Noosa Everglades Tours
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Known as the “River of Mirrors,” the Noosa Everglades is one of Queensland’s most stunning natural landscapes and one of only two everglades systems on Earth. This stretch of wetlands, mangrove forests, and lakes is part of Cooloola National Park and harbors a rich diversity of flora and birdlife.
The everglades’ aquatic landscape is best explored by boat. Cruise up the Noosa River on a guided river cruise or canoe excursion to see wildlife and vegetation up close, learn about the area’s unique ecology, and swim in the reflective waters. A typical Noosa Everglades tour includes a boat cruise along the river, wildlife watching around Lake Cooroibah and Lake Cootharaba, and a barbeque lunch or afternoon tea at one of the area’s scenic campgrounds.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Noosa Everglades are a must-see for nature and wildlife lovers.
- Strict conservation rules protect this area and all tours are eco-certified.
- Sections of the river system are unshaded, so remember to bring a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
- There are limited visitor facilities within the everglades, but lunch and refreshments are served at the Harry’s Hut and Fig Tree Creek campgrounds.
How to Get There
The Noosa Everglades lie along Australia’s western Sunshine Coast, stretching north from Noosa Heads. The everglades are reachable only by boat or canoe, and tours typically set out from the Noosa Everglades Discovery Centre in Noosaville, which is roughly two hours by road from Brisbane.
When to Get There
Summer (December through January) is the most popular time to visit, although boat cruises are possible year-round as temperatures rarely dip below 68°F (20°C). In summer, opt for an early morning or late afternoon tour to avoid the hottest part of the day.
Wildlife in the Noosa Everglades
The diversity of trees, plants, and wildlife is one of the main attractions of the Noosa Everglades, with big twisting grasses, large swamp banksias, dense reeds, and hundreds of different flower species. As you cruise around the wetlands you can admire tea trees, melaleucas, and water lilies, while keeping a lookout for pelicans, ducks, cormorants, and eagles. You might even spot a rare jabiru swooping overhead, snakes or lizards lazing on the riverbanks, or the odd kangaroo hopping along the shore.
Address: Noosa, Australia
4 Tours and Activities to Experience Noosa Everglades
Take an unforgettable wilderness cruise in one of Australia’s most pristine regions, the Noosa Everglades. Your full-day adventure begins with a cruise across Lake Cootharaba to the start of the Noosa Everglades. Take a guided boardwalk at Fig Tree Point, before moving further into the Everglades and stopping at historic Harry’s Hut – a relic of the early timber cutting days. Explore, take a swim in pristine waters, photograph the abundant wildlife or simply relax in this unique natural environment. Enjoy lunch while taking in the stunning views of Lake Cootharaba and maybe even spot a few kangaroos.
Enjoy an afternoon cruise in the Noosa Everglades for another perspective on the Sunshine Coast. See Australian wildlife as you glide across Lake Cooroibah and Lake Cootharaba to reach the Noosa River, situated within Great Sandy National Park's Cooloola Recreation Area. Learn from informative commentary supplied by your captain as you sit back and relax in this unique natural environment. After your Noosa Everglades cruise, you'll enjoy an anipasto platter while overlooking Lake Cootharaba.
Set sail for a scenic cruise around the Noosa Everglades on this full-day tour, including hotel pick-up from Noosa Heads or Noosaville. Zip down the Noosa River on a motorboat, then spot some of Australia’s most vibrant birds as you drift around the Cooroibah and Cootharaba lakes. Hop on a canoe and paddle your way along the River of Mirrors in the Great Sandy National Park. After tuck, into a roast lunch with stunning views of Lake Cootharaba.
Discover the sights and delights of Noosa, one of the many jewels in the Sunshine Coast crown during this full-day guided tour. After being collected from your accommodation, you will drive north to the famous Hastings Street where you will enjoy 45-minutes of free time to explore the shops, grab a coffee or walk along the white sands of Noosa Main Beach. Next, take a ride on the ferry up the Noosa River to Noosa Marina in Tewantin where you will be treated to an elegant two-course lunch overlooking the Noosa River, paired with a glass of wine or beer. To end the day, experience the amazing Noosa Everglades on a 3-hour Serenity Cruise. Noosa is one of the many jewels in the Sunshine Coast crown, and with stunning beaches, nature at every turn, and one of the most famous shopping streets in the region (Hastings Street). If you’re a lover of gastronomy, there are several top-quality restaurants in Noosa too, making it a foodie’s delight!
Taking safety measures
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Frequently Asked Questions
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