Top 10 Reasons to Visit Burleigh Heads for Your Next Holiday
Burleigh Heads is truly a unique part of the Gold Coast; a tourist destination that packs a natural rolling surf, rainforest park, wildlife attraction and some of the best Gold Coast restaurants, cafés, boutique shops, weekend markets and day spas into one laid-back coastal suburb that avid holidaymakers should experience at least once. There are a plethora of reasons to visit Burleigh for your next holiday, but from us at 2nd Avenue Beachside Apartments, we’ve listed the top 10 reasons in a quick 5-minute read!
1. Burleigh Beach
As the focal point of Burleigh Heads, Burleigh Beach starts our list, being one of the most adored beaches on the Gold Coast due to its relaxed vibe, surf appeal and unrivalled views of Surfers Paradise and Burleigh Head National Park.
The headland part of the beach provides prime surfing conditions for beginners and experts, with first-rate beachfront bistro dining at Burleigh SLSC and pristine white sand that sets the scene for relaxing, strolling and picnicking – simply put, it’s a beach that shouldn’t be ignored.
2. Burleigh Head National Park
On the headland, Burleigh Head National Park offers a casual rainforest bush walk, where picturesque picnic spots, wildlife spotting and breathtaking ocean views are just a few of the exciting experiences it has to offer.
From May to August, Burleigh Head National Park is also a fantastic viewpoint for the migrating humpback whales!
3. Cock Rock Burleigh
After enjoying the popular ocean walk in Burleigh Head National Park, return to Burleigh Beach via Burleigh Hill, where Cock Rock Burleigh offers another incredible view, and picture-taking opportunity, for adventure enthusiasts.
This climbable natural rock formation boasts a spectacular panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean, together with the sweeping coastline to Surfers Paradise. Of course, suitable footwear is recommended if you’re looking to snap the perfect picture.
4. Restaurant Dining Near Burleigh Beach
Gold Coast Highway, Goodwin Terrace, Connor Street and James Street are Burleigh dining hotspots that won’t disappoint foodies, all of which can be reached within a short walk from Burleigh Beach.
Stand-out Burleigh Heads restaurants include Rick Shores, Rabbath, Jimmy Wah’s, Mr Hizola’s, Pepe Italia and The Fish House, regularly hailed as one of Queensland’s best seafood restaurants.
5. Burleigh Heads Cafes
Visit the best Burleigh restaurants and don’t forget its cafés – top-notch coffee and mouthwatering brunch and lunch cuisine are what Burleigh’s cafés have to offer, each unique in ambience with first-class service and eclectic breakfast menus, making Burleigh one of the best locations to spend mornings on the Gold Coast.
For your holiday checklist: The Pantry Cafe, The Coffee Club Cafe, Borough Barista, Hidden Park, The Pocket and Commune Cafe.
6. James Street
After a hearty breakfast, head to Burleigh Beach or visit James Street: Burleigh’s number-one shopping destination that is highly sought-after, especially among fashion hunters, for its selection of boutique clothing stores.
James Street is just a short walk from both Burleigh Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. If you’re looking for commercial retailers and department stores, there’s always Stockland Burleigh Heads Shopping Centre on Burleigh Road.
7. The Village Markets Burleigh
An unmissable experience in Burleigh Heads is checking out the local markets, held each weekend with several to choose from depending on whether you want to get your hands on fresh regional produce, street food, handcrafted souvenirs, preloved fashion and jewellery or simply all of the above.
The most diverse and popular market is The Village Markets, held on the first and third Sunday of the month at Burleigh Heads State School. Others include the Burleigh Farmers Markets, every Saturday at Burleigh Heads State School, and the Art and Craft Markets near Justins Park on the last Sunday of the month.
8. Burleigh Heads Day Spas
Burleigh’s choice of day spas and wellness centres is second-to-none on the Gold Coast, each offering a range of world-class treatments, massages and therapies for the perfect way to spoil yourself on holiday.
A few of these include Greenhouse the Bathhouse, Burleigh Heads Massage, Sabai Thai, TTR Gold Coast and Freedom Float – all just a stone’s throw from Burleigh Beach.
9. David Fleay Wildlife Park
If you love animals, Burleigh Heads has an unforgettable experience waiting at David Fleay Wildlife Park, a 5-minute drive from the beachfront with daily feeding presentations and up-close encounters for the perfect day out.
From koalas to crocs, Fleays Wildlife Park has it all, cared for by expert conservationists in stunning natural habitats.
10. Burleigh Heads Events
Last but not least, Burleigh Heads comes alive throughout the year with some of the Gold Coast’s biggest events, such as the annual Burleigh BBQ Championships and WSL Gold Coast Open Surf Festival – plus regular weekend entertainment at Burleigh BBQ Bazaar – providing more top reasons to visit!
Just around the corner in 2020, here are a few exciting Burleigh events to look forward to:
- 12 Towers Ocean Paddle Race, which culminates on Burleigh Beach, from March 6-8
- Golden Moon Festival in Justins Park on March 10
- Movies Under the Stars The Lion King at Burleigh Waters on April 4
- Blink-182 and Green Day Experience at BBQ Bazaar on April 17
- Australian Surf Life Saving Youth Championships on Burleigh Beach April 18-19
- Aussie Ocean Swim Burleigh on April 19
- 2020 Gold Coast Open, dates to be confirmed for early May
- Yoga Day Festival in Justins Park on June 1
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For your next holiday, set your sights on Burleigh Heads Gold Coast! With 2nd Avenue, relax in the heart of Burleigh, and just footsteps from Burleigh Beach, by booking our affordable Burleigh Heads accommodation, comprising one, two and three-bedroom holiday apartments that are modern, spacious and fully self-contained with all the luxuries of home.
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