Burleigh heads, Australia
We so very nearly bypassed Burleigh Heads, but after trying to book to go to Byron Bay at the time of the blues festival, we had no choice but to find somewhere else to go… that is when we found Burleigh. It’s most commonly known for it’s great surf beaches, and hippie vibes. We instantly fell in love with Burleigh and think it’s one of the nicest beach towns on the east coast!
There aren’t any hostels in Burleigh heads itself, which is a serious shame! However there are hostels just a short bus ride away in the more well-known town of Coolangatta or Tweed Heads. If you fancy chilling out and catching some good waves this place should probably be on your radar!
Due to there being no hostels we chose to stay in a local Airbnb again, and the house we got was beautiful. It had its own swimming pool and was located right on the waters edge of the Gold Coasts canal system! We were in walking distance to the beach and the shops, which was perfect for us. It was so great to get to know our hosts; we made great friends with them on our stay (and ended up going back a few months later!) We think it’s so lovely to make connections with the locals; they have so much knowledge and know the area like the back of their hand! If you want to try out Airbnb on your travels then click here to get $40 off your first stay!
What to do in Burleigh
Burleigh heads is known for it’s beautiful beaches and glorious weather, which means it’s the perfect spot for a relaxing beach break! We looooved spending time at the beach soaking up the rays, and then going for a swim in the crystal clear water.
Watch the sunrise/sunset at the look out! It’s a little bit of a walk but it’s so worth it, plus you can high 5 the crazy people who are out running at 5am, to give them encouragement. I have no idea how they do it! If you head to the beach as the sun is setting, you can see Surfers Paradise’s skyline backlit with a beautiful pastel sky.
There is also a trampoline park close by called Air Factory, which is heaps of fun! We went and spent hours bouncing and jumping onto airbags, Dom even learnt how to front flip! It’s a great activity if you happen to be unfortunate enough to get a rainy old day.
We had an amazing time in Burleigh when we went back, because of buying the car it meant we could travel and explore more of the area. One of the nicest places we went to was called Currumbin rock pools. It’s well known by the locals and a lot of people go to swim in the water there, as well as sunbathing, plus the water is perfect for skimming stones. We got lots of practice while we were there!
One of the days we decided to go for a drive to a nearby waterfall, we also had a walk around the National Park there. It was cool to see the waterfall, which also had a natural slide that a bunch of kids were sliding down! We clambered down the waterfall for a better look and ended up finding some stacked stones. It’s so nice to explore an area more sometimes, you see so many things you wouldn’t have otherwise… just watch out for snakes! (eek!)
One of the more famous waterfalls in the area is Killarney Glen, which boasts a heart shaped plunge pool! Not a lot of people know, but you have to walk around to the opposite side of the walking track in order to see the heart shape in all of its glory. Usually the water is a beautiful bright blue colour but unfortunately when went it was a muddy brown colour because of some recent rain.
Make sure you take a trip to Springbrook National Park, which is home to the infamous ‘Natural Bridge’ waterfall, a naturally made bridge that was formed years ago due to the force of the water eroding the roof of a cave. The waterfall is on a 1km walking track and there are also glow worm caves! If you go at the right time of year and stay until it gets dark you can see the glow worms lighting up the cave, unfortunately we didn’t stay long enough but we did get to see some little bats flying in and out, which was pretty cool.
Near natural bridge there are heaps of amazing lookouts, one of the best that we saw was called ‘the best of all’ look out, and that it was; you could see for miles! We love lookouts in Australia – they are always so easy to drive to, you hop out of the car and see views that would have taken days to hike to. Pretty amazing when you think about it!
Take a trip to Lamington National park if you love a good hike like we do! We went on a 10km walk to see some really breathtaking waterfalls, we also so lots of wildlife (or waaarldflaarf if you want to sound Australian). We did the walk in flip flops and although we wouldn’t recommend it, we just wanted to say that it is possible! We saw so many people in full hiking gear and laughed to ourselves as we looked at we were wearing… oh well! If you go to the café near the car park, you can buy seeds for the birds and go feed the lorikeets! Feeding Lorikeets is quite the experience; they land all over your body and make such a loud squawking sound. It’s funny to watch them all bicker over the food and jump from one person’s head to another, so if you want a bit of a giggle make sure you don’t miss that!
If you want to explore more you could drive or catch the bus to Coolangatta, a nearby town. Cooly is where the famous Snapper Rocks surf break is and plays host to the Quiksilver Pro and Roxy Pro surf contest in March! We missed the contest by one day but would have loved to see the surfers doing their thing.
Burleigh is such a stunning place and we would love for more people to experience it. If you’ve ever been or know anything that we’ve missed then please feel free to comment below and share your experiences!
So there you have it. Your full and complete guide to Burleigh Heads and all the things you can get up to, so what are you waiting for… get booking!
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Kay and Dom
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