The Noosa Everglades is just 30 minutes drive from Noosa and 90 minutes from Brisbane. It’s stunningly beautiful, bursting with rare animal and plant species, and it feels like you’re in another world! So, why not grab your nearest and dearest (family, friends or colleagues will do!) and escape to the wilderness for the ultimate Noosa Everglades weekend.
Read on to discover our favourite adventure-packed itineraries, both guaranteed to take you back to nature, revive your senses, and leave you wanting to immerse yourself even deeper in to Australia’s very own Everglades.
Itinerary 1 – 1 night: Overnight Self-Guided Noosa Everglades Kayak Adventure (can be 2+ nights)
0830 – Arrive at Elanda Point Launch Site (near Boreen Point) for your Overnight Kayak Adventure
Full briefing on the shore of stunning Lake Cootharaba
Tailor-make your own personal adventure with the help of expert guides
Set off on your self-guided tour, fully equipped with streamlined kayak, tent, roll mat, cooking equipment & more (take your own delicious food and refreshments for the awesome night ahead)
Meander through the remote areas of the pristine ancient 65km river system only accessible under paddle, listening to the sounds of the wilderness and spotting the abundant wildlife as you go
If you’ve still got the energy, hike up to the Cooloola Sand Patch (90 mins o/w). You’ll be the only ones there to experience stunning 360 degree views of Noosa and the Hinterland
Camp on the riverbank among ancient rainforest & sleep under a wonderous blanket of stars.
Wake up to birdsong, maybe take a dip in the pristine river or just dip your toes as you relax over breakfast, taking in the morning colours of the rainforest.
Kayak back to base, breaking for morning tea and lunch on the riverbank as you go.
Arrive back to launch site by 3pm
Unpack, then head for a refreshing drink in the Apollonian Hotel, a traditional old Gympie Goldrush pub in Boreen Point, to discuss what a unique and memorable weekend in the Noosa Everglades you’ve just had.
*see kayak tour highlights below
Itinerary 2 – 2 nights: One Day Guided or Self-Guided Kayak Adventure
Camp up on your own private beach at Boreen Point Campground (link below).
Book into a Boreen Point BNB or Noosa Hotel before your wilderness adventure tomorrow. See accommodation links below
Walk along the idyllic lake shore, watching the colours of the sunset lighting up the waters. Then head up to the Apollonian Hotel, an old Gympie Goldrush pub, for a refreshing drink and dinner – let the kids run wild in the beautiful beer garden.
0830 – Arrive at Elanda Point Kayak Launch Site (near Boreen Point) for your One Day Kayak Tour
Full kayak briefing on the shore of stunning Lake Cootharaba.
One Day Guided Tour: Head out on to stunning Lake Cootharaba and into the Upper Noosa River on a Kanu Kapers one day guided- tour. Tours are deliciously catered with honest, fresh & local produce and accompanied by an expert guide.
Self-Guided Tour: Tailor-make your own personal adventure with the help of our expert guides and set off on your own private itinerary taking tasty provisions for your journey.
*See kayak tour highlights below
Head back in time for a refreshing sundowner and watch the sun set over the pristine lake wilderness.
Overnight at Boreen Point Campground and dine at the Apollonian Hotel and discuss what a unique and memorable weekend in the Noosa Everglades you’re having.
Take a refreshing swim in the therapeutic tea tree-stained waters of Lake Cootharaba
Hike through sub-tropical tea tree rainforest to Kinaba Information Centre (14km rtn)
Take a short drive and test your legs with an intense one hour walk/ climb to the top of the world for breathtaking 360 degree views at Mount Cooroora (Pomona)
Take a short drive to Mount Timberwah for stunning 360 degree views over Noosa and the Hinterland, an easy 5 mins walk from the car park
Lunch – drive to Kin Kin for delicious local food and live music at the Black Ant Gourmet cafe/ restaurant and digest your magical weekend in the Noosa Everglades.
Kanu Kapers Sustainable Kayak Tour Highlights (all tours)
- Experience one of just two Everglades in the world!
- Award winning – family owned – sustainable tourism
- Pay our respects to the traditional owners
- Stunning views of the river & Great Sandy National Park
- Abundant rare wildlife – pelicans, sea eagles, kangaroos, black swans, goanna, cockatoos, echidna, kingfishers…
- Paddling ensures maximum serenity & wildlife viewing
- Melaleuca tea tree and sub-tropical rainforest
- Narrows & River of Mirrors (time permitting)
- Refreshing swim in the therapeutic Everglades waters
- Fully equipped overnight kayak adventures
- Top of the range equipment
- Professional guides who care for the environment
- No noisy, polluting motors
- We aim to leave no trace