the winter and spring. There are also white-bellied sea eagles riding ridge updrafts and birdwing butterflies feeding on rainforest nectar to view in mid-summer.
There are also graded walking trails to provide visitors easy access to the national park's most exciting features.
The Oceanview walk is a Grade 2 walk with a one-way distance of 1.2km and a walking time of about 30 minutes. This track follows the coastline from Tallebudgera Creek to the southern edge of Burleigh Heads township, skirting the rocky headland. At Echo Beach, you can gaze at the tumbled masses of six-sided basalt columns while relaxing by the creek. Return via the same route or the Rainforest circuit and Tumgun lookout.
On the other hand, the Rainforest circuit is a Grade 3 walk with a distance of 2.3k and a walking time of about 45 minutes. The majority of this trail is flat, but there is a steep section near Tumgun Lookout in the middle. The lookout is an excellent place to spot humpback whales splashing offshore in the winter and spring.
If you want to go on a picnic, there is a council picnic area and toilets near the northern entrance to the park along Goodwin Terrace.
When in Burleigh, Stay at Burleigh on the Beach
When visiting Burleigh Heads, you should book Burleigh Beach accommodation. Burleigh on the Beach has a variety of one and two-bedroom apartments ideal for couples, small families, and anyone looking for a relaxing break on the Gold Coast.
Each Burleigh Apartment is spacious, comfortable, and fully self-contained, with FREE UNLIMITED WiFi, air conditioning, and ceiling fans, as well as new streaming services! Make your reservation right away!