Human Impacts on Landscape
Humans have been developing in the Burleigh Headlands for over a hundred years. Human intervention has had positive and negative effects on the headland. A positive impact is the preservation of the Headland by making it a national park. This makes it prohibited for any building, mining or logging on the Burleigh Headland. This protects the forests and in turn preserves the habitats for many animals. Also foundations drilled into the headland have further strengthened the headland. There have also been many negative impacts of human development. The most prominent impact is the destruction of large portions of the headland for mining and also the clearing of forests around the headland. Extensive sand mining destroyed large portions of the area surrounding the headland and the leftover material was deposited on the beach. This temporarily made the water brown and permanently elongated the beach. Also logging cleared much of Burleigh Head Region in the late 1800’s.