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Coastal Pathway: Mooloolaba River to Alexander Headland

Coastal Pathway: Mooloolaba River to Alexander Headland
Alexandra Headland
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3.3km
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A great section of the coastal pathway with great beach views and a lot of playgrounds and supporting facilities.

SUITABILITY
Suitable for walkers and recreational cyclists. Great Walk/Ride for the youngsters out there.

HIGHLIGHTS
After parking near one of the many great playgrounds start by heading out to the end of the northern break wall of the Mooloolaba River. You can then head north from here all the way to Maroochydore and beyond. A good first go is to head toward Alexander Headlands, as you get to explore a range of different views and experiences along this section. On the way back stop for breaks at the many playgrounds, finishing back where you started with great lunch options. All up, it’s one of the best family leisure ride experiences out there.
During the warmer months there is always a beautiful breeze and a shady tree to relax under. More often than not, you’ll see the local population of bearded dragons sunny themselves along the pathways. There are also many bush turkeys foraging through the scrubby areas.

There is a section of boardwalk that council has recently improved to a high standard, but you still must walk your bikes. Indeed the challenge of this section is managing the interactions with other users but with good etiquette there is room for everyone.

AFTERWARDS
What to say there is a whole range of things to do before, during , and after this walk/ride. Just look around and you will find something to do on this part of the coast. Sunsets are particularly popular on Alex headland – locals and tourists gather on picnic blankets and watch the surfers as the sun goes down.

HOW TO GET THERE
To the starting point: Try and find parking at the end of Parkyn Parade or at any of the many parking areas along the road into the area as they all have a access point to the pathway nearby.

To the end point: The end point is the same as the starting point.

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  • Icon showing this activity is suitable for wheelchairsSuitable for wheelchairs
  • Icon showing this activity is suitable for walkingSuitable for walking
  • Icon showing this activity is suitable for recreational cyclingSuitable for recreational cycling
  • Icon showing this activity is suitable for mountain bikingSuitable for mountain biking
  • Icon showing this activity is suitable for horse ridingSuitable for horse riding
  • Icon showing this activity is suitable for kayakingSuitable for kayaking
  • Icon showing this activity has drinking water availableDrinking water available
  • Icon showing this activity does not have drinking water availableNo drinking water available
  • Icon showing this activity has a barbeque on siteBarbeque on site
  • Icon showing this activity has a picnic table on sitePicnic table on site
  • Icon showing this activity has toilets on siteToilets on site
  • Icon showing fires are permitted at this activityFires permitted
  • Icon showing fires are prohibited at this activityFires prohibited
  • Icon showing camping is permitted at this activityCamping permitted
  • Icon showing camping is prohibited at this activityCamping prohibited
  • Suitable for walking Suitable for walking black lines Suitable for walking
  • Suitable for recreational cycling Suitable for recreational cycling Suitable for recreational cycling
  • Drinking water available Drinking water available Drinking water available
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  • Picnic table on site Picnic table on site Picnic table on site
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  • Fires prohibited Fires prohibited Fires prohibited
  • Camping prohibited Camping prohibited Camping prohibited
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Review Date: 28/05/2019

Lovely walk for the whole family! It can get very hot and I recommend early morning, afternoon or winter. Lovely views and wonderful coffee shops to stop at along the way.

Reviewed By: Jessica

Review Date: 05/04/2019

This is a family favourite walk that has plenty for the kids to keep them entertained. We prefer to do this walk in the later afternoon (or very early morning in winter is lovely too). Some times it is busy other times you can be lucky and it is quite quiet. Can highly recommend this for one for families.

Reviewed By: sharyn

Review Date: 28/11/2018

Busy but beautiful coastal walk with many opportunities for brekky, lunch or coffee with friends. For bird lovers, the osprey nest near the end of The Spit is a real treat.

Reviewed By: Julie

Review Date: 26/11/2018

A great little walk along the coastline, quite a busy place so great to do early of a morning and then grab a coffee or some breakfast on your return.

Reviewed By: Carissa

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IN AN EMERGENCY DIAL '000'.

Always Adventure Safely!

  • Always follow any local signage, it contains key information and conditions can change at any time.
  • Use the trails with consideration for your abilities, be prepared for the adventure ahead:
    • Be aware of the weather conditions, found here: http://www.bom.gov.au/qld/.
    • Always wear appropriate clothing, focus on good footwear.
    • Always bring more water than you think you will need.
    • Be Sun Safe!
    • Always let someone know where you are going that isn’t going with you.
  • Just getting started try this site for good useful information: https://www.trailhiking.com.au/hike-safety/
  • Sunshine Coast Council does it’s best to maintain current information but things can change so always be aware that a trail may not be as listed in this guide, and report and issues via our feedback link.

Sunshine Coast Council

For any issues with this experience please contact:

Sunshine Coast Council via 07 5475 7272 or via e-mail: adventure@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

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