John Laws Park

John Laws Park

Known as Burleigh Hill, this picturesque park offers stunning views of the beach and the coastline all the way to Surfers Paradise.

This park is reliably popular and busy on weekends. Locals and visitors come to Burleigh Hill to picnic, listen to music, relax, walk the dog, or enjoy the breathtaking views of the coast.

Park features include:

  • a couple of large, sheltered picnic areas at each end of the park
  • barbecue facilities with a sink are available at the lower end
  • outdoor shower, drinking fountains, and a water refill station are conveniently added along the coastal pathway
  • plenty of seating areas around the park, as well as big trees providing shade for those who prefer to lay down on the grass 
  • a viewing deck/lookout with telescope.

The park also includes a playground with swing sets, a 4-seat spinner, climbing equipment with nets, slide, and see-saw.

The top of the hill is a perfect spot to watch the surfing as it overlooks the surf break. It is also the starting point for the Burleigh National Park walk, which provide 2 popular walking and running tracks. Choose either an ocean-view or rainforest circuit, the return journeys are 2.3 and 2.4 kilometres.

Access to the patrolled Burleigh Beach is just around the corner, too.

There are many parking bays along Goodwin Terrace, and at the end of this road is a small onsite car park. For more information see Burleigh Heads parking.

Public toilets are available next to the Burleigh Pavilion, including disability toilets.


The park features a Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) compliant accessible toilet design specifically for those with disabilities and special needs.

There are also Changing Places toilets available. For more information visit the Changing Places toilets page.

Download our Burleigh Heads Mobility Map to view other accessible facilities available in this area.

For more information on parks with accessible features visit our Accessible parks page.

Dog prohibited area

This is a dog prohibited area. Dogs are only allowed along the shared path.

City of Gold Coast has numerous areas where you can exercise your dog off leash.

Find an off leash exercise area

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Weddings at John Laws Park

John Laws Park is a popular beachside wedding location overlooking the beautiful Burleigh Beach break. Many marriage proposals and ceremonies have taken place atop this hill, as well as in the lower sections of the park.

Photo opportunities

  • Gorgeous hilltop with Pandanus Palm
  • A beautiful Surfers Paradise coastline background
  • Access to the world-famous Burleigh Beach is just 200 metres away

Please note: wedding ceremonies cannot take place on the timber deck viewing platform. This platform is an excluded area and only available for general public (viewing) use.

For more information on holding your ceremony or a social gathering at this location, visit the Park bookings page.

For the most suitable location for your wedding, refer to the ceremony location map

John Laws Park ceremony location map

Things to do and see

View all the upcoming events and activations on our events calendar.

What's on at John Laws Park


John Laws Park, Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads 4220  
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