Burleigh Heads is a quiet, little suburb on the Gold Coast located about 20 minutes South of Surfer’s Paradise. Patrick and I were on our way up to Caloundra and made a pit stop in Burleigh Heads to spend the night and recharge after 8 hours of driving. We were due to meet Patrick’s parents, Brad and Kim, at the apartment hotel we all were staying at around 4pm. When we arrived we were pleasantly surprised by how close our hotel was to the beach as well as being right next to Burleigh Heads National Park. Our hotel had amazing views of the ocean and Surfer’s Paradise off in the distance.
Our location was prime and within walking distance of cafe’s, restaurants and of course the beach! After unpacking our luggage we decided to go for a walk exploring the foreshore watching the surfer’s catch some waves before heading into town to find a place to eat. On our way, in town we stumbled upon a restaurant called Pigs & Pints and decided to give it a go.
This, my friends, is where I found my love of zucchini flowers! Now I know what your thinking why would you eat a flower? Well, I thought the same thing until I actually tried them. Pigs & Pint’s had zucchini flowers as an entree and with some convincing, I decided to man up and try them. Stuffed with goats’ cheese and lightly deep fried, zucchini flowers are my new favorite thing! Seriously good I could eat them for days. Now whenever I go someplace new if they are on the menu I order them immediately.
The next morning Patrick and I decided to take advantage of Burleigh Heads National Park and get some exercise. We entered the park through the walking track right next to our apartment. You could choose to take the oceanview track, rainforest track or hike up to Tugun lookout. We decided to do all three and started first with the rainforest track.
Walking through the park was amazing. It was so cool to feel like you were in a rainforest, but also be about 50 metres from the beach. Since it was early morning it was also very quiet and peaceful with not that many people on the walking tracks. Surprisingly there were a lot of wild turkey’s roaming around in Burleigh Heads National Park and they managed to give us a good laugh whilst they were kicking up leaves in an attempt to make a nest.
After our hike through Burleigh Head National Park, we loaded the car with our luggage ready to head back out on the road. We didn’t get to spend that much time in Burleigh Heads, but what I did see and what I did get to do made me keen to come back for more.