Burleigh Head National Park

Located in Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast, just off the Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Head National Park offers 27 hectares of plants and animals. Access is via the northern entrance off Goodwin Terrace or the southern entrance off Tallebudgera Creek. For access to Echo Beach, use the designated stairways only.

A prominent Gold Coast landmark, Burleigh Head National Park features pandanus groves, rainforest, coastal heath, eucalypt forest, rocky foreshore, tussock grassland, mangroves, creeks and beaches. For those lucky enough to be visiting during winter or spring, you might even get the chance to see the famous humpback whales breaching in the coastal waters.

Other popular sights to see at Burleigh Head National Park include birdwing butterflies drinking rainforest nectar, white-bellied sea eagles riding the updrafts of the ride and many more nature and wildlife experiences. Camping is not permitted in Burleigh Head National Park however a picnic area and amenities are provided near the northern entrance.

Burleigh Head National Park is home to a number of graded walking tracks taking in some of the park’s most interesting features including the 2.4km Oceanview Walk which leads from Tallebudgera Creek around the rocky headland to the southern fringes of the township of Burleigh Heads. Along the way you can expect to see the amazing six-sided tumbled mass of basalt columns as well as Echo Beach.

The 2.3km Rainforest Circuit is the perfect trek for those hoping to spot the humpback whales offshore. A relatively easy track, the walk features a steeper section in the middle, just before reaching Tumgun Lookout. The Burleigh Heads National Park also features a Connect with Nature program that allows visitors to enjoy a number of seasonal nature-based activities throughout the Gold Coast, hinterland, western scenic rim and Brisbane.

For your safety and others, no pets are allowed in Burleigh Heads National Park and it is recommended that visitors only walk during daylight hours. Also, ensure you are adequately prepared for the elements including suitable clothing, water and sun protection.