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Annie Rettie Gold Coast Australia Travel Tips - Owner
Lone surfer on Burleigh Heads point break
Burleigh Heads is famous for its point break. This point
break creates a long and
barrelling right-hander! Well that's what my surfing friends
Beach in Winter
The National Park is like a little oasis away from the
hustle and bustle of the Gold Coast. Enjoy a walk through
rainforest around the heads and up fabulous Tallebudgera Creek.
If you are lucky you might even see a koala in this area.
The area is being redeveloped slowly, and there are some fabulous restaurants such as Oscars which we love for Breakfasts and has a great view along the beach, but you have to book to ensure a spot! Very popular.
View across Tallebudgera Creek
from Burleigh Heads National Park
There are a few options for accommodation in the area.
Generally, the apartments and resorts are older style and some have been refurbished.
Here's a selection of accommodation in the area, or check below for more specific details.
Burleigh Heads Apartments
Gemini Court is 4* high rise apartment towers with 1 and 2 bedroom options. Airconditioning is available on request, so make sure you ask if you think you will need it. You will pay more for aircon.
Facilities include a heated 15m outdoor pool and spa, BBQ area, sauna and full sized tennis court.
Situated in quiet streets higher up on Burleigh Head with short walk to beach. There are different standards of apartments and the higher up the building the more you will pay (for the view).
This is a well
situated apartment tower which would be great for
families wanting a bit of 4* comfort.
Other options for apartments include new high rise Indigo Blue which has 2 and 3 bedroom apartments, 3 bedroom beachfront villas and 3 bedroom sub-penthouse. Located on The Esplanade and therefore directly opposite the beach
Cashelmara offers two and three bedroom apartments and is also well located on the Esplande.
Sands Mediterranean Resort
Sands Mediterranean Resort is a modern 4½ star resort with most apartments airconditioned and themed with classic mediterranean styling. Previously a Breakfree property called Breakfree Mediterranean, it is no longer managed by the Breakfree group, but is now managed by the Sands group.
The 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments most with ocean or garden views are in two towers. Resort facilities include outdoor pool and childrens's pool, indoor heated pool and spa, gym, sauna and stunning rooftop BBQ facilities.
have a light airy feel and if you get an ocean view it is stunning.
The position is brilliant for the beach and close to great cafes and
Swell Resort Gold Coast
Swell Resort Gold Coast (aka Swell Burleigh Beach Resort) is a modern 4½ star resort which has fully airconditioned 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments catering for couples or families.
Resort facilities include large outdoor pool and heated spa, gym, full sized tennis court and BBQ area.
The apartments are fitted out in a modern style and have a light, luxurious feel.
The downside to this resort is that it is on the Gold Coast Highway and you have to cross over it to get to the ocean beach.
It is only a
short stroll to some great places to eat and you are hard pushed to
find this quality elsewhere in Burleigh.
Outrigger Resort Burleigh Heads
Outrigger Resort Burleigh Heads is a refurbished Best Western property (aka Best Western Outrigger Resort) with what they call studio apartments and I call hotel rooms!
Various configurations of queen beds, to triple rooms and family rooms which can accomodate upto 5 people. All airconditioned. No ocean views, just views over the pool or hinterland.
include it is
only a short walk to the beach and there is room service breakfast
available from 7.00am to 10.00am each day.
The Gold Coast Burleigh Golf Club is in Miami and there are many other courses within a 20 to 25 minute drive. If you are after the luxury golf courses then you may need to drive a bit more - but they are usually worth it.
Yet another another fabulous Gold Coast beach! An extension
of the golden sands
of the Gold Coast.
And daily from September to April at Tallebudgera. Beach
patrols are usually from 8.00am to 5.00pm unless the beach
is closed. Always check with the Surf Life Savers on duty. When in doubt keep out of the water.
Approximate travel times by motor vehicle - please note travel times can be affected by many factors including traffic hazards and roadworks. These are just an indication.
Directions for Car Travel
For directions and other information I recommend you use Google Maps Australia. This will open in a new window, select the directions tab and then type in your starting point and where you want to go. I find the format the easiest to use and follow.
Not found quite what you are looking for?
great family destination is Coolangatta. For great
surf also try Kirra.
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