A wild, natural headland in the heart of the Gold Coast offers walks along the rocky foreshore and through rainforest, and the chance to see whales in spring and sea-eagles soaring along the coast.
Getting there and getting around
The park is at Burleigh Heads, which is on the Gold Coast, 90km south of Brisbane. If travelling from Brisbane on the Pacific Motorway, take exit 89 and drive into Burleigh Heads. Turn right onto the Gold Coast Highway.
To reach the northern entrance of the park, turn off the Gold Coast Highway into Goodwin Terrace. The carpark is at the end of Goodwin Terrace.
To reach the southern entrance at Tallebudgera Creek, turn off the Gold Coast Highway at the traffic lights near the QPWS Burleigh Head Information Centre.
For the safety of visitors, sections of the track skirting the coastline may be closed during wet weather. Check at the QPWS Burleigh Head Information Centre for the latest information on track closures.
There is a wheelchair ramp to the fishing platform on Tallebudgera Creek, at the southern entrance to the park. The tracks within the park are not wheelchair-accessible.
Burleigh headland is a prominent Gold Coast landmark. Within the headland’s 27ha national park you will discover rainforest, eucalypt forest, pandanus groves, tussock grassland, coastal heath, mangroves, creeks, rocky foreshore and beaches.
Visitors may glimpse humpback whales breaching in coastal waters during winter and spring, see white-bellied sea-eagles riding the ridge updrafts, or watch birdwing butterflies feeding on rainforest nectars in mid-summer.
Camping and accommodation
Camping: Camping is not permitted in Burleigh Head National Park.
Other accommodation: There is a wide range of holiday accommodation on the Gold Coast. For more information see the tourism information links below.
Things to do
The QPWS Burleigh Head Information Centre on the Gold Coast Highway at Tallebudgera Creek provides visitors with local and statewide information on conservation and recreation. Visit the boardwalk display at the Information Centre and learn more about the region’s wildlife.
Walking: Graded walking tracks give easy access to the park’s most interesting features.
Oceanview walk — 1.2km one way (Allow 30 minutes) Grade: Easy
This track leads around the rocky headland from Tallebudgera Creek to the southern edge of Burleigh Heads township. You can look at the tumbled masses of six-sided basalt columns, and relax by the creek at Echo Beach. You can either return by the same path or via the rainforest circuit path and Tumgun Lookout. For the safety of visitors, sections of this track coastline may be closed during wet weather, due to the risk of rock falls. Check at the QPWS Burleigh Head Information Centre for the latest information on track closures.
Rainforest circuit — 2.3km return (Allow 45 minutes) Grade: Moderate
Most of this track is an easy grade, but there is a steep section in the middle near Tumgun Lookout. The lookout is a good place to watch for humpback whales splashing offshore in winter and spring.
Picnic and day use areas
A council picnic area and toilets are located near the northern entrance to the park along Goodwin Terrace.
For your safety, walk in Burleigh Head National Park in daylight hours only. The Burleigh Head Information Centre is generally open from 10am to 3pm weekdays, 9am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Climate and weather
The Gold Coast has a mild, subtropical climate. Daily temperatures range from 20 to 28 degrees Celsius in summer and from 11 to 21 degrees Celsius in winter.
For more information, please read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.
QPWS Burleigh Heads Information Centre
1711 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads
PO Box 203, Burleigh Heads QLD 4220
ph (07) 5535 3032
fax (07) 5520 3913
EPA Customer Service Centre
160 Ann Street, Brisbane
PO Box 15155, City East QLD 4002
ph (07) 3227 8185
fax (07) 3227 8749
Information for this National Park has been supplied courtesy of Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service