Aus­tralian Walk: Burleigh Heads Na­tional Park walks

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Burleigh Heads Na­tional Park is a scenic rain forested head­land at Talle­budgera Creek es­tu­ary in the heart of the Gold Coast. in Queens­land, Aus­tralia. Burleigh Heads Na­tional Park is a quiet re­treat for walk­ers and wildlife watch­ers. The Ocean­view Walk (1.2km one way) is a track lead­ing around the rocky head­land from Talle­budgera Creek to the south­ern edge of Burleigh Heads town­ship. You can look at the tum­bled masses of six-sided basalt col­umns, and re­lax by the creek at Echo Beach. Ei­ther re­turn by the same path or via the Rain­for­est Cir­cuit path and Tum­gun Look­out.

This Na­tional Park is one of the many cel­e­brated na­tional parks in Aus­tralia. The park cov­ers around 25 hectares and is the coastal ex­treme of an an­cient vol­cano that was ac­tive over 22 million years ago.

The Burleigh Heads Na­tional Park, ex­tends a peace­ful area to the vis­i­tors. It houses lit­toral rain­for­est that are rem­i­nis­cent of the Kom­bumerri people’s cul­ture. Kom­bumerri were the lo­cal people of the re­gion and they knew Burleigh Heads as Jel­lur­gal. The area deemed

Above: Burleigh Beach with tall build­ings on the Gold Coast in the back­ground.

Below left: You may even see a bush tur­key.

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