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Burleigh Heads - Cities, Towns and Localities
Located on the popular Gold Coast between Coolangatta and Surfers Paradise, just over 90 km south of Brisbane, is Burleigh Heads.

An great location to base yourself, to visit all that the Gold Coast has to offer. To the north is Miami, Mermaid Waters, Broadbeach, Surfers Paradise, Southport, Main Beach and Biggera Waters. As you travel south, passing over Tallebudgera Creek, the Gold Coast Highway takes you through Palm Beach, pass Currumbin, Coolangatta and onto Tweed Heads.

With the prominent Gold Coast landmark also known as ‘The Point’, the Burleigh headland is the last remaining headland on the Gold Coast that is still close to its natural state maintained within the Burleigh Heads National Park.

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 hard basalt.1

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 Gold Coast 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.

Information Centre

Burleigh Heads Information Centre
1171 Gold Coast Highway
Ph: 07 5535 3032

Also see contact for Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service - Gold Coast

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Burleigh Heads Attractions

Burleigh Heads National Park
• Adjacent to the Tallebudgera Creek entrance, the park covers an area of just over 27 hectares and features the Burleigh headland, a prominent Gold Coast landmark. This wild natural headland offers you a walk along the rocky foreshore with the chance to do some whale watching off the coastal waters during spring, or a spot of bird spotting such as sea-eagles, brush turkeys and migratory birds, that use the region as a refuge and a feeding area.

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Burleigh Heads Distance

Distance to Burleigh Heads
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Burleigh Heads:
• Biggera Waters 19
• Brisbane 909
• Burleigh Waters 4
• Coolangatta 13
• Mermaid Waters 7
• Miami 2
• Nerang 21
• Palm Beach 5
• Southport 14
• Surfers Paradise 10
• West Burleigh 3
• Tweed Heads, NSW 14
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
The Australian Automotive Motoring Associations also offer select access to travel trip planners.

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