ABOUT THE AREA
We operate within the Noosa River and the Cooloola Section of the Great Sandy National Park, in South-East Queensland's Sunshine Coast area. Our operations base is at Boreen Point, on the shores of Lake Cootharaba, the largest lake in the Noosa River system.
To help visitors gain the most from their visits, we have compiled a list of interesting activities and things to do on and around the local lakes and rivers. Click here for information on our lake and river exploration trips.
The Noosa River Waterway System
The Noosa River is a 60 km long aquatic corridor that extends from its primary source deep within the Great Sandy National Park, down through the tanin-stained waters of the Noosa Everglades, into the semi-fresh waters of Lake Cootharaba and through Lake Cooroibah, before it snakes its way past residential areas, the popular boat hire and waterfront restaurants of historic Tewantin, Noosaville and Noosa Heads. The river meets the South Pacific Ocean at Laguna Bay near Noosa.
The Great Sandy National Park
The Cooloola Section of the Great Sandy National Park covers an area of approximately 56,600 ha. This section stretches south from Rainbow Beach to the Noosa River at Tewantin, it provides a haven for indigenous flora and fauna threatened by urban development and is characterised by open heathland, banksia woodlands, dry sclerophyll forest of scribbly gum and blackbutt, rainforest, coloured sand cliffs, attractive and extensive beaches, a plenitude of birdlife, including sea eagles, and the freshwater lakes, mangrove wetlands and tributaries associated with the Noosa River.
Great Sandy National Park incorporates and preserves the largest tract of natural land on Queenslandıs southern coast and the largest intact sand dune system in the world.
The Noosa Everglades
The tannin-stained waters of the upper Noosa River are often called the River of Mirrors for their startling reflections. Further up, the waters of the Everglades are covered in a canopy of dense vegetation and mangroves, and the waters filled with fish, frogs and large populations of waterbirds.
Find out more about this rare environment at the Kinaba Information Centre, an interpretive centre that is built on the boardwalk above wetlands. Visit the historic Harry's Hut and set up camp or head further up river to one of the many camping spots accessible only by water vessel.
Boreen Point and Lake Cootharaba
The village of Boreen Point sits on a small peninsula surrounded on 3 sides by Lake Cootharaba and bordered by the rural hinterland areas. Boreen Point is the only residential area on Lake Cootharaba and is a comfortable 1.5 hour drive north of Brisbane. It's a 15 minute drive to Tewantin from the village and 25 minutes to Hastings Street in Noose Heads.
Lake Cootharaba is the largest inland lake in Queensland. It stretches about 10 klms long by about 5 klms wide, to the high sand dunes on Noosa's North Shore and its sweeping beaches. It is bordered by The Great Sandy National Park, a pristine water catchment area forming the headwaters of the Noosa River system and is home to the famous Noosa Everglades, with its mirrored waters. There are colored sand cliffs, and a sandblow, freshwater lakes, tall forests, paperbark swamps and wildflower heath plains. The Lake is popular for sailing, fishing, swimming, wind surfing, kite surfing and canoeing. There is a Council Camping ground on the foreshore, a sailing club, general store, cafe, and the historic Appollonian Hotel.
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The Noosa Biosphere Reserve, an area comprising our terrestrial and coastal/marine ecosystems, was formally established by UNESCO on 20 September, 2007 in recognition of and to further promote the balanced relationship existing between the local community and the environment. There is an amazingly strong and very genuine sense of respect and pride held by the local community for the pristine environment we are blessed with. For more information on the Biosphere Reserve, refer to the Council website and the Noosa Biosphere Association's website.
As part of Noosa Council's bid to win world environmental recognition, an independent biodiversity study in 2005 found that the Noosa Shire had significantly more plant and bird species than the Yosemite National Park World Heritage Area in the USA, and the Kakadu National Park in northern Australia. "In brief, the report showed that Noosa has one of the most amazing environments in which to live on the whole planet."