Burleigh Beach

Burleigh Beach showing a sandy beach, general coastal views and skyline
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Head to this quieter suburban stretch of the Gold Coast and discover a national park, white sands and Australian wildlife.

Burleigh Beach is one of the Gold Coast’s best beaches. This stretch of white sand is 1.5 miles (2.5 kilometers) long and a good place to relax, walk or splash around in the Pacific Ocean. The beaches are patrolled by surf life savers when it gets busy. The bigger waves are popular among surfers, and international and national surfing championships are held here regularly.

If swimming isn’t your thing, head out for a nature walk. From the Surf Life Saving Club, follow the long path along the esplanade to the parking lot at the end of Goodwin Terrace, where you’ll find the entry to Burleigh Heads National Park. From here you can take an ocean view circuit, just under a mile (1.2 kilometers) one way. Or, follow the rain forest circuit, a 1.4-mile (2.3-kilometer) return journey to a lookout point, where you might spot migrating whales between May and October. The view of the skyline of Surfers Paradise to the north will provide a good photo opportunity year-round, especially at sunset.

You can get up-close to Australian wildlife at the not-for-profit Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary to the south and further inland at the David Fleay Wildlife Park in Burleigh Heads. Feed the lorikeets and encounter koalas and crocodiles. See how threatened populations including the flightless cassowary bird, the small tree kangaroo, the furry bilby, and the odd-looking duck-billed platypus are being rehabilitated.

The nearby town of Burleigh Heads has plenty of restaurants and cafés. Enjoy the wide array of options, from tapas and seafood to organic vegan restaurants. Many of the bars host talented local musicians on weekend nights.

For a laid-back way to dine, pack a picnic and sit in Justins Park, which overlooks the beach. Kids will enjoy the playground here. It’s also the place where locals come to exercise or socialize. If you are here on the last Sunday of the month, pick up some locally made souvenirs at the arts and crafts markets, which are located just to the north of the park.

Burleigh Beach lies between the suburbs of Miami and Burleigh Heads, with Mermaid Beach at its northern border.

Top Hotels Close to Burleigh Beach

Aussie Resort
Aussie Resort
3.5 out of 5
1917-1921 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads, QLD, 4220
The price is $159 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 25
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in Gold Coast. Enjoy free parking, WiFi, and a terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds in our reviews. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (286 reviews)
"Organised, clean and great service. I would definitely stay here again 😊🙌"

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2022

Pacific Regis Apartments
Pacific Regis Apartments
3.5 out of 5
30-40 The Esplanade, Burleigh Heads, QLD, 4220
Stay at this 3.5-star beach hotel in Gold Coast. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Popular attractions Burleigh Beach and Burleigh Head National ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (203 reviews)
"Great spot to stay ! Close To everything you need ! Beach cafe an pub basically on your door step !!"

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2022

Boardwalk Burleigh Beach
Boardwalk Burleigh Beach
4 out of 5
1877-1879 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads, QLD, 4220
Stay at this 4-star beach aparthotel in Gold Coast. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the bathrooms ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (89 reviews)
"Fantastic location for our week stay. Clean, modern rooms. Staff were very friendly and the rooms were quiet. Highly recommend."

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2022

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Outrigger Burleigh
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3.5 out of 5
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Pacific Regis Apartments
Pacific Regis Apartments
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Boardwalk Burleigh Beach
Boardwalk Burleigh Beach
4 out of 5
1877-1879 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads, QLD, 4220
Aussie Resort
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Key Largo Apartments
Key Largo Apartments
3.5 out of 5
1911 Gold Coast Highway, Gold Coast, Burleigh Heads, QLD, 4220
Burleigh on the Beach Holiday Apartments
Burleigh on the Beach Holiday Apartments
4 out of 5
5 Fourth Avenue, Burleigh Heads, QLD, 4220
Ambience on Burleigh Beach
Ambience on Burleigh Beach
4.5 out of 5
2-14 The Esplanade, Burleigh Heads, QLD, 4220
Burleigh Mediterranean Resort
Burleigh Mediterranean Resort
4 out of 5
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Burleigh Beach Tower
Burleigh Beach Tower
3.5 out of 5
52 Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads, QLD, 4220
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