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Best walking locations in and around Burleigh

Category: fitness

Now that the temperature has dropped it’s the perfect time to rug up and get outdoors. Staying active is so important in the cooler months for your physical wellbeing and one of the easiest ways to get moving is by walking. Out amongst nature you can reset, recharge and reconnect and we've discovered the best walking tracks in and around Stockland Burleigh Heads for you to discover on your next outdoor adventure. 

Nice and easy 

If you’re a beginner, have kids in toe, are on a time limit, or looking for more of a Sunday stroll rather than a serious hike, these little treasures are all one hour or less, under 2km and right in our backyard.  

Cougal Cascades, Currumbin Valley 

Just a short drive from Burleigh (roughly 30 minutes) and you’re in the Currumbin Valley. Wander beneath the lush canopy, and if you’re feeling the heat by the time you discover the cascades, cool off in the famous rock pools and streams.  

Distance: 1.5 kilometres  
Time: 30-40 minutes 

Ocean View Walk, Burleigh Headland National Park 

We might be biased, but it’s hard to go past our very own Burleigh Headland National Park. Ticking the boxes for stunning scenery, plant life, beautiful views, close to home and with plenty of opportunity to take a dip, there’s no wonder it’s a favourite amongst Gold Coasters. 

Local tip: Pack your swimmers and a backpack full of snacks and spend a while in the stunning Tallebudgera Creek before you head back to Burleigh. 

Distance: 1 kilometre 
Time: 30 minutes 
Rainforest Circuit, Burleigh Headland National Park  

Have a little longer? Head up-hill and take the slightly longer circuit to take in all the Headland has to offer. 

Local tip: Even if you’ve taken this stroll one hundred times over, we highly recommend visiting Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre and taking the walk with one of their knowledgeable guides to see the Headland you know and love in a whole new light. 

Distance: 2 kilometres 
Time: 1 hour 

Natural Bridge Circuit, Springbrook National Park 

If you’re up for driving a little further outside the Burleigh Bubble, Springbrook National Park is well known for its fantastic trails. To start out nice and easy, we love Natural Bridge Circuit. Short, sweet and suitable for all abilities, this track is filled with beautiful rainforest foliage, diverse birdlife and cool streams. 

Distance: 1 kilometre  
Time: 1 hour 

A little more 

If you want to get the heart rate up just a little, without committing to a full day hike or anything too strenuous, these perfectly ‘in-the-middle’ trails will make you smile. 

Witches Falls Circuit, Tamborine National Park 

This fun circuit will have you heading down hill (and back up again) just enough to get the blood pumping. The reward at the bottom – the gorgeous waterfalls. The reward at the top… Witches Falls Winery. Cin-cin! 

Distance: 3 kilometres 
Time: 1.5 hours 

Curtis Falls And Joalah Lower Creek Circuit, Tamborine National Park 

While we are on Tamborine Mountain, and particularly glorious after heavy rain, Curtis Falls and Joalah Lower Creek Circuit, are worth adding to your moderate walk list. Slightly longer at 5kms and a good couple of hours, why not book yourself a cabin for the night and rest those tired muscles and share tales of a day well spent by a cosy fireplace? 

Distance: 5 kilometres 
Time: 2-3 hours 

Hardcore Hiker 

If you’re ready to commit to a solid day of walking, these iconic trails can’t be missed.  A word to the wise – you’re really going to want to make sure you’re prepared with the right walking shoes, comfortable clothing, plenty of water and snacks. These happy hikes are a full day adventure. 

Warrie Circuit, Springbrook National Park 

Starting at a cliff base before descending into the rainforest, on Warrie Circuit you’ll have the day to take in all the beauty of a rainforest canyon. 

Distance: 17 kilometres  
Time: 6-7 hours 

Toolona Creek Circuit, Lamington National Park 

With the famous Binna Burra Lodge now reopen after the devastating fires, what better excuse to support this iconic piece of local heritage, while getting amongst nature. With walks up to six hours long, something tells us you might be thankful you did. This particular walk will see your day jam-packed with beauty and countless waterfalls and cascades.  

Distance: 17 kilometres  
Time: 5-6 hours 

Lower Bellbird lookout track, Lamington National Park 

Another Lamington option will see you take in a number of the sites in one epic combo of a trail. Descend through rainforest and open forest to Bellbird lookout, which is a short side-track with excellent views. If by here you’ve decided you’d rather head back for a hot cuppa, you can. Otherwise, continue on the Lower Bellbird track to Koolanibilba and Yangaha lookouts.  

Note: Binna Burra Road forms part of the return circuit, so please take care especially on weekends when traffic is busy.  

Distance: 12 kilometres  
Time: 4 hours 

Also a great guide to Gold Coast trials overall or for further reliable information right here 

How many walks have you ticked off? Stretch your legs and get a buddy on-board because walking with a friend is a social adventure! There is so much to see and do at each garden, reserve or park that your social calendar will be filled for weeks to come. Want to discover other activities to keep you busy while in isolation? Head straight to our Belong hub and get reading!       

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