Burleigh Heads is seen as a key geographical feature of the Gold Coast. This two kilometre stretch of sand starts where the basalt boulders of Burleigh Headland fall into the sea and ends at North Burleigh Headland.
The shape, size and orientation of Burleigh Headland provides beach users at the southern end of the beach, some protection during strong southerly winds. With the beautiful headland, a long surfing point and an abundance of clean sand, it’s easy to see why Burleigh Heads has become one of Gold Coast’s most popular beaches.
For surfers, Burleigh Heads is Gold Coast’s most northern point break and is synonymous with long, powerful, sand-bottomed barrels. A southeast swell offers the optimal wave approach for Burleigh Point. This swell generally produces favourable wave peel angles favourable for surfing. In addition, depending on the size of the swell, good quality beach breaks can also be found between Burleigh Beach and North Burleigh, providing a range of alternative options for surfers.
Burleigh Boardriders is the longest running boardriders club on the Gold Coast, where the iconic Burleigh barrel was made legendary during the 1977 Stubbies surf competition. The competition was the first ever to use the man-on-man format, which is still used on today’s professional World Surfing League Championship Tour.