Picture-perfect setting for a casual lifestyle
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.