Noosa Everglades

The Noosa Everglades, one of only two everglades systems on Earth, is a world of Water, wilderness and wonder

Known as the River of Mirrors because of the amazing reflections in the water, the Noosa Everglades, in the upper reaches of the Noosa River, is a 60km stretch of pristine waters, magnificent flora and fauna and narrow waterways.

You can explore the Noosa Everglades with guided and self-guided kayak tours from Boreen Point, by boat from Noosaville, or on foot.

Although it's one of Noosa’s hidden spots, it's easy to get to, can take as little as half a day to explore (or stay longer) and is only about 40 minutes from Noosa Heads.

This unique environment is relatively untouched, with 65% of its catchment in National Park and it's within the Noosa Biosphere Reserve.

See and hear more about why the Noosa Everglades are so special from Noosa’s Kanu Kapers in this beautiful video and blog.

Things to do

Things to do

Go sailing, kite surfing or paddling – hire a canoe or kayak and explore the expansive waters of Lake Cootharaba. The lake is home to windsurfing and yachting competitions and is part of the Noosa River system. Boreen Point is the gateway to the upper Noosa River, the Everglades and the Great Sandy National Park.

Locals and visitors come from far and wide to enjoy the famous Sunday spit roast lunch and relax on the wide verandah or in the beer garden of the historic Apollonian Hotel. Set on 3 acres with post-and-rail fences and a friendly Clydesdale in the front paddock, the Apollonian is a rustic and welcoming country pub.

Book to stay at self-contained holiday homes or camping grounds and caravan parks with all the facilities you need, located on the shores of Lake Cootharaba. Book a bed in a bush setting at the historic Apollonian Hotel.

Getting There

The Noosa Everglades is accessed via boat into the upper reaches of the Noosa River, or from Boreen Point (about 25 minutes drive from Noosa Heads).

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Highlights

  • Camp by Lake Cootharaba
  • Spend the day sailing, kite surfing or paddling on the safe waters
  • Book a kayak or canoe and explore the lake and head to the Everglades
  • For a taste of Queensland, the historic Apollonian Hotel has cool, wide verandahs, a beer garden and pig on the spit on Sundays
  • Walk the unspoilt tracks from Elanda Point to Mill Point

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Noosa Notes

Walk and cruise Noosa in winter

Walk and cruise Noosa in winter

Liz Bond

​Marco! … Polo! Usually the sound of summer in Australia. I’m overlooking the pool at Mantra French Quarter Noosa with a glass of Lanson in hand and it is supposedly winter. Don’t tell the kids. Perhaps winter never comes to Noosa...

Close encounters with whales

Close encounters with whales

VISIT NOOSA

Just how close to a humpback whale would you feel comfortable being? Watching the majesty of humpbacks as they travel through the warm waters off Noosa on their annual migration north is an unforgettable sight – their playful tail slaps, breaches, sprays and fin ‘waves’ seem even more incredible when you consider their size … around 15m in length and weighing more than 35 tonnes!

See what you've been missing

See what you've been missing

Kinga Atkinson - AWOL FAMILY

See the best views of Noosa from Mt Tinbeerwah, four-wheel-drive past Noosa’s ‘coloured sands’ along Noosa North Shore or glamp it up in a ‘Luxury Teepee Tent.’ Relax on the water at Lake Cootharaba or kayak through Australia’s only Everglades, and its football fields of water lilies. It’s time, to start your NEW Noosa adventure!

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