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Burleigh Beach

This picturesque, two-kilometre stretch of sand has three patrolled lifeguard towers monitoring the beach breaks.

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Burleigh Beach

Burleigh Beach

This two-kilometre stretch of sand starts where the basalt boulders of Burleigh Headland fall into the sea and ends at North Burleigh Headland.

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.

Beach safety – swim between the flags at one of our patrolled lifeguard towers

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

Burleigh beach has three patrolled lifeguard towers, located at:

  1. Mowbray Park, in front of Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park Surf Life Saving Club (corner of Goodwin Terrace and Gold Coast Highway). Patrolled between 8am and 5pm every day, all year round.
  2. Fourth Avenue is patrolled between 8am and 5pm every day all year round.
  3. 293 The Esplanade, Miami, in front of North Burleigh Surf Lifesaving Club is patrolled between 8am and 5pm every day, all year round.

Note: all beaches are patrolled during Queensland school holidays. For more details, download our beach patrol information sheet.

Beach closures

For details of beach closures and water quality issues, visit the “Alerts” page of our Media Centre or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Beach projects

For information about current coastal management projects, see our Beach projects page.

Beach weddings

There is no charge to hold your wedding ceremony on one of our beaches however it does need to be approved by the City.

Find out more, including how to apply for approval, on our Beach weddings page.


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.

Note: Be aware that 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 walk and cycle guide for the Southern Gold Coast and surrounds to plan your walk, run or bike ride to the beach.


Burleigh Headland is for experienced board riders only, but the open beach breaks offer an excellent variety of conditions. Visit our beach cameras page for the latest beach conditions.

What’s allowed on Gold Coast beaches?

Dogs are allowed on a leash on most Gold Coast beaches, but not within 200 metres of flagged areas. If you’d like to take your dog to an off-leash beach exercise area, see our off leash dog exercise areas for Main Beach/The Spit, Tallebudgera and Palm Beach for more information.

Our What’s allowed on Gold Coast beaches? page provides a summary of other activities that are/aren’t allowed.

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