Burleigh Heads, or just Burleigh to locals, is home to towering fragrant pine trees with plenty of places in which to picnic or barbecue. This is also a great place for art and craft markets. You'll find oceanfront dining here and swear the fish on your plate jumped straight out of the water, and there’s also a funky café culture in these parts. New designers are also starting to pepper the shopping areas, so you won't be disappointed.
The beaches here are popular for those who like to swim in protected waters and those who love to surf around the headland. On a day when it might be a little choppy elsewhere along the Coast, there will be a protected corner in Burleigh that will be calm. Besides the beach, you can head to Burleigh Heads National Park, with a number of walking trails and wildlife to experience.
Burleigh Heads Weather – When to Visit
The best time to visit Burleigh Heads is from March to May. Temperatures average between the high 50s and mid-80s with little rainfall towartds May. Winter (June to August) and spring (September to November) are also popular times to visit due to the mild temperatures and dry days. Bu hotels during these two seasons see hotels booked solid. You'll find better airfare and hotel room deals during the wet, humid season, which is from December to early March. Just note that the soggy weather might hinder your outdoor activities.
Best Burleigh Heads Beaches
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach is a 2-kilometre stretch of sand running north from Burleigh Head National Park. It is one of the Gold Coast’s famous beaches, popular with surfers and swimmers. The natural features in the waters around Burleigh Heads Beach means it often remains calm and protected while other Gold Coast beaches can experience choppier waters.
Tallebudgera Creek is an eye-searingly blue estuary, fringed by one of the best beaches on the Gold Coast. Here, you can sun worship and swim without fear of getting tumble rolled by a vicious wave.
Nobbys is a great little patch of sand playing front yard to the numerous bars, eat haunts, and surf vibes of its namesake suburb. Nobbys is edged by a headland, where great bodies get greater and many an epic BBQ has been enjoyed.
The word creek might not give you much excitement, but the mouth of Currumbin Creek is a dream scene. You'll ee pods of dolphins gliding past stand-up paddle boarders. Worth the trip!
Currumbin to Kirra
The immaculate sands of Currumbin, Tugun, Bilinga and Kirra make up seven kilometers of uninterrupted strolling magic. The goodness continues south around the corner to Coolangatta, too. It’s one of the finest stretches of beach in the whole country. And it’s virtually deserted!
Best Nearby Burleigh Heads Tours & Activities by Viator
Gold Coast Jet Boat Ride from Main Beach
Zip through the scenic Gold Coast Broadwater on a high-octane jet boat ride that combines speed-driven fun with sightseeing. Hang on as your boat performs 360-degree spins, power slides and other tricks, then slow down to see Southport Yacht Club, Palazzo Versace Hotel and Marina Mirage. You'll also buzz past Seaworld, the mansions of Sovereign Island and Moreton Bay Marine Park, venturing further than other similar tours. Dolphins and other marine life often seen in these waterways — keep your eyes peeled! Learn more about the Gold Coast Jet Boat Ride.
1 Hr Jet Ski Safari
Take off from Main Beach on a Jet Ski tour to enjoy the natural beauty of the Gold Coast in an exciting way. You'll cruise up to South Stradbroke Island, traveling about 9 miles (15 km) past beaches, sandbars, and mangroves. Learn more about the 1 Hr Jet Ski Safari.
Springbrook National Park and Mt Tamborine
Get away from the hustle and bustle of the Gold Coast for the day on this tour around through the serene Springbrook National Park. Explore miles and miles of stunning Australian rain forest with help from your guide, a former Queensland Wildlife Ranger. Discover hidden waterfalls and animal habitats, meet the glowworms living under the unreal Natural Bridge, and take stunning photos at the park’s many lookouts including the appropriately-named Best of All Lookouts. Learn more about the Springbrook National Park & Mt Tamborine Tour.
2-Hour Beginners Surf Lesson at Main Beach
During your visit to the Gold Coast, learn the basics of surfing with a 2-hour beginning surfing lesson at Main Beach. With gentle waves it is an ideal place to learn to surf, and your lesson includes use of all necessary equipment. Your guide ensures a safe and fun introduction to surfing, and provides hotel pickup and drop-off. Learn more about the 2-Hour Beginners Surf Lesson at Main Beach.
PADI Open Water Course
Learn to dive during this three-day PADI course on the scenic Gold Coast. After a convenient hotel pickup, begin with academic and pool training before moving to open-water diving with a professional instructor-guide. Receive intensive instruction during three days of multi-hour training sessions and finish with a PADI certification, valid anywhere in up to 59 feet (18 meters) of water. Learn more about the PADI Open Water Course.
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Best Burleigh Heads Restaurants
Restaurant Labart $11 – 30
This intimate 60-seat bistro brings a touch of European sophistication to the local dining scene. Restaurant Labart’s open-plan kitchen and charcoal grill allows diners a front-row seat to watch the chef and his talented team work their magic. The changing menu is designed to share with both snacks, small and large plates on offer, with all ingredients locally and sustainably sourced. Telephone: 07 55 763 498Web: Restaurant Labart
Rick Shores $11 – 30
Pan-Asian flavors in one of the Gold Coast's most iconic locations. Focusing on fresh, locally-sourced produce with intention to share. Try Rick’s famous Moreton Bay bug rolls. Telephone: 07 5630 6611 Web: Rick Shores
Harry's Steak Bistro $11 – 30
Harry's uses locally sourced organic fruit and veg direct from the farmer where possible. Living in beautiful Australia gives us access to work alongside Australian cattle producers to serve you the best possible steak for the best possible price. Telephone: 07 5535 2699 Web: Harry's Steak Bistro
Iku Yakitori And Whisky Bar $11 – 30
They are all about the juicy, most tasty, charcoal grilled meats you have ever dreamed of. Cooked to perfection over their Binchotan charcoal and enjoyed in their whiskey bar. Telephone: 07 5568 7300 Web: Iku Yakitori And Whiskey Bar
Rabbath $11 – 30
Rabbath is a contemporary Lebanese bistro, is the Coast’s most intimate restaurant. Everything has been custom made; from the wine display racks that hang overhead, to the compact kitchen and bar combo that occupies a third of the venue. There are old world Mediterranean mosaic tiles, cozy corners and soft lighting that’ll make you immediately feel at home. Telephone: 07 5535 4141 Web: Rabbath
Best Burleigh Heads Bars
Enjoy the patio and outdoor bar, with views to Burleigh Beach. Enjoy Justin’s Coladas and handmade sourdough pizzas. One of the best bars in Burleigh. Telephone: 61 7 5576 8517 Web: Justin's Rooftop
Pull up a stool at the bar where bartenders are dressed in ties, waistcoats and flat caps, and enjoy a Rob Roy. Listen to blues and rockabilly tunes, and enjoy an intimate night behind closed doors. Telephone: 61 488 111 030 Web: Lockwood Bar
Burleigh Brewing Co.
Burleigh Brewing HQ is open afternoons each week with live music and food trucks on weekends, and is totally a visit to try their famed brews such as Twisted Palm, Hef, Bighead,and 28 Pale Ale, as well as limited edition concoctions. Telephone: 07 5593 6000 Web: Burleigh Brewing Co.
Let your hair down in a laid back atmosphere with no dress codes, no rules, just good old-fashioned, anti-establishment fun with live music, cold beach and huge selection of spirits and cocktails. Web: Nightjar
Iku Yakitori & Whisky Bar
Explore their extensive range of rare Japanese whisky's, sake, shochu, Australian spirits and a carefully selected and thoroughly inspired wine list. Telephone: 07 5568 7300 Web: Iku Yakitori & Whisky Bar