Alexandra Headland is an underrated 1.8 kilometre stretch of beach on the Sunshine Coast. The beach is not often too crowded if you go in the right season. It is perfect for families or groups looking for a game of beach cricket, a sandcastle design studio or just a place to put down a towel and happily sigh under the sun.
The beach offers good swell on the right day for surfers. The avid life guards from the Alexandra Headland Surf Club will keep you and your family safe when you inevitably end up plunging in the water for a refreshing swim. Try it out when it is warm, however, in chillier months Alexandra Headland still has a lot to offer. It is a social hub of restaurants, cafes, resorts, boutiques and a strong community. If you are looking for accommodation, try the Alex Seaside Resort for a luxury stay with an affordable price tag.
The beach has several rock pools teeming with sea life. Just be careful of green rocks if you want to keep all of your skin. Maybe it is nostalgia from my childhood, but one of the things I love most about beaches is hiking over all the rocks as if it were an obstacle course. The beach is long. Perfect for those long walks on the beach some may claim to love. At the very least, a good walk gives you a lot to contemplate or is a time for an empty mind and peace.
The atmosphere is laid back and calming. If you are on a holiday, the mood is set and your worries are back in Brisbane (or wherever you hail from) where they belong. The beach offers camp spots, fishing and is close to several shopping locations. If you head out to the Bluff you will find several BBQ and picnic spots, however, this can get a bit crowded. It offers a great look out spot of the ocean. The area is used for monthly surf competitions and it is from here you can find the best view. Steps from the shoreline is the Buhk family park north of the Alex Surf Club and adjacent to the skate park. The park is outfitted with swings and a play ground. Consider taking your family there for lunch or hop across to the Alex Surf Club. To the south of the Alex Surf club is another park: the Wilkes Family Park.
Alexandra Headland is definitely a safe and fun place for families. This does not restrict other individuals our groups in the fun they can have here, however. Nearby the shore is the Alex Conservation Park for those looking for walks. You can enter it from Oloway Crescent, Mari Street or from Tranquil Place.
My 'beach escape'. The woes of a university student.
Consider the Alex (as it is know by the locals) for your next holiday or day trip. With picnic spots, a family friendly atmosphere, swell for surfers to lust after and plenty of shops and spots to keep you entertained when you are in a jacket rather than a bikini, the Alex is the beach to be at.