Since the first time we laid eyes on pictures of the Noosa Everglades we have been hooked. But somehow life always got in the way and it was placed on the back burner. That was until good friends of ours moved to the region!
We decided to rent a dingy at Boreen Point and set off across Lake Cootharaba towards the Noosa River. We chose what seemed to be a calm day, packed the picnic lunches, the sunscreen, cameras and could hardly contain our excitement while listening to a boat safety lesson. We were ready to explore!
Oh boy were we wrong about it being completely wind still! The water was choppy and the lake felt as big as the ocean itself. We were drenched by the time we reached the calmer waters of the Everglades. It was FUN and in the warm rays of the sun drying out was no problem. Although I would advise that if you follow our example to ensure you take a watertight container and towels with you.
The Noosa Everglades form the northern end of the 60km long Noosa River system and includes a section which crosses Fig Tree Lake and Lake Como. Once you reach the river you are protected from the wind by the surrounding forest. We maintained a leisurely pace cruising across the magnificent lakes and waterways drinking in the beauty, solitude and silence. It felt worlds away from civilization.
Every now and then we would drop anchor to try our luck at fishing or to attempt yet again to capture the beauty of the tall trees being reflected in the tranquil waters. We weren’t successful at all at fishing. The only fishes we managed to catch were catfish … time and time again.
For lunch we pulled up to Harry’s Hut where we met a group of female kayakers doing their final preparations for what was to be a three day rowing trip down river. Harry’s Hut is an old logger’s cabin with under cover picnic facilities and toilets. It is a very popular spot with campers.
Don’t put this off, get out there and enjoy the beauty of this unspoilt piece of paradise.