Get to know Burleigh like a local
There’s so much to see and do in Burleigh. From browsing the shops to hitting the surf, why not take a stroll and take it all in, reports
SHOP AT: James Street is the place to be. With several boutiques offering an array of clothes and homewares, there’s hours of browsing to be done.
Every second Sunday, look for The Village Markets, held in the grounds of Burleigh State School. You’ll find vintage fashion and accessories, local designers, and some cool homewares.
PLAY AT: You can learn to surf all year round at Burleigh, and you can then lay claim to having learned to surf at one of the most famous breaks in the world. Check out Former WCT surfer Michael “Munga” Barry’s surf school, Godfathers of the Ocean.
If the sun isn’t shining and the kids are driving you mad, you can head to the indoor play centre 2BKids (it’s opposite the Stockland Shopping Centre in West Burleigh). You can check out the Burleigh Brewing Company – there are tours, tastings and other events.
EAT AT: Oskars on Burleigh, situated in the Beach Pavilion building on Goodwin Terrace, is the standout for a fine-dining experience. Meesh’s, on the ground floor of the Pavilion, is the newest addition to the Burleigh dining scene. It’s the closest you can eat to the waves without getting wet.
For breakfast try The Bluff in the Old Theatre Arcade on Goodwin Terrace, which is highly popular with locals, as is Connors Cafe, on Connor Street.
For the health conscious, don’t go past the Hare Krishna-managed Govindas for a vegetarian feast (lunch, dinner and takeaway) or for something different, try From Earth and Water (set back off James Street), where the food and drinks are 100 per cent raw and organic.
DO COFFEE AT: At Quest on James Street, the owner, Paul, roasts beans from around the world on the premises, so you can try a few and take some home with you.
There’s usually a line-up at the Nook, which is literally a hole in the south eastern wall of the Beach Pavilion at Burleigh Point. Don’t let the wait put you off. There’s a reason so many people are there. It’s takeaway only, but that’s all you need – take your cup and sit in the park enjoying the view and watching the surfers.
DRINK AT: New and already very popular is Justin Lane on the Gold Coast Highway. While it’s winning guests over with its pizza and pasta menu, its bar is also popular and the winter temps are just right for one of JL’s espresso martinis.
The veranda of the Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park Surf Lifesaving Club has always been a good place for a drink. There’s also a sports bar downstairs now where you can sit outside and watch the crowd go by.