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NOOSA EVERGLADES

MULTI-DAY / OVERNIGHT TRIPS

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 several days and camp overnight in one of the many 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 (3D2N) and is packaged so that all you need supply is your own clothes, food and personal items.  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.  You may also do an overnight trip across only two days or stay as long as wish.

PRICES (A$)

Price depends on:

  • whether you have your own camp gear or wish to hire ours, and

  • whether you elect to use our water taxi service for transport across Lake Cootharaba to/from the entrance to The Everglades at the Kinaba Information Centre (see details below), and

  • the number of people in your group, and

  • how many days/nights you will be away.

 

In calm, low-wind conditions the water taxi is not normally required.  However, Lake Cootharaba is notorious for the breeze to strengthen from the south during most days and consequently we suggest that paddlers consider our water taxi service for at least the return leg from Kinaba to either Elanda Point or Boreen Point.  When you make a booking with us, we will normally discuss the expected weather with you and advise according. 

These are our PER PERSON rates for canoes or kayaks on multi-day hires, using either your own camp gear or hiring ours:

Please note:​

  • See details below of what's included and what you need to bring with you on these overnight trips

  • You are welcome to include children and please contact us for special family-group pricing as discounts may apply

  • Extra $150 total for our 1-way water taxi service covering 1-4 people (that is, from $38 pp) - double these costs for 2-way transfers

  • Extra $230 total for our 1-way water taxi service covering 5-8 people (that is, from $29 pp) - double these costs for 2-way transfers

  • For a fixed delivery fee of $90 we will make canoes or kayaks available from Harrys Hut - this enables customers to avoid the paddle across the open waters of Lake Cootharaba to reach the Everglades but it does require that you drive to Harrys Hut and to start your adventure from there (yes, we can provide driving directions).  A fixed $90 pick-up fee also applies if you end the hire at Harrys Hut

AVAILABILITY

These overnight hires are normally offered daily but are always subject to availability, acceptable weather and various other factors including the occasional national park closure.  Since some preparations are required by you and us, these hires need to be booked in advance – please use our booking request form or contact us directly to discuss and obtain more details and guidance. 

WHAT'S INVOLVED

  • We encourage early starts in order to help get the best paddling conditions, and thus we aim to meet you here in Boreen Point at 6:30am.  We do open from sunrise so if you'd like to arrive earlier or later, please just talk to us about this.  The preparations for packing your boat and the safety briefing can take up to 90 mins

  • We'll meet you just outside the entrance to the National Park, and you then follow us in your vehicle for the 3-min drive to the launch area - our actual meetup address is beside the group of four letterboxes located at 59 Lake Flat Road, Boreen Point

  • Together we prepare and help you to load your boats - canoes or kayaks - ready to get underway

  • Next we provide you with detailed briefings on how to reach your chosen camp site and what to see along the way, map reading, landmark identification, paddling and boat handling techniques and emergency procedures - all intended to help ensure your trip into the Everglades is safe and enjoyable

  • Most hires are provided with GPS tracking devices, enabling us to remotely monitor your progress - in the event of any issues we will attempt to advise and assist you

  • You may follow our recommended route and timings through the Everglades or vary these to your own interests.  There are opportunities to stop along the way, some toilets are available, and through the whole trip you can indulge in fishing, swimming, bird watching, photography, hiking and other activities as you prefer

  • We will advise you on timings necessary to help you get back and complete your trip by whatever time you need

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, or 

  • 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 returning trip on their last day.  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.

CANOE OR KAYAK?

Generally speaking:

  • Canoes tend to better cater for the storage of gear - they have much more space than kayaks and it is all easily accessible

  • Seating structures in canoes tend to be solid and more supportive of the paddlers' backs, and thus to be more comfortable for a day's outing

  • Canoes tend to offer better protection from small waves and the wash from any passing boats

  • Canoes can be used with either single or double-bladed paddles while kayaks generally require the double blades, and experienced paddlers can cover more water using double blades - but then again, who's in a hurry?

  • Kayaks are affected less by the breeze because they have lower sides than canoes - however most of the Upper Noosa River is relatively narrow and protected from the breeze so wind is mostly not an issue

  • Our kayaks have a rudder which is controlled using foot pedals by the paddler closest to the stern. This can be an advantage in terms of steering, though manouvering canoes by paddles is also easy after you have been given some basic instruction


Overall, we suggest the use of canoes for over-night trips but we also have a modern fleet of kayaks if these are your preference.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE OVERNIGHT TRIPS

  • 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 - there's wide range of campgrounds available in terms of size and facilities offered

  • Treking - through the forest - there's a wide variety of walking trails available - talk to us for guidance

  • Swimming, fishing

  • Cooloola Sandpatch - with amazing views to the ocean, rivers and lakes, and the hinterland beyond 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

For all multi-day hires:

  • Your choice of canoe or kayak, for the same price - kayaks carry a maximum of 2 people whilst our canoes can carry 2 adults and up to 2 young children

  • Mandatory safety gear for each person including buoyancy vests

  • Dry bags or water-proof drums for the storage of your gear

  • Our detailed pre-departure briefing, and accurate maps

  • Optionally, our water taxi service for transfers between Boreen Point and Kinaba Information Centre (see more details above)

If hiring our camp gear, we also provide:

  • Tents and sleeping mats

  • Cooking equipment, including a gas cooker with gas canisters, cooking pot and pan, cutlery and plates, cups/mugs and cleaning materials 

  • Lighting - battery-powered lanterns and/or torches

  • Folding seats

  • Drinking water

  • Basic first aid kit

  • Rubbish bin

  • Esky/ice box, if required

  • Optionally, sleeping bags for a hire fee of $20 each to cover laundering costs

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)

  • Camp gear and sleeping bags or blankets (if not hiring from us)

  • Comfortable clothing, including enclosed shoes for walking, a sweater for the evenings and a spray jacket if you have one

  • Fully charged mobile phones

  • Torches, if you have them

  • Hat

  • Swimming costume and towel

  • Sunscreen

  • Insect repellent

  • Fishing gear, if you wish

  • Food and drink - pre-cooked food is the most simple to prepare

  • Water bottle

  • Personal first aid kit (if you have one)

SUGGESTED ITINERARY (For 3D2N Trip)

Our most popular trip is this 3-day 2-night trip and this would be our suggestion, which you can vary as much as you wish:

Day 1

  • Get yourselves to our depot at Boreen Point, a 20 minute drive from Tewantin or Pomona

  • Together we drive for 5 mins to your chosen launch area - normally, at Elanda Point

  • Unload your gear and park your car

  • Together we pack your canoe or kayak

  • Receive full briefings on use of the equipment, canoeing techniques, map reading, the suggested itinerary and safety matters

  • 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 at your chosen campsite - there are several to choose from (we will advise you)

  • Setup camp - you can stay at the same campsite for the two nights, or you can move to a different site on day 2 (depending on what you booked)

 

Day 2

  • After breakfast, paddle to Camp Site 3, taking your lunch with you

  • Hire along easy trails through the rainforest to the Cooloola Sandpatch - 12km round trip

  • Return by canoe to your campsite

Day 3

  • Time for exploring alternative walking trails or routes along the river

  • Pack up your camp and load back into your canoe or kayak

  • Paddle downstream back to Kinaba, with several detour options along the way

  • Paddle back across Lake Cootharaba or catch our water taxi service

  • Arrive at Elanda Point 

  • Return our equipment

  • Pack your car - and, end of the adventure!

SAFETY

Your comfort and safety are our primary concerns 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:

  • As with any on-water activity, weather plays a very significant factor in the level of comfort and safety you can expect during any hire or trip with us, and so we encourage you to check weather forecasts a few days in advance of any booking and to discuss any concerns with us.  Pay particular notice of the expected wind strength and direction through the day noting that wind strength is normally at its lowest in the early mornings and gathers through the day - this is why we mostly recommend early starts for all hires.  Remember, you are free to cancel or postpone any booking with us for any reason and at any time - we are very understanding about these matters

  • Mobile phones usually work on Lake Cootharaba and the higher hills which fringe this area, but will be intermittent or non-existent on the Noosa River and at most of the camping areas  

  • If ever needed, your best source of immediate assistance on the water is probably any passing commercial tour boat and the general boating public

  • We have a rescue boat and will come to your assistance if called

  • General and emergency vehicle access is available into the Harrys Hut camp area

  • National Park rangers do patrol the area at times - both on the water and at the riverside camp sites

  • For most hires we can provide GPS trackers for added safety and convenience, at no cost

  • Our pre-departure briefings will alert you to some other matters of safety and some of the actions you should and should not take on these trips

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.