$11m ocean walkway to be built on site of old van park

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The Mooloolaba Beach Caravan Park in around 1950.
The Mooloolaba Beach Caravan Park in around 1950. PIC: Brisbane Times

Any faint hope that what was one of Australia’s most iconic beachfront caravan parks might open once again to welcome grey nomads and other travellers has been extinguished.

Five years ago, the Sunshine Coast Council decided it wanted to use the area occupied by Mooloolaba Esplanade Caravan Park – on the rocky beach at the Alexandra Headland edge of Mooloolaba Beach – for other things.

The decision sparked a furious reaction from holidaymakers, some of whom had been visiting for decades. However, a petition containing thousands of names wasn’t enough to persuade the council to change course. Then, an attempt to save the half-century-old park by having it added to the Queensland Heritage Council floundered.

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An artist’s impression of the new walkway. PIC: Sunshine Coast Council

Now, it seems the money to transform the area is in place.

Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the Queensland government would tip in $4.5 million from its $50 million Covid-19 package to get things moving.

Stage one will see an $11 million boardwalk linking Alexandra Headland Bluff and Mooloolaba. Sunshine Coast Council will finance the remaining $6.5 million. The project also includes the parks and entertainment spaces for events, the replacement of a section of the seawall, a sheltered barbecue area, and new community buildings and facilities.

“This is going to be absolutely stunning when it’s finished and it’s just stage one of a plan to revitalise the entire Mooloolaba foreshore,” Mr Hinchliffe said. “The pandemic has wrought havoc on economies across the globe but Queensland is already rolling out a plan for economic recovery, and this package is part of it.”

Mayor Mark Jamieson told the Brisbane Times that the idea was to create new regional parkland for the Sunshine Coast.

“Northern Parkland stage one is a critical step in providing an outstanding destination for locals and visitors alike,” Cr Jamieson said. “It will provide an important stimulus for the tourism and building sectors at this time … upgrading the Northern Parkland is expected to result in a long-term uplift in trade for businesses in the area.”

Construction on the seawall upgrade will begin October, and work on the boardwalk in November. Weather permitting, the boardwalk is expected to be finished by mid-2021.

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2 Responses to $11m ocean walkway to be built on site of old van park

  1. Yes lovely spot for a Caravan park.
    Sunshine Coast Mooloobar is such a busy spot.
    But I think its time to look into the future.
    And make the area more Tourist friendly.

  2. Yes I have stayed there often and think it’s a real shame its going. This is happening all along Australia’s popular coastal towns. I think the councils get a lot of pressure from residents of the nearby million dollar units who resent that us “trailer trash” caravanners get better beachfront views than they do for a heck of a lot less money. In fact I’ve been told that is exactly what has happened by quite a few parks I have stayed at over the years.
    One council-owned beachfront park here in Vic actually had to relocate all of their permanent residents from their original direct beachfront positions to the back of the caravan park and make the direct beachfront sites for overnighters only due to complaints from the nearby residents saying it wasn’t fair that they got the good views without having to pay rates!

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