Burleigh Heads National Park

Quick Overview:

Burleigh Heads National Park, located on the Gold Coast is a stunning headland rainforest with two winding nature walks that twist up and around the rocky foreshore and over the hill, allowing breathtaking views of the beach, Tallebudgera Creek and the Gold Coast.

Burleigh Heads National Park - Rainforest Circuit

Burleigh Heads National Park – Rainforest Circuit

What Is It?

Burleigh Heads National Park is a stunning headland rainforest located in Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast. There are two winding rainforest walks, the first of which, the Rainforest Circuit, winds up and over the hill itself through lush green trees.

The second walk, the Oceanview Walk, runs around the beautiful foreshore. Unfortunately when we visited, the Oceanview Walk was under maintenance, so we were unable to get any pictures.

View from the Rainforest Circuit, Burleigh Heads National Park

View of Tallebudgera Creek from the Rainforest Circuit, Burleigh Heads National Park

About 5 minutes into the Rainforest Circuit, you will be greeted by a beautiful view of the Gold Coast, pictured below. After that, it takes roughly 20 minutes of walking through the luscious rainforest to get to the top of the hill, from where you will be treated with absolutely stunning views out over Tallebudgera Creek, pictured above.

View of the Gold Coast from Burleigh Heads National Park

View of the Gold Coast from Burleigh Heads National Park

However, beware that this walk is not for the light hearted, there are loads of stairs and steep inclines!

Lots of stairs at Burleigh Heads National Park

Lots of stairs at Burleigh Heads National Park

Luckily the Rainforest Circuit walk is mostly covered by beautiful trees, providing a cool escape from the sun. There are also plenty of chairs throughout the walk to stop for a break if you get tired.

Rainforest Walk - Burleigh Heads National Park

Rainforest Walk – Burleigh Heads National Park

About The Nature Walks

The Rainforest Circuit is a 2.3km walk up the hill at Burleigh Heads National Park. It takes roughly 45 minutes to complete the circuit, however we recommend allowing a little bit of extra time to admire the beautiful views. The walk is classified as a Class 3 Track: It consists of gently sloping, well defined walkways with slight inclines and steps. However at some points in the walk there are steep inclines and stairs. Caution is needed on loose gravel and exposed natural lookouts. A reasonable level of fitness and ankle-supporting footwear is required.

The Oceanview Walk (Which when we visited was unfortunately closed due to maintenance), is a 1.2km one way walk around the rocky headland that leads towards Tallebudgera creek which takes about 30 minutes. The walk is classified as a Class 3 Track: It consists of gently sloping, well defined walkways with slight inclines and steps. Caution is needed on loose gravel and exposed natural lookouts. A reasonable level of fitness and ankle-supporting footwear is required.

How Long Does It Take?

The nature walks themselves are relatively short, allow around 1.5 – 2 hours to complete both, however we recommend spending the day and heading down for a dip in the water at Burleigh Heads Beach afterwards, or perhaps a picnic in the park. Its also worth checking out Tallebudgera Creek on the other side of the hill and across the bridge, which has a great playground for the kids.

How Do I Get There?

Burleigh Heads National Park is located just past the Gold Coast. Head down the Pacific Motorway and turn onto Reedy Creek Rd. Follow this road until you reach the Gold Coast Highway, from which you will be able to see the beach just ahead. The nature walks are located at the end of the beach, near the bottom of the hill. 

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What Should I Bring?

We recommend bringing plenty of drinking water, sunscreen, good ankle supporting foot wear and your camera! It might also be worthwhile to bring some swimmers, beach toys for the kids, a towel and a picnic blanket with some snacks, incase you decide to head down to Burleigh Heads Beach.

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