North Burleigh

North Burleigh is located 300 metres south of Nobby Beach. It is situated in the reserve, with ramps leading down to the beach. North Burleigh is a relatively straight stretch of beach and ocean conditions are highly variable depending on prevailing swell direction, wind, tide and sand bar formation.

Excellent views are available from the headland with a viewing platform at the summit of Mick Shamburg Park offering views north to Main Beach and South to Coolangatta. For more information on North Burleigh especially the best places to eat visit Destination Gold Coast.

Beach usage

Every beach along our coastline is unique and used for many different activities, such as swimming, surfing and walking the dog. We've been working to understand which beaches are our most popular and how each is used by our community and visitors.

North Burleigh beach attracts up to 50,000 visitors each year. These visitors are mainly local residents living in neighbouring medium to high density residential suburbs.

Most visitors to North Burleigh come for the beach amenity it provides. More than 60% of people use this beach to exercise, play and relax.


Those seeking some of the best waves on the Gold Coast only have to walk two kilometres south to the renowned Burleigh Heads beach break.


Make sure you swim between the red and yellow flags which indicate that the beach is patrolled.

North Burleigh has 2 patrolled lifeguard towers:

  1. Fourth Avenue is patrolled between 8am and 5pm every day all year round.
  2. 293 The Esplanade, Miami (in front of North Burleigh Surf Lifesaving Club) is patrolled between 8am and 5pm every day all year around.

Please note all beaches are patrolled during Queensland school holidays.

For more information download our Beach patrol information sheet(PDF, 1MB)


North Burleigh is next to popular parklands that contains toilets, barbecues, tables, shade structures, playgrounds and beach showers. It's also in close proximity to a significant retail commercial area and hosts a market in the nearby parkland every second Sunday. Designated oceanway passes next to the beach with plenty of bike parking.

North Burleigh has the following facilities for beachgoers:

For more information about accessible facilities in this area download the Burleigh Heads mobility map.

Getting there

Parking: There is a car park at the surf club and plenty of on-street parking available in the surrounding areas. Please make sure that you take note of any applicable parking signs and/or line markings before heading to the beach. Please note our beaches can get very busy on weekends and during school holidays, reducing the amount of available parking in the area.

Public transport: Translink buses run along the Gold Coast Highway through Burleigh. Use Translink's journey planner to plot your trip to the beach.

Active travel: Use our walking and cycling maps for the Southern Gold Coast and surrounds to plan your walk, run or bike ride to the beach.