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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 a detailed pre-departure safety briefing including good quality accurate maps.  You may also do an overnight trip across only two days or stay as long as wish.


Price depends on:

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

  • the number of people in your group, and

  • how many days/nights you will be away.

These are our PER PERSON rates for canoes or kayaks on multi-day hires, using either your own camp gear or hiring ours, assuming a minimum booking for 2 people:

Please note:​

  • If you book as a solo paddler on your own, the above rates do not apply, in which case you need to contact us for a custom quote

  • Groups are normally assigned to double canoes or double kayaks (that is, 2 adults per boat).  If you have an odd number of people in your group we will assign one person to a single kayak and they will pay the same per person hire fee as everyone else.  However, if you specifically request more than one single kayak, a per-person supplement of $15 per day may apply to those taking the single kayaks

  • Young children accompanying their parents will be charged $10 per day and will be provided with a paddle and safety vest

  • Please contact us for special family-group pricing as discounts may apply

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


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. 


  • 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 7am.  We do open from sunrise so if you'd like to arrive earlier or later, please just talk to us about this

  • You have the choice of launching from the lakefront at Boreen Point or, to get the shortest and safest paddling route to the Everglades, the public launching ramp at Elanda Point

  • Either way, we provide you with detailed briefings on where to go and what to see, 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

  • If launching from Elanda Point we will initially meet you outside the entrance to the national park - beside the group of four letterboxes located at 81 Lake Flat Road, Boreen Point - where we will provide the pre-departure safety briefing, after which you then need to be able to transport your canoe or kayak to the Elanda Point launch area (needing roof racks on your car or borrowing our small trailer for free), just a 3-4 min drive away.  See further explanation below.

  • If your group includes 6 or more people we can make canoes and kayaks available for you at Elanda Point

  • If launching from Boreen Point, we'll meet you next to the public boat ramp in Urunga Parade, Boreen Point near it's intersection with Orchard Ave, and your booked canoe or kayak will be ready to go!

  • 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 you can indulge in fishing, swimming, bird watching, photography, hiking, bush walks and other activities as you prefer

  • At some designated time or location through your trip you will start your return paddle back to the departure point, where we will normally meet you and assist with the unpacking and tidying up


In February 2019 the Australian Government formally accepted a Native Title Claim from the Kabi Kabi First Nations People over a large area of land from near Buxton in the north (about 36km south of Gladstone) to Redcliffe in the south, incorporating the Great Sandy National Park including the Upper Noosa River area.  We are told that permits normally required by commercial hire operators such as oursleves to access areas of national parks can not be issued by the Queensland Government while the Native Title claim and certain other internal government reviews are underway.  Without such a permit we are unable to gain direct access to the Elanda Point canoe launch area.

For more details on the respective Native Title claim, please refer to here.

Please note that:

  • the general public's access to the Elanda Point launch area is unaffected and unrestricted by the current situation; and

  • our access to launch you from Boreen Point is also unaffected and unrestricted; and

  • you also have the option to drive into the Everglades area via Harrys Hut campground and to launch yourselves from there.


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.


  • 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 


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


  • 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)


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 options to detour and further explore 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!


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


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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