It was already mid-afternoon when we set off for the Burleigh Heads National Park. Jesse and I had been doing monotonous chores for most of the day and I was dying to get out of the house. That’s when I thought of the Burleigh Heads National Park. It wasn’t a long drive to get there, but it was enough of an escape to clear my head of mopping floors and folding washing.
When we got to the area (via Goodwin Terrace), I realised how popular our destination really was. Families with small children, dog walkers and joggers riddled the walkways and carparks, but that didn’t deter us. It might not have been the quiet, leisurely stroll we had hoped for, but we decided to walk up the rainforest track nonetheless.
The path was well-maintained and there were many seats along the track. We decided to stop for some afternoon tea at a small lookout platform right at the beginning of the walk. You got a nice view of the Gold Coast from there, but a better photo opportunity was further up the path at the Tumgun lookout, which gave lovely views across the Tallebudgera Creek towards Coolangatta.
We wandered down to Echo Beach for a nice stroll. By this time, the crowds were beginning to leave so it was a bit quieter. After taking a number of photos down at the water (and stumbling upon a bikini fashion shoot in progress), we decided to head back via the ocean-view walk. This was a very pleasant track at this time of day – the sun was beginning to set so it wasn’t too hot!
Overall, it was a very nice outing and I’m looking forward to going back there again. Maybe next time I’ll head there in the early morning to beat the crowds and try to nab some gorgeous sunrise photos!