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A Trip up the River: The Beautiful Noosa Everglades

Guest blogger - Monday, December 22, 2014
By guest blogger Tom Woods

I recently had the privilege of travelling up the beautiful Noosa River on-board The Discovery Group's boat to the Noosa Everglades - it's probably one of the best "hidden secrets" of the Noosa region.

The voyage north started at The Discovery Jetty on Gympie Terrace, in the heart of Noosaville and only 5 minutes from Hastings Street and Noosa Heads. From the moment I arrived, I was met with outstanding service from the staff and boat skipper Ben. We made our way past Noosa Marina and Sir Richard Branson's Makepeace Island, and crossed Lake Cooroibah and Lake Cootharaba, all at impressive speed.

The skipper filled us with interesting facts, information and even an old folk story which was one of the many highlights of the trip. Once we reached the mystical tannin waters of the Noosa Everglades, we were greeted with amazing views in this part of the Great Sandy National Park that teems with wildlife.

The voyage then reached the single most picturesque part of the Noosa River, the Narrows. Here are just a few of the images I captured along the way.


Looking south on Lake Cootharaba.


Between Lake Cooroibah and Cootharaba


This cheeky little dude tried to steal our afternoon tea!


The stunning Narrows, on the way to Harry’s Hut.


Moored at Harry’s Hut jetty.


Eastward view of Lake Cootharaba.


Harry’s Hut, marked by this sign on the wharf.


The way to Lake Como.


The tannin waters of the Everglades... in the Narrows.


Ahhh, what a perfect view...


The mystical Noosa Everglades in all its glory - easy to see how they earned the name ‘river of mirrors’.

The Noosa Everglades is an absolutely breath-taking place and one of only two everglades systems in the world - these are the only everglades you can swim in. If you go, make sure you take a camera and don’t forget to #visitnoosa.

There's a range of ways to discover the Noosa Everglades - from the comfort of a half-day boat cruise from Noosaville to a self-guided canoeing and camping safari.  

Noosa Everglades Discovery offers a BBQ lunch cruise, afternoon cruise with pick-up from Hastings Street and Noosaville, Bar-B-Canoe day tour; and a 3-day/2-night self-guided canoeing and camping safari.

Kanu Kapers offers half, full-day and 2 and 3-day guided kayaking tours or take yourself on a 1, 2 or 3-day self-guided kayaking adventure and camp in this unspoilt winderness.

For more information please call the Noosa Visitor Information Centre on 1 3000 NOOSA (within Australia) or 07 5430 5000 (outside Australia), email info@visitnoosa.com.au or see visitnoosa.com.au

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