This bohemian beach town is one of the coolest places to camp on the Gold Coast.
Sun, surf, and sand are the norm along the Gold Coast, and Burleigh Heads doesn’t disappoint. Hit the beach to swim, sunbathe, or take a surf class, then tuck into a seafood dinner or grab some sundowners at a beachside bar or restaurant. Come on a Sunday to browse the famous markets, enjoy bush walks and ocean views in the Burleigh Heads National Park, or go kayaking, fishing, or swimming along Tallebudgera Creek. Campers will find options by the seafront or along the creek, or else you can escape to the hinterlands for a bush camping experience.
Burleigh lies at the south end of the Gold Coast, where campers can take their pick of seafront holiday parks and tourist parks. Head to Miami Beach or Broadbeach to swim and surf, paddle around the canal ways of Surfer’s Paradise on a kayak, or cruise out to explore the islands. There’s fun to be had away from the water, too—the Gold Coast is home to five of Australia’s best theme parks.
Gold Coast Hinterlands
Escape to the hinterlands to hike through Heritage-listed rainforest and camp out in the wilderness. A short drive from Burleigh, Springbrook National Park is home to natural wonders, including the Numinbah Valley and the Natural Bridge, where you can spot glow worms after dark. Further afield, head to the Lamington National Park to hike to waterfalls and mountain lookouts, then pitch your tent at backcountry campsites.
North Coast of NSW
South of Burleigh Heads, stop at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary before crossing the border into New South Wales. A road trip along the Pacific Coast road is the best way to explore—make sure you include the surf towns of Tweed Heads and Byron Bay on your itinerary. There’s camping along the coast, as well as bush camping in the Nightcap National Park.
The sun shines year-round along the Gold Coast, but it’s busiest in summer (December through January) and school holidays, so book campsites well in advance during these periods. Camping, outdoor activities, and beach days are possible right through winter and June through October is also whale-watching season along the coast. If you can, plan your visit for one of the Sunday markets, held most weekends throughout the year.