We stayed for two nights in late March for the first time and everything about this place went beyond our expectations , especially the staff on greeting and throughout were always willing to offer assistance and go out of their way to help, the place is immaculate and very well managed by the onsite manager . This is all on top of the beautiful rooms , location and facilities , I highly recommend . - Amy
A Tingirana Holiday Experience
Adventures along Noosa River
A major jewel in the Noosa crown is the Everglades, a pristine and unique 60km river system that is lauded as one of only two such habitats in the world. Here, there are no sounds but the lapping of water, bird calls and the trees rustling. It is a nature lovers paradise (44% of Australia’s birdlife can be found here), a place to truly connect with nature and, if you’ve brought your camera, take some awe-inspiring landscape shots. With its tea-tree stained river and narrow channels protected by dense heath from coastal winds, the waterways here take on a breath-taking mirror like appearance.
Located within the Great Sandy National Park just to the north of Tingirana, The Noosa Everglades is traditionally a little tricky to get to, which, to be honest, is part of the appeal and its saving grace: human impact is limited. There are three options available for our guests wanting to explore this incredibly special environment.
- By boat.
The Noosa Everglades Ecosafaris offer a number of options for the entire family to explore the Everglades, with its aptly named Serenity Cruise a beautifully relaxing way to experience this incredible area. With over twenty years’ experience and only a small amount of passengers per cruise, you won’t be overwhelmed by tourist numbers but can sit back and enjoy. Light refreshments (including sparkling wine) are included on this short cruise, while the longer Everglades Eco Safari includes stops at Fig Tree Point and Harry’s Hut, as well as light refreshments and lunch at CootharaBAR, a great, family friendly restaurant and brewery on the shores of Lake Cootharaba.
All cruises and experiences departing from Habitat Noosa on Lake Cootharaba with a shuttle bus included from Noosa (25 minute drive).
- By kayak.
hyhh also have a kayaking option with their ‘Cruise and Canoe’ tour. This follows the same format as their Eco Safari, but with the option to hop in a canoe and really experience this natural paradise at its most serene.
If you’re after an option that is more bespoke, try Kanu Kapers. Offering guided and self- guided kayak tours for ages 4+ from Elanda Point (transfers from Noosa available) these are completely muscle powered. The range of tours is wide, with all guided tours including equipment, brunch or lunch and a well-versed guide.
- Drive in.
With a 4WD vehicle, it is a beautiful drive through low-lying country to the Great Sandy National Park and Harry’s Hut, a historical campground and day use area up in the middle of the Everglades. This is the only part of the river accessed by car, and unless you have water craft with you, will afford at the very least a swim in the soothing waters and a peaceful meander in the beautiful bush. In the cooler months, you can also walk part of Cooloola Great Walk from here.
Whichever way you decide, the Noosa Everglades is yet another must do family, photographer and nature enthusiast friendly experience in Noosa