Burleigh Head National Park, Oceanview Walk

Burleigh Head National Park is a small park located at Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast. The best thing about it is that it is free! So, you can come along with friends, your family or solo and enjoy the beautiful Gold Coast and views at no cost whatsoever.

Burleigh, as the locals call it, is in right in the middle of Surfers Paradise and Rainbow Bay/Coolangatta, on the Gold Coast and many locals return year after year to holiday at this beautiful destination.

Probably up there with one of the most beautiful foreshores on the Gold Coast, you can’t help but get swept away in the beauty that is the gigantic pine trees and parklands filled with barbecue areas and picnic tables. It is easy to see why it has become such a popular destination.

One of the benefits of visiting a beach like Burleigh is that it is a bay and a little more protected than the surrounding beaches such as Surfers Paradise or Broadbeach, so you’re just about be guaranteed decent swimming conditions.

Where is Burleigh Head National Park

Located at the famous Burleigh Heads Beach, around 90 km south of Brisbane you will find yourself surrounded by nature and beauty. With plenty to see and do around this area, you will be spoilt for choice.

If you’re travelling south from Brisbane on the Pacific Motorway, take exit 89 and drive straight into Burleigh Heads. You will then turn right onto the Gold Coast Highway. We started our walk from the northern entrance which is off Goodwin Terrace – there is a car park at the end of this street. However, if you’re after the southern entrance, take the traffic lights immediately north of Tallebudgera Creek.

Note: Access to Echo Beach is by designated stairways only.

Burleigh Head National Park

The walking trails located in Burleigh Head National Park are beautiful. You can find the list of walks here. If you’re after a park map, you can click here.

We decided to walk the Oceanview track from Burleigh Heads beach and were not disappointed. The walk is around 1.2km one way and will take you around a half hour. The beauty of this track is that it hugs the coastline from Burleigh Heads right around to Tallebudgera Creek. You have rainforest on one side and ocean on the other!

There are a few small climbs to get to the top, but you can take it at your own pace and there are, of course, a few beautiful lookouts along the way.

If you’re visiting after some summer storms, be sure to check the Parks Alerts website to see if the track has been closed.

Tumgun Lookout

For us, we wanted to get to Tumgun Lookout. The views – wow, they were incredible and worth the short walk to get there. We stayed for quite a while just taking it all in and enjoying the peacefulness of this spot.

Cock Rock

Interesting name, isn’t it? Well, this natural volcanic formation is located on the Oceanview walk. You will need to scramble over some rocks to get to this point so try to wear some comfortable shoes so you don’t slip!

The views from the rock are incredible. I went out there for a bit, it was pretty windy so I am glad I have good balance. Jenna didn’t give it a go – her fear of heights combined with the wind on the day was too much for her to risk it!

“Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.” – Anonymous

Burleigh Head National Park


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