Gold Coast and Scenic Rim national parks

Southern entrance Julia Street Hayle Street Goodwin Terrace South Pacific Ocean Tumgun lookout Jebbribillum lookout Northern entrance Julia St entrance 1 2 2 T a l l e b u d g e r a C r e e k 250m Scale 0 G o l d C o a s t H i g h w a y Photo: © Qld Govt Headland, Burleigh Head National Park See whales breaching (left); Walk around the headland (below). Photos: © Qld Govt (left); Jess Rosewell © Qld Govt (below); Meander through a living museum of rainforest, mangroves and eucalyptus trees and imagine a time when this was once an abundantly-forested golden coast. Venture to the top of the headland and discover hexagonal-shaped basalt columns jutting out from the earth, cracked from the ancient Tweed Valley lava flow. Feel the sea spray blowing in from the ocean as you watch waves roll into the beach. Things to do Wildlife spotting Spy water dragons and mottled carpet pythons sunning themselves on rocks, and Australian brush-turkeys obsessively tending their leafy nesting mounds. In mid-summer, jewel-coloured Richmond birdwing butterflies flit through the forest feeding on rainforest nectars. Walk along the rocky foreshore and delight in dolphins playing in the waves, and white-bellied sea-eagles and whistling kites riding the ridge updrafts on the hunt for fish. Places to go 1 Oceanview track 1.2km one way (30min) Wander the rocky coastal headland from Tallebudgera Creek, exploring rainforest and pandanus groves. 2 Rainforest circuit 2.3km return (45min) Duck into cool rainforest on this uphill hike to superb views of the coast from Tumgun and Jebbribillum lookouts. Safety Sections of the Oceanview track may be closed during or after high winds, heavy rainfall or extreme temperatures and fire. Check park alerts at au/ParkAlerts for the latest safety information. Please comply with warning and safety signs. Highlights • Stand atop Tumgun lookout and be mesmerised by humpback whales breaching gracefully in the coastal waters during winter and spring. • Glory in sea, surf and sun hitting the waves on a surfboard at the world-renowned Burleigh Heads surf break. • Escape the summer heat with a bushwalk through cool rainforest. Getting there Travelling fromBrisbane on the Pacific Motorway, take exit 89 and drive into Burleigh Heads. Turn right onto the Gold Coast Highway and left into Goodwin Terrace. Travelling from New South Wales, take exit 92 and drive into PalmBeach. Turn left onto the Gold Coast Highway and right at the traffic lights north of Tallebudgera Creek. Discover tumbled basalt boulders, pandanus groves and sweeping ocean views on a walk through this peaceful coastal park. Burleigh Head National Park 8