The headland is the remnant of molten lava spewed from numerous volcanic
eruptions in the Mount Warning area some 20 to 23 million years ago. The lava
spread in all directions, with some flows reaching the coastline at Burleigh
headland and Point Danger. Over time, cooling, rain and erosion changed the
landscape, whilst the ocean eroded the soft sedimentary rock, leaving behind the
To the local Kombumerri people,
where ever you are on Jellurgal, or Burleigh Heads as it is known, the area
held significance as a sacred place, with stories describing how the landscape
was formed. Reminders of the traditional lifestyle, is still in evidence today
in the national park, although much has been lost in the wider region. Please
respect Aboriginal culture by leaving the sites untouched. For more information
see the Queensland Parks
and forests - Burleigh Heads National Park.
At the heart of Burleigh Heads is James Street, with its cafes and retail
shops. To the south-west is West Burleigh, with industries and shops, whilst
Burleigh Waters includes a man-made lake, parks and gardens. Burleigh Heads is
renowned for some spectacular surfing conditions attracting surfers from
around the word for its tubular Burleigh Barrel waves. It is also the venue
for major surfing tournaments.
Check out our listing of
Burleigh Heads accommodation and
accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact
the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local
maps and other information.