Burleigh Head National Park

Orientation & Geography

Australia, Australia, Queensland

Burleigh Head is a small national park at Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast in South East Queensland, Australia, 81 km southeast of Brisbane. Tallebudgera Creek enters the ocean directly south of the park. Burleigh Head National Park is a popular place for hiking, walkers and joggers because it located in a cool climate and provides great views. There are two walking tracks in the national park, one climbing the hill to the summit which is about 88 m above sea level, called the Ocean view circuit and another leading around the headland just above sea level called the Rainforest circuit. Watching migrating whales from wihtin the park is another popular activity. The formation of the Burleigh headland began between 23 to 25 million years ago. At this time the Tweed Volcano was active. Molten basalt lava from the volcano flowed all the way down the valleys and eroded them all. The valleys were covered in hardened sedimentary rocks before reaching what is now the Burleigh headland. The park preserves remnant areas of rainforest and mangrove forests. The Australian Brush-turkey, brahminy kites, sea eagles and koalas can be found in the park. No camping is permitted in the park. An information centre is available.