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This is my town – the place I call home on the sunny Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. It is worlds apart from the dreadfully touristy city of Surfers Paradise, which is only a mere 12 kilometres away.
Burleigh Heads has a small village atmosphere with an eclectic style which gives it a laid back easy-going vibe. It is renowned for its surf break and its safe beach which is protected by a rain-forested headland. The entire coastal strip of Burleigh is fringed with parks and pathways that can be either walked or cycled.
The Ten Top Things to do in Burleigh are:
1. Surf at Burleigh’s iconic point break
2. Swim at the safe patrolled beach
3. Walk through the rainforest in the Burleigh National Park around the headland
4. Sip on an array of organically grown coffees at various Coffee Shops
5. Walk, jog or cycle along the extensive pathways lining the beach from Burleigh to Miami Beach
6. Have a picnic or kick a football in the perfect parklands along the beach or sit atop Burleigh Point and watch the sunset.
7. Go to the Village Markets for funky fashion, arts and crafts held in the grounds of the Burleigh Heads State School on the first and third Sunday of each month. Tag your finds #TVMFaveFinds and @thevillagemarketsgc.
8. Partake in a free Yoga Class in the park on the Beachfront
9. Dine out at the many and varied restaurants and tapas bars in Burleigh Heads.
10. Shop in James Street where there is a mixture of trendy fashion boutiques, homeware shops, gift shops, surf shops and healthfood shops.
They say that a picture speaks a thousand words. I hope you have enjoyed taking a tour with me around my town. It is pretty close to being paradise!
Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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Lee-AnneDecember 9, 2014
Thank you for this lovely post which made me reminisce sooo pleasantly!
I went on a family holiday to Burleigh Heads when I was about nine. Last time I was at the Gold coast, I checked and the old timber holiday house we stayed in on the hill was still there! :)
KathyDecember 9, 2014
You are very welcome Lee-Anne. I am so proud of my backyard. Burleigh is not only a gorgeous place to holiday, but a great place to live. It has so much to offer and I am never bored for entertainment. :)
jennyandstephenmilanDecember 9, 2014
Kathy, you are so right. Burleigh is nothing like the rest of the Gold Coast. We had a fabulous holiday there with my sister and her family. Your pictures reminded me that when we come home we will have to make a return visit. Thank you!
KathyDecember 9, 2014
How about we do a swap? I would love to visit Italy and you can stay at my place in Burleigh! Seriously though Burleigh Heads is rather special. It has retained its village atmosphere and has the most beautiful beach and headland.
GayeDecember 10, 2014
Now I’m getting really excited about heading there after Christmas!
Can you tell me where I can find out more about the free yoga in the park? I would love to do that. And do you know of anywhere that you can hire bicycles?
KathyDecember 10, 2014
I’m glad I have whetted your appetite Gaye. Burleigh Heads is a beautiful place to holiday and live. Details of the yoga class are
I found this bike hire place too https://www.facebook.com/BurleighBikes
I hope you enjoy your stay in Burleigh Heads.:)
Michelle Weaver (@pinkypoinker)December 10, 2014
I love Burleigh. There is a lovely restaurant called Oscars (I think) which we went to once. It looks right out on to the water. The fish and chips from a little cafe on the beach front are the best in Australia IMO.
KathyDecember 10, 2014
Oscars is exquisite! Also the new Fishhouse across the road is pretty good. I think the fish & chip place on the beachfront has closed now and Burleigh Surf Club have extended to where it used to be. I must admit that I love Burleigh too – but I’m terribly biased!
budgettraveltalkDecember 10, 2014
I love that you have free yoga classes on the beach and I would love to check out all the restaurants and tapas bars. I was about 14 years old when I stayed in a house on the beach at Burleigh. I’d like to do that again!
KathyDecember 11, 2014
The Yoga classes are very popular. I still haven’t been to all the restaurants and Tapas bars in Burleigh – there are simply too many to count! I love just walking along the beachfront and around the National Park and enjoying a coffee afterwards. You should put Burleigh on your bucket list Jan. :)
BonnyDecember 10, 2014
The more photos I see of your part of Australia, the more I want to visit – or even live there for a while!
KathyDecember 11, 2014
Bonny we would love to have you in Burleigh. As you have probably noticed there is lots to photograph and write about in this area. Beauty abounds everywhere!
Red Nomad OZDecember 14, 2014
Burleigh Heads is one of my favourite places – except for the time quite a few years ago when we got a ridiculous amount of rain – something like 800mm in one day!!! Even then, we found a FAAAABULOUS ice cream shop in the main street – I’m not a big fan of peppermint flavouring, but the peppermint choc chip was AMAZING! Sadly, the excellent Burleigh Heads walk was closed for quite some time after that rain event – I look forward to doing it again one day!!
KathyDecember 14, 2014
Living here in Queensland does sometimes involve having days of torrential rain during Summer. I feel sorry for the tourists that come in their flocks to soak up the sunshine and all they get is rain! I do the excellent Burleigh National Park walk at least once a week, but sometimes up to three times a week. I never get sick of the stunning views from the headland and the beautiful rainforest walk.
Marisol@TravelingSolematesDecember 24, 2014
Hi Kathy, I enjoyed the tour, thank you! With lovely beaches, good coffee, free yoga, nice dining options – I’d love to live there, too! I also like that it has a village like atmosphere. Your lucky to live is such a beautiful town.
KathyDecember 24, 2014
I do feel privileged to live in such a beautiful part of the world. I hope you enjoy a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!