Burleigh Head National Park

Burleigh Head National Park is the prominent forested headland midway along the Gold Coast beach strip. Packed into this 27.6 ha park is a range of habitats including rainforest, eucalypt forest, pandanus groves, tussock grassland, coastal heath and mangroves.

The headland is an important refuge and feeding area for many animals including migratory birds. During winter and spring, humpback whales pass the headland during their annual migration along the coast.

Getting there

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 car park is at the end of Goodwin Terrace.To reach the southern entrance at Tallebudgera Creek, turn off the Gold Coast Highway at the traffi c lights just before the bridge.

Access to Echo Beach is by designated stairways only.

Wheelchair & pram accessibility

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. Ocean View track is wheelchair assisted only—other tracks are not compatible for wheelchairs and prams.

Explore on foot

Explore the park’s features by walking along one of two tracks that wind through the headland; the Ocean View track (1.2 km one way, 30 mins) and Rainforest circuit (2.3 km return, 45 mins). Take a walk around the rocky foreshore and return via a rainforest-covered headland past Tumgun lookout. Relax by the creek at Echo Beach and admire the tumbled masses of six-sided basalt columns on the headland. Learn about the headland from signs located along the track.

Facilities and Activities

  • Easy or short walks
  • Fishing
  • Information Centre on site
  • Lookout
  • No camping
  • No camp fires

Burleigh Head National Park map

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