Pic­ture-per­fect set­ting for a ca­sual life­style

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IT’S the place that just about ev­ery­one has been to at one time or an­other, to lie in the sun or catch a wave at the fa­mous surf break.

At the heart of the Sun­shine Coast, Alexan­dra Head­land en­joys that prime northerly as­pect and long coastal views while be­ing pro­tected from the southerly breezes.

It’s this mix of surf, sun and sand that cre­ates an ap­peal­ing ca­sual life­style that is tem­pered by the salty north­east­erly breezes off the ocean in sum­mer. A place where you will see peo­ple walk­ing, jog­ging, swim­ming or surf­ing at day­break or sun­set.

Re­ferred to by lo­cals as “Alex”, this re­laxed life­style and its stun­ning beaches stretch as far as the eye can see. Known for its rocky head­land that pro­duces some of the best surf­ing con­di­tions from our Queens­land beaches, Alex is also pop­u­lar with swim­mers, who make the most of the pa­trolled beach in front of the surf life­sav­ing club.

Achiev­ing the ideal bal­ance of de­vel­op­ment of a sea­side town and pro­tect­ing the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment isn’t al­ways easy. Yet this sea­side de­vel­op­ment has cared for the shore­line, leav­ing it rel­a­tively un­touched so it can con­tinue its fame for re­tain­ing a nat­u­ral beauty.

The area is un­der­go­ing sig­nif­i­cant land­scap­ing that has in­cluded the up­grade of the skate bowl near the Alex surf club.

The surf club is at the heart of the com­mu­nity and pro­vides a pop­u­lar meet­ing spot for break­fast or morn­ing cof­fee at the kiosk, while the Bluff Bar forms a pleas­ant ex­ten­sion of the club’s fa­cil­i­ties.

A walk­ing path stretches from Maroochydore to Mooloolaba along the fore­shore of Alex. Not only is it beau­ti­ful in scenery but there are ex­er­cise points along the way and plenty of friendly smiles.

Orig­i­nally known as Potts Point, Alexan­dra Head­land is closely aligned with the his­tory of its neigh­bour­ing sub­urbs and the two bor­der­ing rivers of Maroochy and Mooloolah.

Ini­tially form­ing part of Wil­liam Pet­ti­grew’s 133ha prop­erty, the land was recorded in 1864 as the first land sale in the Maroochy district.

Thomas O’Con­nor pur­chased the acreage in 1903 and the land was sub­di­vided and sold as in­di­vid­ual al­lot­ments in Au­gust 1915.

From 1923 on­wards, this beach­side sub­urb re­ally started to de­velop. At times re­garded as Bud­erim Beach, the end of World War I sparked a boom in hol­i­day vil­lages and Woom­bye res­i­dents built a num­ber of re­droofed sea­side cot­tages on Alex Head­land.

The fam­ily-ori­en­tated Alexan­dra Head­land Surf Life Sav­ing Club was es­tab­lished in 1924. Built by vol­un­teers, mostly from Woom­bye, it seemed ap­pro­pri­ate to adopt the Woom­bye rugby league colours of a black stripe and gold back­ground, which sym­bol­ises a black snake and golden wat­tle.

Dur­ing that time, O’Con­nor re­named the area Alexan­dra Head­land in hon­our of Queen Alexan­dra, wife of the late King Ed­ward VII. Alex is one of the best-per­form­ing prop­erty mar­kets on the cen­tral Sun­shine Coast, with the me­dian sales price of houses $995,000, up from $960,000 at the start of 2017 and $582,500 at Jan­uary 2013. The me­dian price for units for 2017 sits at $381,000.

Alex is home to a precinct known as the “golden tri­an­gle”, that is well re­garded for its solid land val­ues and highly sought-af­ter prop­er­ties. While of­ten a topic for dis­cus­sion, a true lo­cal knows ex­actly where the bound­aries are, de­fined by which streets and the sides of those streets.

It’s clear why this area is so sig­nif­i­cant – the area of­fers nice views, a cool­ing breeze, el­e­vated blocks, an easy walk to the beach and close prox­im­ity to Mooloolaba.

This set­ting is the per­fect place to raise a fam­ily.

PHOTO: ERLE LEVEY

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