North Burleigh

North Burleigh Beach

North Burleigh is a relatively straight stretch of beach which abuts a rocky headland to the north.


North Burleigh has 2 patrolled lifeguard towers:

  • Tower 19 – Burleigh Heads, Fourth Avenue / The Esplanade
    Patrolled by lifeguards between 8am and 5pm, every day all year round
  • Tower 20 – North Burleigh, The Esplanade, near North Burleigh Surf Lifesaving Club
    Patrolled by lifeguards between 8am and 5pm, every day all year round

Make sure you swim in the patrolled area between the red and yellow flags.


Ocean conditions are highly variable depending on prevailing swell direction, wind, tide and sand bar formation. If the beach breaks here aren’t working, it’s a nice walk south down the beach to the renowned Burleigh Heads point break. Surfers should always assess conditions. If in doubt, don't paddle out. For more information, visit our Surfing page.


To view the facilities available at this beach including accessibility features, use our interactive map.

Getting there

Public transport Translink buses run along the Gold Coast Highway through Burleigh. Plan your trip using Translink's journey planner.
Active travel Walk, run or bike ride to the beach. Plan your trip using our walking and cycling maps.
Parking There is limited parking at the surf club. On-street parking is available in surrounding streets. Take note of parking signs and/or line markings before heading to the beach.

About North Burleigh Beach

Locals refer to the headland as Miami Hill or Little Burleigh Head. The platform at the summit of Mick Shamburg Park offers sweeping views north to Main Beach and south to Coolangatta.

This end of the Burleigh strip tends to be quieter but the North Burleigh Surf Club is popular with locals. There are several cafés close by along the Gold Coast Highway. North Burleigh Beach is also close to the Miami retail precinct which has a supermarket and many cafés.

The parklands contains toilets, barbecues, tables, shade structures, playgrounds and beach showers. The oceanway runs through the parklands along the length of Burleigh and North Burleigh beaches.