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Burleigh Beach

Head to this quieter suburban stretch of the Gold Coast and discover a national park, white sands and Australian wildlife.

Burleigh Beach is one of the Gold Coast’s best beaches. This stretch of white sand is 2.5 kilometres (1.5 miles) long and a good place to relax, walk or splash around in the Pacific Ocean. The beaches are patrolled by surf life savers when it gets busy. The bigger waves are popular among surfers, and international and national surfing championships are held here regularly.

If swimming isn’t your thing, head out for a nature walk. From the Surf Life Saving Club, follow the long path along the esplanade to the parking lot at the end of Goodwin Terrace, where you’ll find the entry to Burleigh Heads National Park. From here you can take an ocean view circuit, just over a kilometer (0.8 miles) one way. Or, follow the rain forest circuit, a 2.3 kilometre (1.4-mile) return journey to a lookout point, where you might spot migrating whales between May and October. The view of the skyline of Surfers Paradise to the north will provide a good photo opportunity year-round, especially at sunset.

You can get up-close to Australian wildlife at the not-for-profit Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary to the south and further inland at the David Fleay Wildlife Park in Burleigh Heads. Feed the lorikeets and encounter koalas and crocodiles. See how threatened populations including the flightless cassowary, the small tree kangaroo, the furry bilby, and the odd-looking duck-billed platypus are being rehabilitated.

The nearby town of Burleigh Heads has plenty of restaurants and cafés. Enjoy the wide array of options, from tapas and seafood to organic vegan restaurants. Many of the bars host talented local musicians on weekend nights.

For a laid-back way to dine, pack a picnic and sit in Justins Park, which overlooks the beach. Kids will enjoy the playground here. It’s also the place where locals come to exercise or socialise. If you are here on the last Sunday of the month, pick up some locally made souvenirs at the arts and crafts markets, which are located just to the north of the park.

Burleigh Beach lies between the suburbs of Miami and Burleigh Heads, with Mermaid Beach at its northern border.


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Burleigh Esplanade Apartments

146 - 156 The Esplanade, Burleigh Heads, QLD
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Burleigh Heads, this beach condo building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Burleigh Head National Park and Burleigh Beach. Bond University is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) away.

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    2nd Avenue Beachside Apartments

    3 Second Avenue, Burleigh Heads, QLD
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Nestled on the beach, this Burleigh Heads apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Burleigh Beach, Burleigh Head National Park, and Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Tours & Information Hub. Stockland Burleigh Heads Shopping Centre and Burleigh Golf Club are also within 2 mi (3 km).

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      Burleigh on the Beach Holiday Apartments

      Burleigh on the Beach Holiday Apartments

      5 Fourth Avenue, Burleigh Heads, QLD
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated by the sea, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Burleigh Head National Park and Burleigh Beach. Bond University is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) away.

        Le Beach Apartments AU$220
        Le Beach Apartments

        Le Beach Apartments

        136 The Esplanade, Burleigh Heads, QLD
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Offering direct access to the beach, this Burleigh Heads apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Burleigh Head National Park and Burleigh Beach. Bond University is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away.

          Aussie Resort AU$182
          Aussie Resort

          Aussie Resort

          1917-1921 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads, QLD
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Burleigh Head National Park and Burleigh Beach. Bond University is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) away.

            Southern Cross Beachfront Holiday Apartments AU$300
            Southern Cross Beachfront Holiday Apartments

            Southern Cross Beachfront Holiday Apartments

            114 - 124 The Esplanade, Burleigh Heads, QLD
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Nestled on the beach, this Burleigh Heads apartment building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Burleigh Head National Park, Burleigh Golf Club, and Bond University.

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              Cashelmara Beachfront Apartments

              Cashelmara Beachfront Apartments

              170 The Esplanade, Burleigh Heads, QLD
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Burleigh Heads, this beach apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Burleigh Head National Park and Burleigh Beach. Bond University is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) away.

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                Key Largo Apartments

                1911 Gold Coast Highway, Gold Coast, Burleigh Heads, QLD
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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