Burleigh Heads

Located midway between Coolangatta and Southport, Burleigh Heads is a headland surrounded by the tourist development of the Gold Coast where the visitor can experience what this coastline was like before the tourist invasion.

Location: 89 km south of Brisbane

Places of interest Tallebudgera Creek; Burleigh Head National Park; Nobby Beach; South Nobby; North Burleigh Beach; Burleigh Beach; Pacific Beach; Palm Beach; Currumbin Creek; The Knoll (Burleigh) Environmental Park; Tallebudgera Creek Environmental Park; localities of Nobby Beach, Miami, Palm Beach and Robina; Fleay's Wildlife Park; Balloonwalk (the first permanently moored, passenger carrying, observation balloon in Australia).

Gold Coast Oceanway

The Gold Coast Oceanway is a 36 kilometre network of pathways along beaches from the Gold Coast Seaway (The Spit) to the Point Danger Lighthouse (Coolangatta). The pathways provide healthy and environmentally-friendly ways for pedestrians and cyclists to explore the renowned beaches of the Gold Coast. The Oceanway provides access to a wide range of coastal environments including spectacular coastal vistas, beaches, headlands, mangroves, dunes and Littoral Rainforest.

Burleigh Heads Beaches

Burleigh Beach is well known as a fine surfing venue and, as such, it hosts major international surfing tournaments.

Nobby Beach, immediately north of Burleigh Heads, has a surf lifesaving club with picnicking facilities opposite Lavarack Rd. At the southern end of Nobby Beach there is a strip of foreshore parkway (missing at the northern end) and a caravan park at the southern end of Marine Parade, which follows the foreshore. Picnic facilities are located adjacent Marine Parade, almost opposite the end of Santa Monica Rd.

South Nobby marks the end of Nobby Beach and to its south is North Burleigh Beach. A narrow strip of foreshore parkland, decorated with pandanus palms and pines, abuts the beach on one side and The Esplanade on the other. It extends southwards along Burleigh Beach to the actual headland (after which the suburb is named) at the mouth of Tallebudgera Creek.

There are barbecue, picnic and parking facilities at several points, and toilets opposite Second Ave. There is a surf lifesaving club opposite Kratzman Ave and another at the southernmost end of the beach, on Goodwin Terrace, which runs past an ocean pool, more toilets and picnic/barbecue facilties, to a parking area at the northern end of the National Park.

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Brief history

The area was first settled by whites in the 1880s as a holiday village, and as such, heralded the beginning of the use of the Gold Coast region as a holiday resort.

Origin of name: named by surveyor J. R. Warner in 1840. He originally spelt it Burly Heads. The Aboriginal name for Little Burleigh was Jellurgal and for Big Burleigh, Jabbribillum. Burghley House was the family seat of the famous Cecil family in England. Lord Burleigh, the Marquis of Exeter, and in his political involvements upheld the long-standing English discrimination against Roman Catholics as well as resisting other reforms.

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