Burleigh Head Circuit

45 min to 1 h 15 min
30 min to 45 min

2.3 km
circuit

↑ 133 m
↓ -133 m

Easy track
Starting from the car park off Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads, this walk takes you on a circuit in the Burleigh Head National Park, visiting a couple of beaches and lookouts along the way. Prepared to be blown away by the amazing views over the headland and the Coral Sea, with a chance of seeing a gorgeous whale breach through the water. You’ll be passing by Echo Beach and other swimming areas as you hike on the Oceanview Track, so pack your swimmers and enjoy the lovely waters of Coral Sea. Kookaburras, king parrots and noisy pittas are among the bird species you can spot in the area along with the fellow brushturkeys of Australia. Savor the views and be patient as you observe the waters from the Tumgun and Jebbribillum lookouts to increase your chance of seeing a humpback in the air. There is a restaurant nearby for you to refuel your energy, grab something you can consume at the lookout(without littering ofc) to help you spend time there. The undulating wide tracks are perfectly suitable for small children as well, so don’t hesitate to bring your whole family for a lovely coastal trip together. Try to avoid peak hours and weekends as the track is quite popular amongst runner groups and tourists. Remember to keep an eye out for snakes along the track. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-28.0899428,153.457607)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Pacific Motorway, M1
  • Turn on to then drive for 240 m
  • Keep left onto Exit 87 Southport Burleigh Road and drive for another 1.8 km
  • Turn right onto Reedy Creek Road, 80 and drive for another 3.3 km
  • Turn right onto Gold Coast Highway, 2 and drive for another 340 m
  • Keep left onto Goodwin Terrace and drive for another 440 m
  • Turn left and drive for another 55 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the car park off Goodwin Terrace(near John Laws Park), head towards the paved track leading you towards the sea between the green-roofed seating area and the monument nearby. Follow the track as you keep the sea to your left, then pass through the brown and white wooden bicycle barrier/gate. Shortly after, keep left and follow the fenceline(to your left) as the track splits into two to continue along Burleigh Head Circuit(counterclockwise).....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Find the shelter at the start.
After another 5 m (at the intersection of Burleigh Link Track & Oceanview Track) continue straight, to head along Oceanview Track.
Keep left.
After another 70 m veer left, to head along Oceanview Track.
After another 75 m continue straight, to head along Oceanview Track.
After another 8 m head through/around the gate.
After another 540 m head through/around the gate.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This tiny side trip takes you to the beach where the Tallebudgera Creek meets the Coral Sea. Involves steps. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 235 m continue straight, to head along Oceanview Track.
After another 9 m (at the intersection of Tallebudgera Link Track & Oceanview Track) veer right, to head along Tallebudgera Link Track.
After another 165 m turn right.
Then pass the toilet (95 m on your left).
This toilet is wheelchair accessible.
After another 35 m pass a seat (on your left)., has a backrest.
The starting point of an alternate route. An alternate route via the inner section of the Rainforest Circuit, skipping Tumgun Lookout. To take the alternate route turn sharp left here. Details below.
At the intersection of Rainforest Circuit & Tallebudgera Link Track continue straight, to head along Rainforest Circuit.
After another 400 m pass a seat (on your left).
After another 195 m come to the "Tumgun Lookout".
Then pass a seat (on your left).
After another 150 m pass a seat (9 m on your right)., has a backrest.
The alternate route finishes here. Turn left to rejoin the main route at the 1.9 km waypoint. Details below.
At the intersection of Burleigh Link Track & Rainforest Circuit continue straight, to head along Burleigh Link Track.
After another 190 m come to the "Jebbribillum Lookout" (25 m on your right).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This little side trip takes you to the Jebbribillum Lookout where you can spot a whale. Remember, patience is a virtue. To start this optional side trip veer right here. On returning from this side trip error >360 when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
Turn left, to head along Burleigh Link Track.
After another 105 m head down the steps (about 50 m long)
Then pass the car park (15 m on your left).
After another 50 m (at the intersection of Oceanview Track & Burleigh Link Track) veer left.
After another 20 m come to the end.

This tiny side trip takes you to the beach where the Tallebudgera Creek meets the Coral Sea. Involves steps.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Then head down the steps
After another 20 m come to the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 20 m to the main route.

This little side trip takes you to the Jebbribillum Lookout where you can spot a whale. Remember, patience is a virtue.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along Burleigh Link Track.
After another 20 m come to the end.
"Jebbribillum Lookout".
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 20 m to the main route.

An alternate route via the inner section of the Rainforest Circuit, skipping Tumgun Lookout.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Tallebudgera Link Track & Rainforest Circuit Start heading along Rainforest Circuit (a footpath).
After another 140 m continue straight, to head along Rainforest Circuit.
After another 50 m (at the intersection of Rainforest Circuit & Julia Street Link Track) continue straight, to head along Rainforest Circuit.
After another 480 m come to a seat., has a backrest.
The end.
At the end of this alternate route, rejoin the main route.
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Terrain
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Burleigh Head Circuit


Grading
Class 2/6
Easy track
Length 2.3 km
Time 45 min to 1 h 15 min
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (2/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)

Some facilities on route
Shelter: There is one 20 m from the start.

Toilet: There is one 1.1 km from the start.

Seat: There are 4 on route, on average they are 460 m apart with the largest gap of 1.2 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Shelter
20 m[shelter]
Toilet
1.1 km[toilet]
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