Things to do
Burleigh Heads Art and Craft Markets
The Burleigh Art and Craft markets offer a great family day out on the last Sunday of every month, all year round. With over 150 stalls of locally made crafts, fresh produce, preserves, cookies and cakes there is something for everyone.
Come down and spend a leisurely Sunday strolling around Justins Park, right near the beach front in Burleigh. Whether you're after hand made fashion, jewellery, homewares, skincare, toys, fresh produce or just something unique you won't find in the shops, there's something here for everyone. So come along and enjoy a great family day out. The markets operate between 8.00 a.m. and 2.30 p.m., weather permitting.
Burliegh Heads National Park
A wild, natural headland in the heart of the Gold Coast offers walks along the rocky foreshore and through rainforest, and the chance to see whales in spring and sea-eagles soaring along the coast. At Burleigh Head, where ancient volcanic columns meet the sea, this park features rainforest, eucalypt forest, pandanus groves, tussock grassland, coastal heath and mangroves. Its northern side is one of Australia's most famous surfing point breaks.
Walk the Ocean view walk around the rocky headland from Tallebudgera Creek and look at the tumbled masses of six-sided basalt columns. Explore the Rainforest circuit, wandering through a living museum of plants, and watch for humpback whales from Tumgun lookout in winter and spring. See Australian brush-turkey nesting mounds, seabirds and water dragons. Picnic on Burleigh foreshore or relax on Echo Beach.
John Laws Park
John Laws Park offers one of the most magical views anywhere in the world! A stunning park right atop Burleigh Headland, there are views all the way to Surfers Paradise.
Each weekend, picnic and barbecues are a plenty, with the grassy hill area a popular destination for get togethers. Bring your own picnic, or grab a take away meal or coffee from the coffee shops nearby.
At the top of Burleigh Hill is the Burleigh Heads National Park. This is a popular walking or running track, with two loop options - rainforest or ocean view. The return journeys are 2.3 and 2.4 kilometres respectively, offering superb views and the relaxing soothe of the rainforest escape.
Access to the patrolled Burleigh Beach is just around the corner, this beach known worldwide for its majestic views overlooking the rocks at Burleigh Point, all the way to the Surfers Paradise skyline.
The kids aren't forgotten, and the slippery dip and swings in John Laws Park have the best views on the Coast! Head around the corner to Justins Park, and here you will find a massive kids playground, with slippery dip, balance beam, spinning tea cup and swings.
Located right on the foreshore, Justins Park is a great park for kids and adults alike. There are many picnic tables or park bench seats. Make a day of it and bring a picnic, or grab some fish and chips and soak in the Burleigh atmosphere.
The kids playground in Justins Park is a favourite with the littlies - all the traditional favourites are there such as swings, slides and climbing, as well as a balance beam, spinning tea cup and more!
The Oceanway through Justins Park is a hub of activity. It is a locals favourite, with the wide pathways perfect for joggers, bikes and prams. This two kilometre walk also has five kiddies parks conveniently positioned at intervals!
The area just to the north of Justins Park comes alive each Monday and Wednesday morning. Over 100 residents enjoy this free Council Active and Healthy activity from 8.30am - come along and join in, and experience the relaxation and energy of tai chi.
David Fleay Wildlife Park
David Fleay Wildlife Park, on Tallebudgera Creek near Burleigh Head, on Queensland's Gold Coast, is a wildlife park with a difference!
You can stroll through natural habitats and visit a nocturnal house to see some of Australia's most iconic wildlife. You'll meet crocodiles, koalas, emus, brolgas, dingoes, dunnarts, bilbies and kangaroos, along with resident platypus, Wally. Explore the park on your own or join the rangers in one of their daily wildlife shows.
The park plays an important role in demonstrating the conservation initiatives of David Fleay, who established the property in 1951. Previously employed at Melbourne Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary, he became the first to breed platypus in captivity. Fleay was ahead of his time, in insisting that birds and other animals should be kept in conditions similar to their natural environment. The naturalistic enclosures you see today reflect that now-widely held philosophy. The park continues Fleay's work of research, breeding and education; offering the chance to see many different threatened native animals in one location.
Most of David Fleay Wildlife Park is suitable for wheelchairs, prams and for those who find walking difficult. You can also explore the nearby Tallebudgera Creek mangrove boardwalk along the mangrove-fringed Tallebudgera Creek.