10 Reasons Why Your Next Holiday Should Be in Burleigh Heads
Burleigh Heads is a destination that stands out from its neighbouring Gold Coast suburbs, loved by tourists and locals alike for its lazy beachside vibe, eclectic dining scene, weekly pop-up markets and scenic parks.
Unique in everything it has to offer, from the surf on Burleigh Beach to the quaint cafés, boutique stores and spas found at every turn, Burleigh Gold Coast is well worth soaking up over a few days. Here are ten reasons why your next holiday should be in Burleigh Heads!
1. Burleigh Head National Park, Burleigh Hill and Justins Park
Burleigh Head National Park is a small oceanside rainforest in the heart of the Gold Coast, popular with bushwalkers, nature lovers and sightseers for its diverse flora and fauna, quiet walking tracks and sweeping ocean views.
A must-visit natural attraction on the Gold Coast, Burleigh National Park is the perfect spot to stroll, picnic and sightsee, notable for its oceanview walk which leads to Burleigh Hill and Cock Rock Burleigh with shade and quietude to enjoy in Justins Park.
2. Burleigh Beach
Laidback and complemented by views of Burleigh Head National Park and Surfers Paradise, Burleigh Beach is one of the Gold Coast’s premier beaches, where its pristine white sand, shady trees and rolling waves attract beach lovers, tourists and surfers throughout the year.
Soak up Burleigh Beach’s relaxed vibe, find shelter in beachfront parks Mowbray Park, Justins Park, Ed Harry Park and Rotary Park, then, if you’re feeling adventurous, take a beach stroll north to visit Miami Beach.
3. Burleigh Heads Surfing
The Burleigh headland, where Burleigh Head National Park makes its home, provides naturally perfect surfing conditions at the southern end of Burleigh Beach, ideal for both the casual and experienced!
On your Burleigh Heads holiday – and no matter whether you’re just starting out or looking to improve – hit the waves with optional surfing sessions from Godfathers of the Ocean Burleigh, located at Mowbray Park.
4. Award-Winning Restaurant Dining
Surrounding James Street and close to Burleigh Beach, Burleigh Heads boasts an abundance of top-notch restaurants, from casual to à la carte fine dining with many having one or more awards to their name. A few popular upmarket Burleigh Heads restaurants include The Fish House, Rick Shores, Restaurant Labart, Pepe Italia and Rabbath.
For casual dining, don’t miss surf club bistros Burleigh SLSC and North Burleigh Surf Life Saving Club, both situated on the beachfront with stunning ocean views.
5. Laidback Burleigh Cafes
Complementing its restaurants, Burleigh Heads has a second-to-none café scene, offering the perfect coffee, breakfast or brunch experience before hitting the beach with an eclectic choice to find on the beachfront and near James Street.
A few must-visit Burleigh Heads cafés for your holiday to-do list include Commune Cafe, The Pantry, The Coffee Club Cafe, Borough Barista and Street Corner Espresso.
6. Burleigh Heads Spas and Massage Parlours
If its breathtaking beach, national park and superb dining scene aren't enough, Burleigh Heads Gold Coast is also a pocket of boutique day spas and massage parlours!
Some of these include Burleigh Heads Massage, Freedom Float and Wellness Centre and Greenhouse the Bathhouse, all situated near Burleigh Beach and world-class in the services they offer, from facial treatments and wide-ranging massages to soaks and float therapy – not to be missed if you’re looking to spoil yourself on the Gold Coast.
7. Shopping in Burleigh Heads
Shopping in a new location is always exciting, and Burleigh Heads won't disappoint with a visit to James Street, a vibrant hub of boutique fashion stores among world-class restaurants, bars and cafés. Reachable in a short walk from Burleigh Beach, James Street Burleigh Heads is well worth a stroll, especially if you’re a fashionista with an eye for unique items from independent brands.
Additionally, find more to shop, and eat, at Stockland Burleigh Heads Shopping Centre – just a 5-minute drive from the beachfront.
8. Burleigh Heads Markets
There’s an exciting market to locate every weekend in Burleigh, each offering the chance to integrate with the locals, taste fresh regional produce and pick up rare fashion, homewares and souvenirs from local crafters and stallholders.
For your holiday in Burleigh Heads, catch the Burleigh Farmers Markets every Saturday morning at Burleigh Heads State School, the Burleigh Heads Art and Craft Markets next to Justins Park on the last Sunday of the month, and TVM The Village Markets – Burleigh’s most popular market – every first and third Sunday at Burleigh Heads State School.
9. David Fleay Wildlife Park
After Burleigh Head National Park, the next best way to encounter wildlife is at David Fleay Wildlife Park, located on Loman Lane Burleigh just five minutes from Burleigh Beach via car.
This conservational park and family-friendly attraction has lots of native animals to see and interact with over a memorable day out, including koalas, kangaroos, dingoes, brolgas, bilbies, birds, snakes and crocs!
10. Burleigh Heads Events
Last but not least, Burleigh Heads boasts a calendar of exciting events throughout the year, from the annual WSL Gold Coast Open and Burleigh BBQ Championships to thrilling live entertainment each weekend at BBQ Bazaar. If you need another incentive to visit Burleigh for your next holiday, here are a few 2020 Burleigh events that are just around the corner!
12 Towers Ocean Paddle – March 6-8
Golden Moon Festival Justins Park – March 10
Movies Under the Stars Burleigh Waters – April 4
Blink 182 and Greenday Experience at BBQ Bazaar – April 17
Australian Surf Life Saving Championships – April 18-26
Aussie Ocean Swim Burleigh Beach – April 19
Gold Coast Open Burleigh – May TBC
Yoga Day Festival Justins Park – June 1
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