Burleigh Heads is known as a family-friendly neighbourhood with a laid back village atmosphere. It is home to some of the Gold Coasts best beaches and a scenic national park on the headland, popular with walkers. A few kilometres south of Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise, Burleigh Heads was originally known as Burly Head, deriving its name from the huge basalt rocks of the headland. Settlement began in the 1840s but rapid growth did not take place until the 1960s to 1980s. Burleigh Heads is bound by the suburb of Miami in the north, Tallebudgera Creek to the south and the Pacific Motorway just beyond West Burleigh to the west.
The heart of Burleigh Heads is popular James Street, a village centre featuring retail stores, trendy cafes and restaurants, with a couple of quaint arcades, including the former cinema. More comprehensive retail and commercial facilities can be found two kilometres to the west at the Burleigh Town Marketplace and Treetops Shopping Centre.
During the early mornings you will generally find locals walking along the beach, fishing, surfing, out on their paddleboards or enjoying breakfast at one of the many quirky local cafes. The outdoor lifestyle that Gold Coasters love is most apparent in Burleigh Heads. The area has a number of sporting clubs including two surf lifesaving clubs, also state schools and the private Marymount College. In the hills just west of the CBD is the David Fleay Wildlife Park, where visitors can view and learn about Australia’s flora and fauna in natural rainforest surroundings.
Burleigh Heads real estate offers a wide variety of dwellings. Predominantly residential in nature, Burleigh Heads real estate can be a luxury beachside apartment, low-rise unit in a suburban street, or housing ranging from older style homes to new and renovated properties. Close to the beach residents can enjoy a water outlook, while spectacular ocean and coastal views are available from prestige properties on the hill behind the headland. On the other side of this rise, just to the west of the town centre, Burleigh Waters offers newer lake and canal-front living with ocean boating access.