Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Burleigh Heads - health, fitness and surfing

 Burleigh Heads is situated halfway between Coolangatta Airport and Gold Coast. Mainly famous for it's surf conditions (which attracts all levels of surfers to the area) it is starting to grow in popularity due to it's location and increasing devotion to health and fitness centred lifestyles. Families, couples and solo travellers flock here for the near nightly free events at the Burleigh Heads Surf Club and the pristine beaches that are never as packed as Surfers Paradise.

Also, as it is only a 10-15 minute ride to the Gold Coast tourists can easily access the lively nightlife that is Surfers or get away from the havoc and relax in peace in Burleigh. The Gold Coast Highway is always in an easy walking distance so getting a bus in either direction is effortless. The buses run very frequently and hit all major tourist attractions.

The one thing I did notice as soon as I arrived was just how active people were. From five in the morning right into the evening there were people of all ages either running, walking, working out on the fitness equipments provided by the government or MILFs practicing group yoga on the beachside as their young ones amused themselves on the playground nearby. Also, every fifth or so restaurant I walked past was an organic, health-food or paleo store. They even had an amazing farmers market held in their local school grounds that sold a variety fruit, vegetables, meat, takeaways plus arts and crafts. Don't think that this place is super hippy with angry vegans running amok, but a town full of locals that are conscious about staying healthy and wanting to live a long, awesome life. Because of this, it has produced a very calm, relaxed vibe - perfect for a relaxing retreat from the real world or a cure to a hard night of club hopping in Surfers Paradise.

Burleigh Heads is definitely the place to be next time you are in Queensland. Just pack your paddle board, running shoes, some acai berries and coconut water and you'll be one of the locals in no time!

View from the top of Burleigh Heads National Park

View from Burleigh Heads Surf Club to Surfers Paradise

View from Solnamara Beachfront Apartments

Burleigh Head bugs

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