First time visiting the Headland
We all love the beauty of Burleigh Headland National Parkland and we all know how unique it is.
However it’s not till you observe someone from interstate walking the trails for the first time and seeing their fascination with the location, the rainforest and the huge basalt boulders strewn throughout the park, that you really appreciated this beautiful location.
This was my experience when my sister and her husband came for a recent visit. My brother-in-law had never visited Burleigh Headland, and it was interesting to watch his reaction. He was totally fascinated with the Pandanus trees, the huge boulders lining the track and the deafening sound of cicadas.
It was a perfect day, Tallebudgera Creek was at its best, a beautiful turquoise green, further along the ocean trail the water dragons put on a show just for Michael.
Reaching the eastern side of the headland we were greeted by rolling barrel of surf and entertained by board riders a wonderful show for visitors.
My relatives are not walkers, so we had a break before tackling the upper trail, which meant breakfast in Burleigh Village. After a hearty breakfast it was time to attempt to walk it off!
The climb up the steps can be hard going for those not use to steps, unlike the large amount of runners that brush past you without a word.
Our first stop was the view looking north to Surfers Paradise; we lingered for a short while and continued on to magnificent Tumgun Lookout with Jellurgal fingers pointing out to sea at some mystic location on the horizon.
He was amazed by the view, the full length of Palm Beach with Currumbin Rock clearly visible and Elephant Rock in the distance. This would have to be one of the best views along the coastal strip from a headland.
After we reached the carpark next to Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre, I asked them if they were up for another short walk around three kilometres.
When you’re on a roll you just have to keep going. I promised them that the view would be equally magnificent yet quite diverse compared to Burleigh Headland National Park.
The answer was affirmative; we were off to Tallebudgera Conservation Park.