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Habitat Noosa Everglades Ecocamp

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by Meg Forbes (subscribe)
Meg Forbes is a mum, freelance writer, and photographer living in the Redlands, South of Brisbane. https://www.instagram.com/megforbesphotography/
Published July 20th 2020
Peaceful stay accommodation and ecotours - Noosa Everglades
Habitat Noosa is a new ecocamp set on 65 acres just 25km from Noosa at Lake Cootharaba on Gubbi Gubbi Country. Lake Cootharaba forms part of the Noosa Everglades and is surrounded by numerous day and overnight hiking and canoe trails. However, although Habitat Noosa Everglades Ecocamp is set in the pristine wilderness of the Cooloola Recreation Area in the Great Sandy National Park, it provides guests with a range of luxury accommodation and nature-based tours.

Find serentity at Habitat Noosa Everglades Ecoc Camp on Lake Cootharaba
Find serentity at Habitat Noosa Everglades Ecocamp on Lake Cootharaba


Habitat Noosa Everglades Ecocamp accommodation

Habitat Noosa Everglades Ecocamp offers guests a range of accommodation options. These include unpowered and powered campsites, that are set along the shore of Lake Cootharaba, across green lawns, and within more secluded, forested areas, for guests who wish to bring their own camping equipment.

Peaceful lakeside camping at Habitat Noosa Everglades Ecocamp
Peaceful lakeside camping at Habitat Noosa Everglades Ecocamp


Additional accommodation includes wilderness glamping tents set within a forested area that is home to many birds including rainbow lorikeets and yellow-tailed black cockatoos, luxury glamping tents that are each provided with a private viewing deck, and air-conditioned cabins that can accommodate groups of up to 88 people.

Luxury glamping with kangaroos for neighbours
Luxury glamping with kangaroos for neighbours


Other facilities include clean bathrooms with hot showers, cold beach showers near the edge of the lake, a well-equipped camp kitchen with gas BBQs, and a laundry with washing machines and tumble driers.

The well-equiped camp kitchen at Explore the pristine wilderness of the Noosa Everglades from Habitat Noosa Everglades Ecocamp
The well-equiped camp kitchen at Explore the pristine wilderness of the Noosa Everglades from Habitat Noosa Everglades Ecocamp


The Noosa Everglades

The Noosa Everglades are one of only two Everglades systems in the world. They are home to a wide variety of wildlife, including 40% of Australia's bird species! While some of these birds, such as the delightful and iconic laughing kookaburra and white-bellied sea eagles are present all year round, others such as the jabiru visit seasonally during the spring and summer months.

A laughing kookaburra near the glamping tents at sunrise
A laughing kookaburra near the glamping tents at sunrise


Other wildlife around and within the Habitat Noosa Everglades Ecocamp includes swamp wallabies, koalas, echidnas, and goannas. Eastern grey kangaroos with their delightful joeys especially appreciate the green lawns around the ecocamp, and are frequently present between the campsites, wilderness, and luxury tents, and tiny striated pardalotes nest in mud embankments along the lake's shoreline.

A striated pardalote nesting between campsites and Lake Cootharaba at Habitat Noosa
A striated pardalote nesting between campsites and Lake Cootharaba at Habitat Noosa


The Noosa Everglades are fringed by banksias, tea trees, melaleucas, and reeds, amongst other plants, resulting in tannin-stained waters that are famous for their stunning reflections. Despite its close proximity to Noosa, there is little light pollution, making Habitat Noosa Everglades Ecocamp an ideal location for star-gazing

The milky way over Lake Cootharaba
The milky way over Lake Cootharaba


Nature-based tours and hire

Habitat Noosa Everglades Ecocamp provides guests with a number of options for enjoying this wilderness paradise. This includes hire of small motorboats, kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddleboards; Everglades Ecosafaris and Serenity Cruises; as well as guided canoe tours with morning tea. More details on each of these options for exploring the Noosa Everglades from Habitat Noosa can be found here.

Hire watercraft, or take a guided tour, to explore the Noosa Everglades from Habitat Noosa Everglades Ecocamp
Hire watercraft, or take a guided tour, to explore the Noosa Everglades from Habitat Noosa Everglades Ecocamp


CootharaBAR bar and bistro

The CootharaBAR bar and bistro is set within Habitat Noosa Everglades Ecocamp, and provides guests with the opportunity to enjoy coffee, muffins, and light refreshments from their kiosk, as well as lunch and dinner from the bistro. While indoor seating is available, there are also outdoor shaded options beneath a verandah and a huge, beautiful fig tree. Additionally, the bar is fully licensed.

Return from your adventures to a delicious hot meal at the fully licensed CootharaBAR
Return from your adventures to a delicious hot meal at the fully licensed CootharaBAR


Opening hours for CootharaBAR bar and bistro are

Kiosk: 8am 11am Saturday Sunday
CootharaBAR: from 11am daily
Bistro lunch: 12pm 2pm daily
Bistro dinner: 5:30pm 8pm daily Thurs-Sun & every day during school holidays

The CootharaBAR bar and bistro menu can be viewed here

The Noosa Everglades are one of South East Queensland's still remaining wilderness areas just waiting to be explored, and, as can be seen, Habitat Noosa Everglades Ecocamp provides guests with various tastes in accommodation and approaches to outdoor adventuring with a range of options for doing so. The only remaining questions are when, and for how long, will you visit?

Explore the pristine wilderness of the Noosa Everglades from Habitat Noosa Everglades Ecocamp
Explore the pristine wilderness of the Noosa Everglades from Habitat Noosa Everglades Ecocamp

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Why? Peaceful camping in one of South East Queensland's still remaining wilderness areas
When: Anytime
Phone: 07 5485 3165
Where: Elanda Point on Lake Cootharaba
Cost: Prices for accommodation options are available here: https://www.habitatnoosa.com.au/accommodation/
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What a lovely spot Meg, something for everyone. Several days could be spent there and never get bored. Neil.
by Neil Follett (score: 2|553) 13 days ago
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