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Published July 22nd 2010
Noosa is more than the dining and shopping experience of Hastings Street. The Noosa Everglades are home to a variety of flora and fauna including turtles, dugongs, dolphins and mangroves. Listed as number 138 of the 150 Queensland Must-Dos, the Noosa Everglades can be explored on your own in a kayak or canoe or let someone else take care of the navigation and enjoy a peaceful cruise through the natural beauty and enjoy the reflection of the paperbark trees in the dark waters.
Located 30 minutes from the heart of Noosa and part of the Great Sandy National Park, the Noosa Everglades includes mangroves, lakes, sand dunes and the Noosa River. A nature lover's paradise with more than 700 native animal species making their home in the area, the Noosa Everglades offers ample opportunities to sit back in wonder or indulge your artistic side with some photography, sketching or painting.
If you want to explore the region by yourself, canoes, kayaks and small boats can be hired at Boreen Point. Canoe exploration of the Noosa Everglades can take between 15 minutes to a half day. It is recommended that canoe and kayak exploration of the Noosa Everglades takes place in the morning when the conditions are likely to be calm. Camping is permitted (by permit) in the Noosa Everglades so you can make a weekend and get away from it all. The Kinaba Information Centre provides a boardwalk and self-guided tour of the mangroves that make up a section of the Noosa Everglades. The information centre can be reached by walking or by boat.
Another way to explore the Noosa Everglades is cruising on Noosa Everglades Discovery's M.V. Cooloola Queen. Cruises start from $75 per person and range from an afternoon wilderness cruise, which shows the beauty of the region at sunset and the full day BBQ lunch and Cruise 'n' Coast journeys. Cruise 'n' Coast combines a four wheel drive adventure along the 40 miles of Noosa's beaches together with a nautical exploration of the Noosa River. The boats used for the cruises are fully licensed and all cruises include a meal option.
The Noosa Everglades are situated in the Great Sandy National Park, approximately 155km or 2 hours drive from Brisbane and 30 minutes from the heart of Noosa. Using public transport, a connecting bus from Nambour train station (use the Gympie train line) will take you to Noosa. Cruises depart from Noosaville and Hastings Street, Noosa.