Alexandra Headlands Beach
The Sunshine Coast has many lovely beaches to visit. While the likes of Mooloolaba and Noosa tend to hog the highlights, Alexandra Headlands Beach should not be ignored.
Known as ‘Alex’ by the locals, the beach is located within the suburb of Maroochydore. Indeed, Alexandra Headlands and Maroochydore Beach seamlessly merge in to one glorious expanse.
By far the main attraction in this quiet laidback coastal town of around 4000 residents, Alexandra Headlands Beach features a wonderful coastal sweep of golden flat sand, which extends to the north, and an endless procession of intoxicating rolling surf.
This is especially the case at the very southern end of the beach, where there is a large wall boundary. On top of this wall is the bluff.
Back in the 1920s seaside cottages were built here as holiday homes for residents of Woombye and Palmwoods. But today the area is used as a place to take in the wonderful full length views of the entire beach. Especially whilst indulging in a coffee, wine or picnic.
And what a view it is!
Framed by the Maroochydore skyline, the scenery from here also features Mt Coolum and Mudjimba Island. The latter of which was once owned by Sean Connery.
One of the main features of Alexandra Headlands Beach, besides it being an area of immense natural beauty, is how clean it is.
About Alexandra Headlands Beach
Located between beach Access points 154 – 168, Alexandra Headlands Beach is very popular for both locals and tourists who prefer to avoid the crowds that can form at Mooloolaba.
The best thing to do when you visit Alexandra Headlands is to relax. It’s a great location to lay down a towel and sunbathe with a good book or your Spotify playlist.
A patrolled beach, it is home to the Alexandra Headlands Surf Life Saving Club. Which has been safeguarding swimmers, surfers and beach goers since 1924.
The ocean waves here are usually about a metre or less and thus generally considered safe. However, caution still needs to be exercised.
There are plenty of strong permanent rips about against the rocks at the southern end of the beach. At the northern end of Maroochydore Beach there are also deep tidal channels and shifting bars which makes it particularly hazardous.
So always swim between the flags.
Nonetheless the beach is a fun playground for people of all ages.
Lots of people walk and jog along the shoreline. Others play frisbee and ball sports like cricket and football. Kite flying, wake boarding, fishing and yoga is amongst many other activities you can do.
Surfing is also very popular here. Especially in south west to south east winds, at the southern end where, malibu and long boarding is very much the go.
Alex Headlands is about 98km north of Brisbane.
There are plenty of bbq and seating areas alongside the beach. Especially at Buhk Park and Wilkes Family Park. While a plethora of restaurants, cafes and take away food outlets are within a 5 minute walk of it.
Many places offer surf lessons for beginners. As well as places to rent boards too.
For the skaters and bikers, the best outdoor skate park on the Sunshine Coast is right alongside the beach, next to the surf club. At night this is lit up.
There is an excellent track up over the headland for joggers and walkers. This leads you all the way in to Mooloolaba.
You can also walk directly to Maroochydore Beach on the same expanse of sand that Alex Headlands lies on.
The Sunshine Plaza shopping centre is a 3 minute drive away. Whilst major tourist attractions like Australia Zoo, Underwater World and Aussie World are all within easy driving distance.
The Sunshine Coast Airport is about a 15 minute taxi ride away.
Alexandra Headlands Beach Accommodation
There are a huge range of hotels and other accommodation options in and around the Alexandra Headlands area.
Many of them offer balcony views of the beach. And plenty is located within 50 – 100 metres of it.
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