Local Attractions

History In The Making

Centrally located on the beach between Noosa Heads on the northern end, and Caloundra in the south, and midway between Mooloolaba and Maroochydore, on the aptly named Sunshine Strip, Alex Beach Cabins and Tourist Park is the perfect location from which to enjoy everything the fabulous Sunshine Coast has to offer.

Alexandra Headland, often referred to as just ‘Alex’, offers the top tourist parks in Queensland.

This pristine coastal resort town started life as a huge private property in the 1860s, and was named after Queen Alexandra. Subdivision followed in 1915 and a small community of seaside cottage sprang up in the 1920s.

As boat and tram services were introduced, making this picturesque strip of coastline more accessible, boarding houses and holiday homes were established and the holidaymakers started to come.

Alexandra Headland Surf Life Saving Club was built in 1924, and remains today one of the area’s most popular beachside locations for drinks and meals.

Australia’s first council caravan park opened in Alex in 1952, followed throughout the 60s, 70s and 80s by hotels, restaurants and more boarding houses.

Alexandra Headland today is a vibrant seaside community, where locals love to live, and holidaymakers love to visit.

With its laidback atmosphere, breathtaking scenery, safe swimming and top surf breaks, excellent eateries and shops, Alex is one of the best holiday destinations in Australia.

Best Beaches on Your Doorstep

Alex Beach Cabins and Tourist Park is perfectly located to access the area’s best beaches, including Alex Beach, Mooloolaba Beach, Maroochydore Beach, Cotton Tree Beach, and Chambers Island Maroochydore.

The eye-catching rocky headland is a favourite with keen surfers, while just 200 metres from your Alex Beach Cabins, you’ll find a safe patrolled beach for swimming.

Alexandra Headland Beach: Just a 2-minute walk from your Cabin. This is a great beach for the kids to build sandcastles and explore the rock pools at low tide. Continue along the beach to the patrolled beach for swimming.

Mooloolaba Beach: Just a 3-minute drive to the patrolled beach.

Cotton Tree & Maroochydore Beaches: Just a 3-minute drive to patrolled beaches.

These beaches all have Surf Clubs overlooking the ocean and offering fantastic meals.

Chambers Island: Located in the Maroochy River and connected to land via a pedestrian bridge. A great place for kids to explore, play or fish. Boat hire available.

Must-See Attractions

Located in the heart of Queensland’s naturally beautiful Sunshine Coast, Alexandra Headland offers the perfect year-round climate, making it an ideal location for family vacations, romantic getaways or group reunions.

Alex Beach Cabins and Tourist Park places you within easy reach of the best Sunshine Coast attractions, including Aussie World, Sea Life Mooloolaba, The Ginger Factory, Scuba World, Suncity Tenpin, HMAS Brisbane dive site, Salt Caves Mooloolaba, Australia Zoo, Eumundi Markets, and so much more.

Best Dining on Sunshine Coast

Alex Beach Cabins and Tourist Park is close to a range of superb dining options, from traditional fish and chips by the beach, to gourmet cuisine. Within walking distance of your Cabin, you’ll find Indian, Thai, Chinese, Italian, Sizzlers, McDonalds and, of course, the Alex Beach Surf Club, which runs a FREE COURTESY BUS to and from our Park to pick up guests.

The Spit Seafood Shops and Restaurants at Mooloolaba offer magnificent fresh seafood – just add crusty bread and butter and a wedge of lemon – truly a wonderful experience!

Boating And Fishing

Within easy reach of your cabin at Alex Beach Cabins and Tourist Park, you’ll find the best boating and fishing on the Sunshine Coast!

Hire a boat or kayak to leisurely explore the pristine waters of the Maroochy River, enjoy a sunset cruise, or get the adrenalin pumping with a deep sea fishing experience.

Excellent snorkelling and scuba diving is also available here, including diving the excellent ex-HMAS Brisbane Conservation Park.

DIRECTORY OF LOCAL ATTRACTIONS AND ACTIVITIES

Golf Courses

Headland Golf Club: Golf Links Road, Buderim. Tel 07 5444 5800
Maroochy River Golf Club: 374-514 David Low Way, Bli Bli. Tel 07 5373 1000
Mt Coolum Golf Course: 17 Lumeah Drive, Mt Coolum. Tel 07 5446 3125
Peregian Springs Golf Club: Peregian Springs. Tel 07 5471 5471
Twin Waters Golf Club: 151 Ocean Drive, Twin Waters. Tel 07 5457 2444

Fishing Charters

Top Catch Charters: The Wharf Marina, Mooloolaba. Tel 0429 013 012
Fish n Crab Deep Sea Charters: Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba. Tel 07 5452 6697

Local Shops

A small supermarket, fresh bakery and coffee shop, bottle shop, takeaways and a bar can be found within 150 metres of our Tourist Park.
The Park is a 5-minute drive from the largest shopping mall on the Sunshine Coast: Sunshine Plaza Shopping Centre.

Markets

World Famous Eumundi Markets: Wednesday & Saturdays
Yandina Country Markets: Saturday
Cotton Tree Street Markets: Sunday
Fisherman Road Markets Maroochydore: Sunday
Caloundra Bulcock Street Markets: Sunday

Parks

Nelson Park: Adjoining Alex Beach Cabins & Tourist Park, Alexandra Headland. Enclosed gated children’s playground and lovely lake area with ducks and birdlife.

Alexandra Headland: Picnic areas, some with BBQs overlooking the stunning Pacific Ocean.
Buderim Forest Park: Quorn Close, Buderim. Lovely walk through the forest. Swim in the waterhole at the base of the waterfall.

The Esplanade, Cotton Tree: Playground, picnic facilities with BBQs.

Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World: 233 Maleny-Stanley River Road, Maleny. Open 7 days, 9am-4.30pm. Lush oasis of waterfalls, ponds, plants and walking paths. Bird World is a walk-through aviary with a wide variety of birds. You are welcome to bring your own picnic lunch. Devonshire Teas available. Tel 07 5408 4110

Maroochy Bushland Botanic Garden: Palm Creek Road, Tanawha. Picnic facilities but no BBQs. You are welcome to bring your own.

Picnic Point Esplanade, Maroochydore: Picnic facilities beside the Maroochy River.
Alex Skate Park: Located on Alexandra Parade beside Alex Beach Surf Life Saving Club.

Scenic Drives

Blackall Ranges: One of the Sunshine Coast’s most spectacular scenic drives. Fantastic views. Takes in Mapleton, Montville, Maleny, Kenilworth, Wineries, Cafes et cetera. Map available in Reception.

Mount Tinbeerwah: Located off Noosa-Cooroy Road, Tewantin. Drive almost to the top of the mountain then walk to see stunning views over Noosa and the stunning hinterland. Take a picnic and enjoy the panoramic vista.

Sunshine Coast beaches: Discover the beautiful beaches from Caloundra to Noosa, including Kings Beach, Shelley Beach, Moffat Beach, Mooloolaba, Alexandra Headland, Maroochydore, Marcoola, Coolum, Sunshine Beach.

Shopping Centres

Sunshine Plaza: Horton Parade, Maroochydore. Short 4 minute drive from Alex Beach Cabins & Tourist Park. More than 200 specialty shops plus Coles, Woolworths, Myers, K-Mart, Target, Food Court, and a Cinema Centre.

Kawana Shopping Centre: 12 minute drive south of Alexandra Headland. Big W plus Specialty shops.
Mooloolaba: Fantastic individual shops and coffee houses along The Esplanade for those who like to browse.
Cotton Tree: King Street is great for browsing as well. Great for coffee, too!

Public Transport

The Park is 100 metres from the main Sunshine Coast bus route to access north or south, and the rail stations at both Landsborough and Nambour for access to Brisbane, or centres further north in Queensland.

Walks

Buderim Forest Water Hole: A short 4km drive. Enter via Harry’s Pocket for a long 10km walk, or Quorn Close for a short 400m walk to the bridge, beautiful waterfall and waterhole. Remember your bug spray!

The Spit: Short walk with plenty to see, including, the harbour, boats and dolphins.

The Esplanade: Alexandra Headland to Mooloolaba is an hour’s walk, with a lovely pathway running along its length. (On this walk, watch the whales during their migration from June to September!)

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