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

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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.

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