Writer and fitness enthusiast living in beautiful Redcliffe, Queensland.
Published August 12th 2012
Seize the day with one of the Sunshine Coast's best spots
There are just not enough hours in the day to enjoy Alexandra Headland. Situated between Maroochydore and Mooloolaba, the headland is one of the best places to spend a beautiful day on the Sunshine Coast.
It's a popular area both day and night. Rock up any time to find tourists, families, couples, surfers, swimmers and runners all making the most of the area and its natural assets.
Alex Beach is one of the main attractions down here. If you arrive peak-surfing time though you better be prepared for a fight for a car park. You might find it easier to just head straight to a side street and have a short walk instead of waiting for a spot to become available along Alexandra Pde. Be sure to lock your car also, there have been reports in the past of cars being robbed when surfers are out. Be vigilant.
There are numerous parks and grassed areas along the headland to relax on. Some parks are a bit dull, with small playgrounds, where others just a short walk away are a bit more vibrant. The playground on the southern side of the Alex Surf Club is by far the best in the area, and also the busiest. The skate park, on the north side of the surf club, is another local attraction, always populated with the local youth on skateboards and BMX bikes. Be sure to keep your head up around here to check out the towering Norfolk trees growing around the area.
The Alexandra Headland Skate Park is popular with local kids
There are numerous shaded barbecue areas around as well. If you're lucky enough you might just get one of them on top of the headland. You'll get the best views of Mooloolaba and Point Cartwright, out to Mudjimba Island and up to Coolum from there.
The only issue you might encounter here is a lack of public bathrooms. While they are there, you might have to go for a bit of a walk to find them. Might be a good idea to find the one closest to you before setting up.
History buffs will find the former-HMAS Brisbane memorial interesting. The former war ship was sunk about 2.8 nautical miles east of Mudjimba Island in July 2005. It now rests on the ocean floor as an artificial reef and dive attraction. There is a mast from the ship on the headland, which directly aligns with the ship's final resting place. It was designed as a lasting tribute to the former-HMAS Brisbane and the crews for service to Australia. There are also memorials for War Dogs and the Korean War in the vicinity.
The footpath is popular for morning and afternoon jogs
If you get sick of the beach and the parks (which I find very hard to believe), there's still plenty to do in Alexandra Headlands. Suncity Tenpin is good for a game or two. It feels and looks a bit old inside, but everything you would want for bowling is there.
If it gets a bit late and you're in the mood for an great indoor dining experience then you're spoilt for choice down here. The Alex Surf Club, Capones Pizza, Thai Street and my personal favourite, Hathi Indian Restaurant, take the cake in Alex. Each cater extremely well to their target audience, you certainly won't be leaving unsatisfied. Dessert is also covered, there's a Cold Rock Ice Cream just across the road from the surf club. Take it down to the beach and make the most of a night out.
But if dessert isn't really your thing and you're more interested in drinks then you're also covered. The Alex Bar and Grill is a local favourite, as is the Blue Bar, which I find to be a bit quieter and less crowded than the Bar and Grill.
Alexandra Headland really does offer a plethora of goodies for locals and tourists. It's a great place to spend any free time you may have on the Sunshine Coast.