Suburb Profile: Burleigh Heads

Location and boundaries

Burleigh Heads is bounded by Christine Avenue, Sixth Avenue and the Coral Sea in the north, Tallebudgera Creek in the east, the Pacific Motorway and the suburb of Tallebudgera in the south, and Old Coach Road, the Pacific Motorway, Reedy Creek Road, West Burleigh Road and the suburb of Burleigh Waters in the west.

Name origin

Burleigh Heads is named for the large headlands. It was originally known as Burly Head.



Land area

1,018 hectares (10 Km2)

Population density

8.50 persons per hectare

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1840s, although population was minimal until the late 1800s and early 1900s when many hotels and guesthouses were built. Significant development did not occur until the 1950s. Rapid growth took place from the 1960s to the 1980s. Gradual growth continued between 1991 and 2006 as new dwellings were added to the area. The population and dwelling stock declined slightly between 2006 and 2011.

Land use

Burleigh Heads is a residential and tourist area, with some commercial areas and substantial industrial land use in the south.

Major features

Major features of the area include Burleigh Head National Park, David Fleay Wildlife Park, Tallebudgera Creek Environmental Park, Burleigh Ridge Park, John Laws Park, Justins Park, Burleigh Heads Beach, Christian Youth Camp Burleigh Heads and one school.

* 2011 Usual residents

Source: 15/11/14