Prepare yourself for Noosa Everglades, an incredibly breathtaking natural beauty and one of just two everglades systems on the planet. This natural wonder is a subtropical haven for marine life, many birds, flora, and fauna species. Surrounding an intricate waterways network; you will find ancient tea tree forests, mangroves and beautiful lily pads floating on the water. The sparkling reflection off the water, mirroring all that surrounds it and only broken by soft ripples on the water.
The best way to explore the Noosa Everglades is by water with either a guided tour; or a paddle of your own from Noosaville or Boreen Point. Set between Noosa North Shore and Rainbow Beach it is an easy drive to reach the area. Allow yourself some time to embrace the surroundings; just 40 minutes from Noosa Heads making the area accesable and allows more time for exploring. The Noosa Everglades connect to Noosa River, offering a 60-kilometre stretch of pristine waters. Bustling with life, the Everglades are home to approximately 44% of Australia’s bird species and 700 native animals.
If you’re travelling by car, arrive at the Cooloola Recreation Area car park to begin your adventure. The area allows people to camp; however you’ll need to be self-sufficient and have a permit, with no facilities available, so make sure you come prepared. Organise your permit beforehand at Queensland National Parks Booking Service. Otherwise, if you’re looking for a serviced campground stop off at Boreen Point Campground; with eight powered concrete slabbed sites along with many unpowered sites too. Here you’ll have access to kayaks, stand up paddleboards, kite surfing or boats on Lake Cootharaba.
Further north, you’ll find Harrys Hut, which is a relaxing bush retreat. The camping area has picnic tables and shelter as well as canoe access points. However, if you want to venture to Harry’s Hut; you’ll need a 4WD or to access the area by foot or kayak. Otherwise, for a catered experience, you can also opt to do an afternoon cruise along the water.
As you paddle through water lilies and soak in your surroundings be sure to stop and listen to the sounds of birdcalls echoing around you. Make the most of the Noosa Everglades with its the serene and stunning environment, just waiting to be uncovered.