Burleigh Heads

The Gold Coast's Burleigh Heads is a good place to stay if you want to avoid the noise of Surfers Paradise

Another part of the Gold Coast that is popular with all ages – especially families travelling with children, Burleigh Heads is known more for it’s beautiful scenery than for a lively nightlife.

The beach is fantastic, and with lifeguards on duty all year it’s popular with swimmers as well as with surfers. And while the beach is popular, it’s far less busy than those to the north.

There are all the shops you are likely to need during your stay, and of course plenty of options for dining out: James Street and Connor Street are full of great places to try. Burleigh Heads’ relaxing atmosphere is one of it’s major charms, so if you are looking for a peaceful getaway in spectacular surroundings it should definitely be on your shortlist of places to stay.

Quest Coffee Roasters on James Street in Burleigh Heads

Quest Coffee Roasters on James Street

The National Park is another major draw and provides fantastic views. Burleigh Headland is perfectly situated for whale watching too, the best time being generally between the months of May to November. You can also wander along the coast on the footpath, or maybe enjoy a picnic in the peace and quiet the parkland provides.

On the first and third Sunday of each month you can visit the Burleigh Art and Craft markets at the Esplanade, it’s a fun place to spend an hour or so.

For a day trip (or a half day) the kids will love seeing all the animals at the David Fleay Wildlife Park in West Burleigh.


Justin Lane Pizzeria and Bar in Burleigh Heads is a highly popular venue on the Gold Coast

Justin Lane Pizzeria and Bar

There is a great selection of places to eat – whatever type of meal you feel like, you should find somewhere just right. A walk along James Street is a good place to start if you are undecided on what you want. Connor Street is also well worth visiting. You might like to try some of these places…

Breakfast, Brunch & Coffee
Parlour Coffee: 34 Tallebudgera Creek Road.
The Pantry Cafe: 15 Connor Street. Telephone (07) 5576 2818
Burgers – Ze Pickle: Cnr Park Avenue & Connor Street. Telephone (07) 5659 1091
Coffee and Cafe Food
Connors Cafe: 37 Connor Street. Telephone (07) 5535 6980
Commune: 1844 Gold Coast Highway. Telephone (07) 5520 3377
Street Corner Espresso: 1/1840 Lower Gold Coast Hwy. Telephone (07) 5520 0886
Quest Coffee Roasters: 20 James Street. Telephone (07) 5535 2959
Nook Espresso: 43 Goodwin Terrace (no telephone)
Borough Barista: 14 The Esplanade (no telephone)
Fish & Chips – Burleigh Heads Fishmongers: 7/9 James Street. Telephone (07) 5535 2927
Mediterranean – The Pocket: 13 Connor Street. Telephone (07) 5520 7770
California Tacos: 1/1718 Gold Coast Highway. Telephone (07) 5518 4043
Montezuma’s Restaurant: Old Burleigh Theatre Arcade, Goodwin Terrace. Telephone (07) 5535 1973
Mixed menu
Burleigh Heads Surf Saving Club: Corner Goodwin Terrace and Gold Coast Highway. Telephone (07) 5520 2972
Pointbreak Bar and Grill: 43 Goodwin Terrace. Telephone (07) 5535 0822
Pub Grub – Burleigh Heads Hotel: 4 The Esplanade. Telephone (07) 5508 0500
Justin Lane Pizzeria: 1708-1710 Gold Coast Highway. Telephone (07) 5576 8517
Crust Gourmet Pizza: Cnr Gold Coast Highway & Ocean Street (07) 5535 5555
Seafood – The Fish House: 50 Goodwin Terrace. Telephone (07) 5535 7725
Thai – Siam Orchid: 1878 Gold Coast Highway. Telephone (07) 5520 5999
Govindas Pure Vegetarian: 20 James Street. Telephone (07) 5607 0782
From Earth & Water: 2 West Street. Telephone (07) 5520 7907
Magic Apple: Corner Gold Coast Highway & 5th Avenue. Telephone (07) 5576 5588

For some of your local bar options please check out our Gold Coast Nightlife page.


If you are looking for somewhere to stay on the Gold Coast where you can enjoy the beauty of the surroundings without being in party-central, Burleigh Heads would make a great choice for your next trip. While there are a few places to go after dark, if partying is one of your requirements you may be better off staying somewhere better suited – check the Surfers Paradise page for starters.


Burleigh Heads apartment accommodation: Ambience on Burleigh Beach

Ambience on Burleigh Beach

Ambience On Burleigh Beach
Modern, very spacious apartments with one, two or three bedrooms. Certainly not the lowest priced option but a very nice apartment block with a fantastic location. Above average facilities too, with a 25 metre lap pool, steam room, sauna, spa and sub-tropical gardens.

Burleigh Beach Tower
With a fantastic location just across from the beach, spacious apartments, great views and very reasonable prices, Burleigh Beach Tower is hard to beat if you are looking for good value accommodation. Clean, modern and well maintained.

Hillhaven Holiday Apartments
Another good value option, with arguably the best location. Away from the traffic noise that affects places closer to the highway, this may not be the most modern building but the apartments are very nice. Amazing views too!

Le Beach Apartments
Another great value accommodation option in Burleigh Heads is Le Beach, conveniently located and with relaxed atmosphere. It has a good reputation for it’s service too. Note however that the apartments are walk-up.

Gemini Court
With very spacious one and two bedroom apartments, a virtually perfect hillside location and prices that don’t break the bank, Gemini Court Holiday Apartments is a good option. Amazing views too.

Swell Resort
Well positioned for the beach, shops and restaurants, the six story Swell Resort is a nice option. Views are not as amazing as some other places but guests have access to a pool, spa, tennis court, a gym, barbeque facilities and more.

Wyuna Beachfront Holiday Apartments
With this resort you get a choice of two or three bedroom apartments that range from budget to penthouse-style comfort. Unlike some of the other local options, ALL apartments here offer ocean views. Resort facilities are limited, but the location is perfect.