places of interest

Explore the Noosa River from the luxury of your own boat, kayak or stand up paddle board.

Cruise or paddle to the river mouth for a refreshing swim in crystal clear waters and enjoy a picnic lunch, BBQ or even take away fish & chips on an island. Throw out the anchor or pull up on a beach and try your luck with some fishing or just simply watch the day go by relaxing along the beautiful foreshores of the Noosa River. On a kayak or board you can paddle down through the lakes and canals of the Noosa River and see stingrays, solider crabs and local wildlife.

The canals offer still waters with breathtaking vistas of the hinterland to Mount Cooroy and some stunning homes. Cruise by Makepeace Island – Sir Richard Branson’s private getaway.

With such a large river system the options to explore for just a few hours or all day are only limited by your imagination.

Noosa Sound (canals)

Built in the 1970’s when Noosa was becoming more fashionable. Some home prices now exceed 10 million with new construction on the older sites.

The southern end offers a mix of housing and nature for those wanting to see more greenery.

Noosa River Mouth

This is where the Noosa River and the Ocean (Laguna Bay) meet. Being man made sand is constantly being shifted giving rise to many sandbanks.

A popular stop to anchor for extended periods for swimming, fishing or a picnic/BBQ due to its clear waters. An area onshore known as “dog beach” is an off leash area for dogs.

Be watchful for sandbanks as depths can change quickly.

Noosaville

The most popular street of Gympie Terrace runs parallel to the Noosa River. Offering large stretches of parkland with many riverside eateries and retail shopping it is frequented by locals and tourists alike.

It is our recommended location for food, retail shopping, rest stops, parks and playgrounds.

Pirate Park which is a great place to stop for little ones (next to the Noosa Yacht & Rowing Club) has a nice clear sandy shoreline easy to beach your boat in addition to BBQ’s and public toilets.

Jetties/wharves along Noosaville are privately owned so if you are considering a stop here look for some sandy shoreline to beach the boat away from any rocks.

Tewantin

Tewantin was originally a timber town from the 1800’s. It initially relied on fishing, gold and the timber industry.

Noosa Marina is also located in Tewantin on the water and contains a small number of eateries and retail shops.

Jetties/wharves are privately owned however beaching the boat can be done (located on your map) being only a few minutes’ walk to the Noosa Marina.

Lake Cooroibah

Located several kilometres north of Tewantin it was once a popular fishing spot for the indigenous Gubbi Gubbi people.

The Lake itself is littered with Port and Starboard markers to guide boats through its very shallow depths.

You are not permitted to enter this lake!

Weyba Creek

A much more secluded section of the Noosa River it is popular with nature enthusiasts, gliding through on kayaks or SUPs.

Plentiful in flora and fauna, stingrays and fish may be spotted. Grotto’s and small estuaries can be found throughout.

This area due to its shallow water is much less frequented by powered vessels and offers a great setting for those wanting to reconnect with nature.

You are not permitted to enter this lake in our boats. Accessible only with our kayaks and stand up paddle boards.

Lake Weyba

The lake can be reached by paddling via Weyba Creek.

The lake itself is very shallow and is a breeding ground for small fish. At almost 10 square kilometers it is the second largest lake on Noosa River.

Small clearings can be found to have a picnic however due to its lack of depth is not ideal for swimming.

Accessible only with our kayaks and stand up paddle boards.

Gubbi Gubbi Traditional Owners

It is widely accepted that the name Noosa comes from the local Aboriginal word (Noothera or Gnuthuru in the Kabi Kabi … (this is the English interpretation of the name Gubbi Gubbi) language) for shadow or shady place. An 1870 map of Noosa shows the Noosa River written as Nusa River.

The Traditional Owners offer inclusion, sharing of history of all people to take the values of sharing and custodianship forward. The Traditional Owners do not seek to ban or exclude anyone they simply seek the respect of visitors to their lands and welcome their participation.

These pristine sandy shores continue along from Boardwalk Boats towards Noosa Spit and the picturesque Noosa River mouth aligned with parkland, sheltered bathing beaches and heavy vegetation with abundant wildlife. Some 2.5 million tourists a year enjoy this special ambience taking pleasure in “the quiet life”, dining, walking, bathing, surfing and generally spoiling themselves.

The name Noosa came from the Aboriginal word meaning “shade” or “shadows”, probably a reference to the respite from the sun offered by the tall forests in the area. The Aboriginal Kabi tribe had been visiting Noosa for 40,000 years before Europeans first arrived in the 1800s.

  • Noosa – “Shadows” or “Shade”
  • Tewantin – “place of dead logs”
  • Cooroibah – “places of possums”
  • Weyba – “place of stingrays”

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