Best Things to Do in Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast

Searching for the best things to do in Burleigh Heads? With its pristine beaches, vibrant local culture, and endless opportunities for outdoor adventure, Burleigh Heads has so many fun things to do for couples, families or solo adventurers.

Whether you explore the natural beauty of the area’s rainforests and national parks or simply relax in one of its many charming cafes or restaurants, here’s how to plan the perfect Burleigh Heads trip.

Best Free Things to Do in Burleigh Heads

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1. Swim at Burleigh Beach

There are pristine beaches in Australia, and then there’s Burleigh Heads – an absolute gem on the Gold Coast. Start your trip here and swim between the flags to enjoy the ultimate beach experience. 

2. Explore Burleigh National Park

At the top of Burleigh Hill, you’ll find the entrance to Burleigh National Park. Take a walk through this Gold Coast rainforest, eucalypt forest, and mangroves, and see how many whales you can spot during winter and spring. There are several paths you can take to the beach. 

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Tallebudgera Creek

3. Take a dip at Tallebudgera Creek

After walking through Burleigh National Park, take a dip in Tallebudgera Creek. Not only is this place stunning, but it’s a protected beach area which makes it a perfect place for families.

4. Visit Echo Beach

If you’re at Tallebudgera Creek, it’s a short walk to Echo Beach. Don’t skip a visit to this pristine beach and secluded swimming area.

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5. Have a Picnic at John Laws Park

You can’t beat the views of the coast and Surfer’s Paradise from Burleigh Hill. Grab a takeaway coffee and snacks and enjoy a picnic on the grass. There’s also a playground if you’re traveling with kids. 

6. Check out North Burleigh Beach

Planning a day trip from Brisbane? Arrive early, set up your beach tent or umbrella, and enjoy the ultimate beach day on the Gold Coast. It’s easy to fall in love with North Burleigh! 

7. Watch the waves from North Burleigh Lookout

It’s a short trek to the lookout, with amazing views of Burleigh Beach and Surfer’s Paradise.

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9. See the Rainbow Stairs

The stairs are painted bright colors, and the path will take you from Burleigh to Miami. 

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10. Chill out in Miami

This pristine white sand beach is worth a visit if you’re in Burleigh.

How to Get to Burleigh Heads 

From Brisbane: Burleigh Heads is an easy day trip from Brisbane. It’s located on Australia’s Gold Coast in Queensland and a one-hour drive from Brisbane. 

From Gold Coast Airport: Burleigh Heads is an approximate 17-minute drive from Gold Coast Airport. 

Tallebudgera Creek

Where to Stay in Burleigh Heads

We stayed at Burleigh on the Beach and loved it. It’s a short walk to the beach and near Commune cafe. There is a pool, spa, gym, and BBQ area. The apartments come with a kitchen which is a huge plus if you’re traveling with kids and prefer to cook your own meals. One thing worth mentioning – there are a few stairs, so it’s not the most accessible if you have a pram. 

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Conclusion: Fun Things to Do in Burleigh Heads

Whether you’re planning a day trip from Brisbane, a romantic getaway or a weekend adventure with kids, you’ll definitely want to add this Gold Coast destination to your travel bucket list! After a day in Bureligh Heads, you’ll leave feeling rested and rejuvenated.

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