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Things To Do In Burleigh Heads

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Things To Do In Burleigh Heads

If you are holidaying in Burleigh Heads or are locals like us, there are always plenty of things to do in Burleigh Heads itself and surrounds.

If you are searching for markets in Burleigh Heads, there are a few main ones that locals and travellers love and are always the perfect go-to family friendly event on weekends. The Village Markets are a community of creative entrepreneurs, trading on the first and third Sunday of each month at Burleigh Heads State School from early morning to just past lunchtime. These markets are full of amazing clothing, food and music and attract a very casual crowd of market goers looking for the finest of food and fashion. The other is Burleigh Heads Markets which are a food and art and craft market held every last Sunday of the month from early morning to just after lunchtime. The longest running Art and Craft market on the Gold Coast began over 30 years ago. Located between the Headland and North Burleigh along the Ocean Way Path. Perfect for walking the dog, riding your bike/skateboard/scooter or simply strolling, something is sure to catch your eye along the way. Parking can be a struggle so try and get there early to avoid missing out.

You cannot pass going to Burleigh Heads Beach for an early morning or evening stroll with the family. If running is your thing, the pathways along the beach are the perfect spot to kick off that exercise while taking in the sights and sounds that Burleigh Heads Beach has on offer. Always check with a health professional before starting any exercise routine. If the sand is your thing, the beach itself is generally flat so walking your dog can be done with ease but always check the signs as to where you can take your little friend. Throughout the day you will hear the beautiful lorikeets high up in the trees as you walk past Burleigh Surf Club, which is great to drop in to grab something to eat or for coffee. Keep heading toward the Headland to find BBQ spots, restaurants and more cafes. Our dental surgery is only walking distance from the beach so you may bump into us during lunchtime!

If you are searching for things to do in Burleigh Heads, these are just a handful of relaxing things to do. What are some of your favourite activities in Burleigh Heads?

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The Village Markets Burleigh Heads

Young women having a picnic at the Village Markets, Burleigh Heads

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The Village Markets Burleigh Heads

The Burleigh Heads Village Markets are an exciting way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon walking around the market with your friends or family and taking in the enjoyable atmosphere just down the road from our Gold Coast Smiles practice!

The markets are jam packed full of crafts, arts, music, fashion, and delicious food options. Be sure to experience all that the Gold Coast has on offer as locals mingle and mix with tourists alike, there truly is something for everyone.

Open to the public every first and third Sunday of the month, the Village Markets are located at the Burleigh Heads State School and is open to everyone from 8.30 in the morning through till 1.00 in the afternoon.

Locals to the Burleigh area operate their stall at the markets and provide a wide range of interesting things for you to experience and discover. Creative local business owners mix with barefoot entrepreneurs to bring to you the best fashions, foods, and musical treats.

The markets host a wonderful selection of more than 100 boutique stalls, sure to have something which will take your fancy. When wandering around the stalls you will be sure to enjoy the vintage clothing, lifestyle and art displays, and vibrant street food choices.

The Village Markets Burleigh Heads, or affectionately known by locals as the short TVM, is the go to Sunday market destination when searching for great eats and quality entertainment.

Featured in popular Collective Hub Magazine, the market is an exciting place to visit to enjoy all of the fun that is on offer with your family.

The market features original and boutique treats for visiting families and couples alike. With more than 100 stores showcasing some of the best art, music and products from the region, there is plenty for everyone to like.

With a tasty lineup of delicious food stalls featuring cuisines from all around the world, your taste buds are sure to be in for a gourmet treat. Grab a blanket and relax as you get stuck into some delicious treats or snack on the go as you walk around the markets. Enjoy the positive atmosphere this coming Sunday as your mix with friendly locals all having a wonderful time.

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A Brief History Of Burleigh Heads

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A Brief History Of Burleigh Heads

Burleigh Heads is a popular coastal suburb on the Gold Coast due to its splendid views, rich culture and history.

Locals and tourists alike enjoy visiting the area to watch the waves, swim in the warm inviting ocean and enjoy the beauty that Burleigh Heads has to offer.

These days the suburb is visited by people for their enjoyment and relaxation, however in its past history it was home to local Aboriginal tribes. These nomadic tribes would go hunting and fishing, setting up their camps and sharing their food with their families as they lived off the land. Descendants of the original inhabitants now impart history to the present day visiting locals, by sharing their stories during walking tours and at the educational centre.

West Burleigh was originally known as Caningeraba as it was a local place well known for being rich in fresh seafood, primarily due to its location in good proximity to the fishing waters. It was in these waters where locals would catch their fish and oysters.

Around the 1850s, the rich cedar forests attracted settlers to the land, to work in the timber industry, with some men also bringing their families with them to settle. The Duncan Family one of the families who set camp there contributed to the development of Burleigh Heads. In 1869 the southern part of Tallebudgera Creek was opened for free settlement.

After two years Burleigh Heads’ settlement was officially announced as a town reserve. The first recognised photo of Burleigh Heads was taken by William Boag, a traveling photographer in 1871.

In 1873 more than 60 surveyed areas were made ready for an auction at the Land Office at Beenleigh, followed by several more auction sales at the “Town of Burleigh” in 1877 and 1878. While at the time many of these allotments were sold, Burleigh Heads remained untouched for several more years to come. Burleigh township was the site of early development including restaurants and guest houses to support the increasing interest in bathing that took place in the last years of the 19th century and the first of the 20th century.

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