Writer and fitness enthusiast living in beautiful Redcliffe, Queensland.
Published November 1st 2012
Your Own Private Park In The Heart Of Alexandra Headland
The beach is a busy place to be - especially on a beautiful weekend around Alexandra Headland. If you struggle to find a great place on the sand, pack up your gear and head back a block to check out Nelson Park. Enjoy some solitude amongst the birds, enjoy a picnic in the park, spend some time in the playground or take a stroll around the lake.
Sit under the trees and relax in Nelson Park at Alexandra Headland
The birdlife was the first thing I noticed when I took a walk through Nelson Park. In fact, the area was designed to attract and shelter birdlife. Keep an eye out for honeyeaters and rainbow lorikeets in the flowering shrubs and trees, as well as kingfishers, egrets and herons down by the water. I also spotted a couple of ducks and Maroochy emblem black swans.
Being so animal orientated, it's important to remember not to feed the ducks and swans bread or vegetable scraps, otherwise you could cause a nutritional imbalance which could make the birds more susceptible to disease. In my short walk around the lake I spotted a couple of signs erected by the local council to educate park users on what and what not to do. Basically, let nature feed itself.
The lake is a retention base and helps stop local flooding by holding stormwater runoff, so don't go getting any ideas about jumping in for a swim. One of the most beautiful attractions down here is the 'Sisters by Choice' bronze sculptures. It's a beautiful capture of a black swan, an emblem of the Maroochydore area, and the egret, the emblem of Xiamen, the Sunshine Coast's Sister City in China, taking off in flight together to symbolise the sister city relationship and co-operation. It sits on a small island in the middle of the lake. There are a couple of benches facing the sculptures from the other side of the lake under a big tree, so it's a great place to sit and relax.
The 'Sisters by Choice' bronze sculpture sits on an island in the middle of the lake
Any park would be incomplete without a playground - and this one's impressive. The equipment is sheltered from the sun by shade cloth and there's a fence running around the entire perimeter. It's not to tight either so there's still plenty of room in the fenced zone for the kids to run around. No need to worry about them falling into the pond.
Nelson Park is a lovely little getaway in the middle of the Sunshine Coast. If you get sick of the beach it's the best place to cool off on a walk, a quiet place to have a picnic or just a great place to let the kids burn off a bit of energy.