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Noosa Everglades Full Day Self Guided Tour - Canoe or Kayak

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

    Available Bookings from February 01 to February 07

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    All prices are shown in AUD ($)

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    6spaces priced from:

    • Adult$55.00
    • Child$25.00

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


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    Natalia Lucas from Australia wrote on 11 January 2019

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    We canoed the Escapades yesterday and it was amazing! Robert (the operator) is such a nice, welcoming and genuine person who gives you detailed instructions and maps. He made us feel so confident on where to go before we left. The beautiful views and lovely places to stop makes the sore arms worth it! Would recommend this trip to everyone!

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    Danielle from Australia wrote on 08 October 2018

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    Canoe Hire, Full day , 5 people.

    Robert was incredibly thorough and knowledgeable of the local area but also of safety and procedure. He didn't rush through any steps. He was also funny. He took time to spend with my teenagers to ensure we were all on the same page, he provided a map, GPS tracker, life jackets and oars. Roberts communication from time of booking until we paddled out was 10/10. The next day Robert sent us a GPS map of our trip and checked in via text. The only thing we thought at the end was a double ended oar may have been a better option as opposed to single oars but other than that I couldnt fault this experience. Thank you again Robert, memories our family wont forget. Dani + tribe.

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    Anika Ensinger from Australia wrote on 08 September 2018

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    Amazing Experience

    Could not recommend this self guided tour more. Rob was so lovely and informative. I felt more than confident canoeing across the lake and through the Everglades with Rob’s briefing and and absolutely friendly and chilled out vibe. Canoe was in great condition and well maintained. The tour was such great value for full day canoe hire, maps and brief on where to go, and stunning scenery of the one of two Everglades in the world.

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    Amelia French from United Kingdom wrote on 22 May 2018

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    Brilliant day out

    Robert was fantastic from the start, providing lots of helpful information prior to the day. His directions, suggestions and map were easy to understand and made the day go without a hitch. The route is diverse and beautiful and a brilliant day out. Robert also sent us a copy of our gps tracking which Is a pretty cool souvenir.

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

    Hi Amelia and Sam - many thanks for your positive and timely review, I really appreciate your time to share your feedback here. Cheers and thanks again, Rob

    Sally from Australia wrote on 22 March 2018

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    An amazing day out

    Rob was absolutely fantastic and gave us clear directions on how to traverse the somewhat complex route, so we had no trouble reaching the everglades. It was a hot day (35 C in February) and while we did get sunburnt, having a chance to see such an amazing natural wonder was well and truly worth it. Don't forget to bring sunscreen and insect repellent.

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

    Hi Sally ... and it's really nice to hear from you and to see Shane in your photo. He looks very relaxed and to be enjoying himself - but where's his hat! Yes, it was a hot day for you when you did this trip, and from memory I think you also had good conditions on the water though I can't remember if you guys went for a swim or not, but many people do while on these Everglades paddling trips. Take care Sally - cheers!

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