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  • Surfers seeking waves at Burleigh - Gold Coast
      Surfers seeking waves at Burleigh
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  • Surf Rescue zodiac crew enjoying themselves - Gold Coast
      Surf Rescue zodiac crew enjoying themselves
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  • Beachside facilities at Burleigh - Gold Coast
      Beachside facilities at Burleigh
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  • Looking up from the beach to the National Park - Gold Coast
      Looking up from the beach to the National Park
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Burleigh, as it is generally known, is the beach immediately on the northern side of Burleigh Heads, one of the few headlands on the Gold Coast. Beyond that until Point Lookout on Stradbroke Island something like 100 km further north, nearby ?Little Burleigh? (middle distance, main photo) is the last rock outcrop in a vast near-continuous beach.

The good news is that this is one of the best beaches on the entire Gold Coast. Like the Coolangatta beaches, it is relatively sheltered from the south-easterly winds but, unlike them, is not a vast sahara-esque expanse of sand. This is a great place for surfing, though on the afternoon we visited, the waves were smallish. A few board riders struggled to pick up waves, while the Surf Rescue people amused themselves by jumping waves with their Zodiac. (photos 2,3)

Burleigh has good beachside facilities, quite reasonable parking, barbecues (photo 4) and a large surf clubhouse which includes changing rooms. The township (now suburb) of Burleigh is built right up to the headland which contains a small area of National Park (photo 5). Years ago there were koalas here and a warning sign on the road that ?koalas cross here at night?, but I?d have to wonder if any remain.

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  • Written Mar 18, 2009
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