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Burleigh Heads break guidePhoto by: Ian

Burleigh Heads Surf Guide

Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast is a fairly exposed point break that usually has waves. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. Offshore winds are from the southwest with some shelter here from south winds. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the ideal swell direction is from the south southeast. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Often Crowded. Take care of rips, rocks, sharks, locals, rips.

Burleigh Heads Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
23.8°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Burleigh Heads:

The best conditions reported for surf at Burleigh Heads occur when a South-southeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Southwest.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Burleigh Heads (for consistent clean waves)?

juneBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Burleigh Heads with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of June. Clean surfable waves are typically found 13% of the time in June while 12% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 75% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Burleigh Heads Location Map

Interactive Burleigh Heads surf break location map. View information about nearby surf breaks, their wave consistency and rating compared to other spots in the region. Current swell conditions from local buoys are shown along with live wind speed and direction from nearby weather stations. Click icons on the map for more detail. The closest passenger airport to Burleigh Heads is Gold Coast Coolangatta Airport (OOL) in Australia, which is 9 km (6 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Burleigh Heads is Brisbane International Airport (BNE), also in Australia, 85 km (53 miles) away.

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Burleigh Heads Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 24 May 2022, 15:48 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 8 9 9 8
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross cross cross cross

Swell History at Burleigh Heads

Surf stats for Burleigh Heads, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Burleigh Heads

Wind stats for Burleigh Heads, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

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