Did you know, in 1840, James Warner was commissioned to survey the coastline
near Moreton Bay and he named the headlands near Tallebudgera Creek ‘Burly Head’ because of its massive appearance. Decades later the name was adapted to the more genteel spelling of Burleigh Heads and was declared a town reserve by the state government in 1871.
The Freedom State is your Burleigh one-stop fashion shop for festivals, beach and bar, located just across from beautiful Burleigh Heads beach. The Freedom State stocks bohemian x LA-style labels the likes of Spell Designs, Auguste the Label, Rowie, St. Agni and Temple of the sun along with international labels such as Free People, Amuse Society and Levi Jeans. Grab your headwear here too. Brixton, Lack of Color and Fallen Broken Street will keep the shade off your face and keep you looking hot.
Established in 2005 and centrally located at Burleigh Heads, Elysium provides a retreat for those who love to be pampered and want to look and feel amazing. There are three private treatment rooms here at this iconic Burleigh beauty haven as well as a pedicure room equipped with a pedicure spa. It’s a tranquil sanctuary to make you unwind and relax. The lights are dimmed and the candles are lit as you chill-out to soothing music and scents. Then the Elysium therapists do their magic! The Elysium mission is “to assist everyone to be the best version of themselves, inside and out”. Burleigh Heads’ Bliss!
Holy caffeine hits – you are blessed for options when it comes to your fave warm cup here at Burleigh. If a line-up is evidence of coveted coffee then Nook Espresso Bar is coffee Mecca. This hole-in- the-wall at 43 Goodwin Terrace is a must-do. Otherwise, enjoy a piece of carrot cake or a delish slice with your brew at Burleigh Social (2 Hibiscus Haven) and, of course, we can’t forget The Paddock Bakery which is braving new heights (literally) via The Loft.
* Stone’s Throw on the GC Highway. Four words: Pulled pork breakfast tacos. Sold!
* The little plate. A fine casual, boutique restaurant with a share-plate philosophy. The fresh
seasonal produce and ever-changing menu means one visit is never enough.
* Lockwood. Find the red door and send an SMS to get in. So secretive, so cool. The
cocktails here will Blow. Your. Mind.
* The Night Jar. Alongside Lockwood in Justin Lane, this is another must-do on a night out.
THREE THINGS TO DO
* Zullaz has been family owned and run since 2003 – a Burleigh institution. Open mic night on
a Sunday draws some great musos and, combined with the amazing food on offer, is one
great weekend combo.
* Burleigh Heads Bowls Club. If you haven’t played Sunday arvo barefoot bowls here, you
* And of course, Burleigh Heads is a surfer’s paradise. For the non-surfers, simply surf-
watching from the beach or headland is a great way to pass the time.