The beach is also a hotspot for fishing, with many anglers bringing in decent catches to show off. On weekends during summer, the beach is patrolled by members of the Ayr Surf Life Saving Club, one of North Queensland’s oldest surf clubs.
Alva’s Yongala Dive operates a Dive Shop and accommodation, specialising in PADI dive courses, with day trips out to the SS. Yongala wreck. This world-renowned dive is one of the best on the Great Barrier Reef. Alva Beach Tourist Park has a kiosk. If you’re spending the day at Alva, bring a picnic or barbecue lunch to enjoy in the park near the Surf Club.
There are numerous middens in the sand dunes of Cape Upstart which demonstrates the connection of the Juru people to the area. There are also several sacred sites, like the women’s area at Worrungu Bay and the stone arrangements near Mine Island.
Cape Upstart is home to over 100 species of birds including black swans, lorikeets, jabirus and brolgas. Bush camping is permitted at Coconut Beach, permits and fees apply.
Funny Dunny Park is a small camping area at Wunjunga offering short stay camping for a donation. Three Aboriginal middens are located near Wunjunga. The sacred, protected sites can be observed from afar.