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Noosa Everglades Full Day Self Guided Tour - Canoe or Kayak

The Noosa Everglades system, rich with flora and fauna, has remained relatively untouched for centuries. The magnificent, sheltered, water ways allow for spectacular scenery and accessibility by kayak and canoe

The Noosa River is a 60klm long aquatic corridor extending from its primary source deep within the Great Sandy National Park down through a series of lakes interconnected by protected stretches of the river, until eventually reaching Australia’s east coast at Laguna Bay near Noosa Heads.

This tour focuses on the upper sections of the river and lakes system, which are rich in flora and fauna, and have remained relatively unchanged for centuries. The sheltered sections of the river within the national park are ideal for canoe and kayak paddling, for exploring the natural waterways and lakes, and for accessing some exciting and elusive picnic spots and walking trails.

This is a full day’s self-guided tour, which keeps the costs down but everything you need for a great day outdoors is supplied including canoe or kayak hire (your choice), mandatory safety gear, detailed and accurate maps, and careful instruction on the suggested route, places of interest, boat handing and paddling techniques, and safety guidelines.

Your safety, comfort and enjoyment are our top priorities and consequently most of our boats are made in North America or New Zealand. We use quality Canadian-style poly canoes with comfortable backrests and seating capacity for either 2 adults or 2 adults and 1 child in each. Our double and single kayaks are “sit-on” style with moulded seats, backrests and foot-controlled rudders for easy manoeuvring.

We encourage an early departure to make the most of your day in the Everglades, from as early as sunrise, returning about 4pm. Make your way initially to Boreen Point, about a 30 minute drive from Noosa Heads, where we will meet you and spend approx. 1 hour together moving to the departure point, guiding you in packing and loading, and in providing all the pre-departure briefings before launching you on your way!


  • Canoe or kayak hire, with paddles (2 people or 2 adults and 1 child per canoe)
  • A single kayak is provided in the event of an odd number of adults
  • PFDs (buoyancy vests)
  • Accurate maps
  • Detailed pre-departure briefings
  • Canoe instruction


  • Lake Cootharaba crossing
  • Kinaba Information Centre, and the elevated Mangrove walk
  • Upper Noosa River
  • Kin Kin Creek
  • Figtree Lake
  • Figtree Point - day visitor area and circular forest walk and walking trails
  • Lake Como
  • Harrys Hut - day visitor area and walking trails


  • Food, drink and snacks for the day
  • Hat, sunscreen and insect repellent
  • Light, comfortable sunsafe clothing
  • Spray/fleecy jacket
  • Swimming costume & towel
  • Footwear
  • Camera
  • Mobile phone (just in case)
  • Optionally, fishing gear
  • Minimum booking - 2 Adults for safety and logistical reasons

    • If you have a child under 12 years they are able to join you in the canoe for just $25
    • If you have a third person they will be provided with a single kayak
    • Please select if you would prefer to hire a canoe or kayak on the booking confirmation page
    • We reserve the right at any time to cancel or postpone tours in the event of poor weather or other unforeseen circumstances – you will be offered a refund if you can't reschedule

    Optional Water Taxi

    Option to save paddle time and take a water taxi part way, feel free to speak to the operator after booking or on the day if you would like this option. $60pp for 1-3 people people or $45 pp if there are 4 or more people

    Price: $55 Adult, Child $25 (11 years and under)

    Lake Escapades is located at Boreen Point, about a 30 minute drive from Noosa, pick up and drop off not provided but can be arranged at a cost of $20 per person, please select if you would like this option on your way through to the check out. It will be noted as $0 when selecting, as the $20 is payable direct to the operator on the day (for larger groups this will only be $15 per person)

    Prices below are per person, 2 people required to book for a canoe

    Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

    Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme


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    Isobel Branch from United Kingdom wrote on 17 December 2019

    Highlight of our trip

    Had a brilliant day kayaking through the Everglades! Robert was really helpful, and the whole day was very well organised. Would highly recommend.

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    Nick Bates from New Zealand wrote on 20 November 2019

    Enjoyable day trip

    Excellent day Physically tiring by end of the day but well worth the effort. The Everglades peaceful and the only sound is cacophony if birds, it’s rather special. Overall, really enjoyable and Rob very good fella running the show.

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    jakem4 from United Kingdom wrote on 13 November 2019

    Great way to see Noosa Everglades

    Robert who runs the self-guided Everglades tours was very helpful from start to finish. Informed us of unsafe weather conditions on our booked day and liaised efficiently to find a suitable day. Very informative on the day in terms of directions and information about the Everglades, and instructed us very well on how to kayak and complete our trip safely. The equipment is good quality and good condition, even had drybags to borrow, as well as life jackets if desired. The Everglades themselves were absolutely stunning, would totally recommend having a look while in Noosa and would suggest self-guided is the way to do it.

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    Emma Snashfold from United Kingdom wrote on 18 September 2019

    Great day!

    Such a good self guided kayaking tour. Rob is everything that you want from a kayaking guide! Gave us more than enough information to ensure we were safe and didn't get lost, but he's chilled out and funny! Took some awesome pics or us setting off too and sent these to us afterwards. Only four of us so less than the other tours (and for a fraction of the price too!) Highly recommend going with Rob, you won't regret it!

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    amym15 from United Kingdom wrote on 29 July 2019

    Great fun kayaking!

    We had a lovely day kayaking and Rob made sure we had everything we needed and was a great help, he also took some really nice pictures of us.

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    From Noosa Everglades Full Day Self Guided Tour - Canoe or Kayak

    It's my pleasure Amy to meet you and Joseph and to host your exploration into the Noosa Everglades. Yeah, its not always easy to get a photo of yourselves in the kayak, so I just thought it might help if I snap a couple and send to you .. just for your good memories! Cheers


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