Based in the Noosa Biosphere Reserve

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Open:  Sunrise to 5pm

 

Overnight and Multi-Day Trips to the Noosa Everglades

 

OVERVIEW

Spending the day canoeing or kayaking in the Noosa Everglades is one option to experience this unique eco-system.

Another option is to stay and camp overnight in one of the dozen or so public riverside camp grounds and combine your canoeing or kayaking experience with a range of other activities.  For example, the park offers a variety of walking trails to suit all levels of interest, some of which are only accessible by boat.

Our most popular multi-day trip into the Everglades comprises 3-days and 2-nights camping at Harrys Hut or Fig Tree Point campground, and is packaged so that all you need supply is your own clothes and food.  We provide the canoes, all the camp and cooking gear and, as an option, our water taxi service to deliver you to and/or to pick you up the gateway to the Everglades at Kinaba.  For those who are more time-restricted, you can certainly also do an overnight trip across 2-days and 1-night.

You can download a  PDF copy of our Information Sheet for this trip.

COST - 3 Day / 2 Night Trip - all inclusive of boat and camp gear hire      

Price depends on the number of people in your group and whether you elect to use our water taxi service or not for transport across Lake Cootharaba to/from the entrance to The Everglades at the Kinaba Information Centre. Lake Cootharaba is notourious for the breeze to strengthen from the south during most days and consequently we STRONGLY suggest that paddlers take our water taxi service for at least the return leg from Kinaba to either Elanda Point or Boreen Point. These are our PER PERSON rates effective from Sept 2015 assuming the use of 2-person canoes or kayaks launched from and returned to Boreen Point or Elanda Point for the 3D2N tour.  Our prices for the two day, one night (2D1N) tour are $20 pp less.

Number of People

No Water Taxi

1-way Water Taxi

2-way Water Taxi

2

A$135 pp

A$195 pp

A$255 pp

3

A$135 pp

A$190 pp

A$240 pp

4

A$135 pp

A$180 pp

A$220 pp

More than 4

A$135 pp

A$170 pp

A$200 pp

Please note:

  • We encourage early departures in order to give you the best paddling and boating conditions - as such hires commence as early as sunrise, and end around 4:00 - 5:00pm on the last day of the tour
  • About half our customers elect to use our water taxi service for at least the return trip on the final day of their tour, and we will discuss this option with you depending on the composition of your group and the forecast weather - you can normally nominate your preferred departure/pick-up times for the water taxi service
  • Two people will occupy each canoe, plus of course their camping gear, clothes and food
  • If you have an odd number of people in your group, we will normally allocate one person to a single kayak
  • These hires include mandatory safety gear plus a good quality local map of the Everglades section of the river with suggested routes, plus a printed suggested itinerary for the tour (you are very free to vary this to suit your own interests) and detailed personal briefings on navigation, safety and boat operation    
  • Most people have their own sleeping bags, but you may hire ours for $15 each 
  • You will need to obtain a camping permit for the 2 nights of this trip, from Dept of Environment and Resource Management - about $11 pp - see below for more details under "What YOU Supply")
  • ID and either a cash deposit or credit card details are required on all hires and trips, in addition to completing our standard hire agreement

AVAILABILITY

These overnight trips are available on request and must be booked.  Please use our booking form or contact us to discuss and obtain more details.

OPTIONAL WATER TAXI

This map shows the approx 6.2km route across Lake Cootharaba between Boreen Point and the entrance to the Noosa Everglades at Kinaba, on the nothern shore of the lake.

Because LAKE ESCAPADES is based in Boreen Point, people wishing to experience the Noosa Everglades have the following options, which also determine the total cost of the experience:

  • Paddling the route between Boreen Point and Kinaba, in one or both directions (the blue line on the above map), or
  • Taking the shorter paddling route between Elanda Point (the middle green marker) and Kinaba 
  • Using our water taxi service, in one or both directions

Many people elect to canoe across the lake to the start of the Everglades early on the day of departure (from either Boreen Point or Elanda Point), but to have our water taxi meet them at Kinaba for the return trip on day 3.  However, this is purely a personal choice based on your level of fitness, the weather forecast, available time and your own aspirations.  We welcome your call to discuss.

LOCALITY

The Noosa Everglades are part of the Noosa River system, a 60km long majestic waterway meandering the coastal areas from the sand dunes in the north to its mouth near Noosa Heads, in south-east Queensland.  Noosa is approximately 90 minutes by car north from Brisbane.

The Everglades form the nothern end of this river system located within the Cooloola Section of the Great Sandy National Park, and are renowned for their pristine and natural condition.  Throughout the Everglades, the Noosa River varies in width from just a few meters to around 100 meters, and includes a section which crosses Fig Tree Lake and Lake Como.  Being largely protected from the wind by the surrounding forest, the river is mostly calm and highly suitable for exploration by canoe or kayak.

Just 20 minutes drive from Noosa is our base at Boreen Point, a small village on a penisula on the western shore of Lake Cootharaba, the largest of the lakes in this river system.  The Noosa Everglades commences where the Noosa River flows into this lake at its northern end.

WHAT'S SO SPECIAL ABOUT THE EVERGLADES

The Noosa Everglades are only accessible on foot or by boat.  The only vehicle access into this area, apart from emergency vehicles, is the public camp ground at Harrys Hut, but this is regarded as being several kilometers north of the most appealing sight-seeing sections of the river.  Several walking trails also enter this area but they allow only restricted viewing of limited parts of the waterways and foreshore area.

Without any doubt, the Noosa Everglades should be experienced by boat.  And it is precisely this aspect which keeps visitor numbers relatively low and which thus helps to mimimise impact and to conserve and preserve this area in its absolute natural state.  The Noosa Everglades are rich in flora and fauna, and have remained relatively unchanged for centuries.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 3D2N TRIP

  • Water taxi transfers across Lake Cootharaba (if taken)
  • Kinaba Information Centre and mangrove broadwalk
  • Kinaba Island 
  • Upper Noosa River
  • Kin Kin Creek
  • Fig Tree Lake
  • Lake Como
  • Noosa Everglades - the "River of Mirrors"
  • Canoeing - the rivers and the Everglades
  • Camping - in the national park
  • Treking - through the rainforest
  • Swimming, fishing
  • Cooloola Sandpatch - with amazing views to the ocean, rivers and lakes, and the hinterland beyond 

WHAT WE SUPPLY

  • the canoes (and bouyancy vests)
  • all camping equipment (including tents and sleeping matts)
  • cooking equipment, including cooker, pan, cutlery and plates, and cleaning materials - on a share basis
  • lighting - laterns and/or torches - on a share basis
  • watertight containers, for clothing and food
  • drinking water
  • rubbish bins
  • esky/ice box, if required
  • water taxi transfers between Boreen Point and Kinaba Information Centre (if taken)
  • detailed briefing, maps and instructions from our experienced guides

WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING

  • national park camping permit (book on the Parks' website here or phone them on 13 74 68 > Book "Cooloola Recreation Area" and then "Harrys Hut River Access Sites" or any of the various other riverside camp areas on the Upper Noosa River - ask us for details if you are unsure)
  • sleeping bag (or available for hire from us at A$15 each)
  • comfortable clothing, including enclosed shoes for walking, a sweater for the evenings and a spray jacket if you have one
  • torch, if you have one
  • hat
  • swimming costume and towel
  • sunscreen
  • insect repellant
  • fishing gear, if you wish
  • food and drink - you'll need lots for the 3 days, but keep it compact and easy to cook.  No glass.
  • water bottle
  • fully charged mobile phone (just in case)
  • personal first aid kit (if you have one)

SUGGESTED ITINERARY

Our most popular trip is this 3-day 2-night trip:

Day 1

  • Get yourselves to our depot at Boreen Point, a 20 minute drive from Tewantin or Pomona
  • Collect camp gear (if hiring ours)
  • Receive full briefings on use of the equipment, canoeing techniques and a suggested itinerary
  • We transport all the boats and gear to your chosen departure point - either Boreen Point or Elanda Point
  • Drive and park your car at the departure point (free and safe)
  • Either paddle across Lake Cootharaba to Kinaba Information Centre, or take our water taxi
  • Paddle upsteam through the Upper Noosa River and the renowned Noosa Everglades
  • Arrive your chosen campsite - there are several to choose from (we will advise you)
  • Setup camp - you normally stay at the same campsite for the two nights

Day 2

  • Paddle upstream to camp site 3
  • Walking trek through the rainforest to the Cooloola Sandpatch - 12km round trip
  • Return by canoe to your campsite

Day 3

  • Pack up camp
  • Paddle downsteam back to Kinaba, with several detour options along the way
  • Paddle back across Lake Cootharaba or, preferably, catch our water taxi service
  • Arrive at Boreen Point or Elanda Point 
  • Return our equipment - end of the adventure!

SAFETY

Your safety is our primary concern at all times. You need to be aware that all outdoor adventure activities carry an element of risk and that you need to be in reasonable health to partake in a day of outdoor activity. For your information:

  • Mobile phones usually work on Lake Cootharaba and the higher hills which fringe this area, but will be intermittant or non-existant on the Upper Noosa River and at most of the camping areas  
  • Passing commercial tour boats and the general boating public can assist you on the river system if necessary
  • General and emergency vehicle access is available into Harrys Hut
  • National Park rangers do patrol the area at times
  • Our pre-departure briefings will alert you to other matters of safety and some of the actions you should and should not take on these trips

GENERAL TERMS & CONDITIONS

Your involvement in any of our trips, tours and hires is subject to our General Terms & Conditions, and any other specific hire agreement we may execute with you.

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