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Burleigh Beach

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.


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Le Beach Apartments

Le Beach Apartments

136 The Esplanade, Burleigh Heads, QLD
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Offering direct access to the beach, this Burleigh Heads apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Burleigh Head National Park and Burleigh Beach. Bond University is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away.

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    Aussie Resort

    Aussie Resort

    1917-1921 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads, QLD
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Burleigh Head National Park and Burleigh Beach. Bond University is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) away.

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      Southern Cross Beachfront Holiday Apartments

      Southern Cross Beachfront Holiday Apartments

      114 - 124 The Esplanade, Burleigh Heads, QLD
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Nestled on the beach, this Burleigh Heads apartment building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Burleigh Head National Park, Burleigh Golf Club and Bond University.

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        Burleigh on the Beach Holiday Apartments

        Burleigh on the Beach Holiday Apartments

        5 Fourth Avenue, Burleigh Heads, QLD
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated by the sea, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Burleigh Head National Park and Burleigh Beach. Bond University is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) away.

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          Burleigh Esplanade Apartments

          Burleigh Esplanade Apartments

          146 - 156 The Esplanade, Burleigh Heads, QLD
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Burleigh Heads, this beach condo is within 1 mile (2 km) of Burleigh Head National Park and Burleigh Beach. Bond University is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) away.

            Cashelmara Beachfront Apartments CA $347
            Cashelmara Beachfront Apartments

            Cashelmara Beachfront Apartments

            170 The Esplanade, Burleigh Heads, QLD
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Burleigh Heads, this beach apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Burleigh Head National Park and Burleigh Beach. Bond University is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) away.

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              Horizons Holiday Apartments

              Horizons Holiday Apartments

              1945 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads, QLD
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                This family-friendly Burleigh Heads apartment building is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Burleigh Head National Park and Burleigh Beach. Bond University is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) away.

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                Teenamara 7 - Burleigh Heads, QLD

                Teenamara 7 - Burleigh Heads, QLD

                Burleigh Heads, QLD
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated on the beach, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Burleigh Head National Park and Burleigh Beach. Bond University is 2.8 mi (4.6 km) away.