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60 year history of camping at Alex Park

Alex Park then and now
2006 marks the 60th anniversary of one of Queensland’s longest serving and most popular campsites, Alexandra Park.

Purchased by the Youth Department of the Presbyterian Church, Alex Park was officially opened and dedicated during an evening dinner on Good Friday, 19 April 1946.

Located directly opposite the Alexandra Headland surf beach, the camp originally consisted of 173 acres of natural coastal forest and a couple of timber structures.

Today, a little over 24 acres remain of this once expansive seaside parkland.

Over the years, the campsite has undergone a number of changes and developments and the current 168 bed Alex Park campsite consisting of two accommodation blocks and a main auditorium and dining area was officially opened in 1989.

Manager of Mission Support Enterprises Mr Mark Lee said that eight two-bedroom bungalows have recently been constructed beneath the forest canopy, each with five beds, ensuite and timber deck entrance.

“Landscaped gardens and floodlit pathways connect the individual bungalows with the conference room and the main building,” he said.

“The new bungalows raise the standard of accommodation at the centre and have increased the bed capacity to 250.”

A dinner to mark the 60th Anniversary of Alex Park will be held on Good Friday evening, 14 April 2006. For more information phone 07 5443 8966.

Photo : Alex Park then and now