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
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
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
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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.