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Woolloongabba, QLD, 4102
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Upper Noosa River



UPPER NOOSA RIVER PADDLE GUIDE



 DESCRIPTION

 The Noosa River is situated approximently 2 hours north of Queensland's capital, Brisbane. The river system covers an area of 855 square kilometres and consists of a series of fresh and salt water lakes and the river. The upper Noosa river is part of Cooloola Recreation Area in the Great Sandy National Park. The flat, slow moving waters of the river are stained brown from the tea trees which are common throughout the region. The lakes are shallow, but wide. The european history of the area began in 1864, when logging in the area began. Initially the logs were transported upstream to Marybourgh where they were milled until 1870 when a mill was built at Lake Cootharaba (which name devires from the local aboriginal word for: where wood for notched or studded clubs could be found). Logging was finally banned from the area in the 1960s and the area is now prodominately used for recreation.


TYPE OF PADDLING

Suitable for all types of craft and paddlers. Boreen Point to Campsite 3 have more facilities and are geared towards families and less experienced paddlers. Campsite 3 to Campsite 15, due to the remote distance and more basic facilities are geared more towards more experienced paddlers and campers. Estuary/Touring Kayaks and Canoes are ideal craft. Fishing permitted (check restrictions before going). No motorised craft permitted past Campsite 3.

Activities:

- Camping/Touring

Canoeing/Kayaking

- Bird Watching

- Hiking

- Fishing

- Best of all, just relaxing


ACCESS

There are 3 main launching points for Cooloola, Boreen Point, Elanda Point, and Harry's Hut. Located between 2 and 3 hours drive from Brisbane, all make great launching points to the Everglades. Boreen and Elanda can be accessed by both 2WD and 4WD (though Elanda does involve unsealed roads), whilst Harry's Hut is best accessed by 4WD (especially if wet). DERM produces condition reports approx. every fortnight which gives a breakdown on the condition of access as well as any closures/maintence currently in affect.

PHOTO: Above: Road into Harry's Hut.

All three launching point are accessed through Pomona.

Directions: Brisbane - Pomona

Take the Bruce Highway North to the Pomona turnoff, Pioneer Road (approx. 103km from Gateway Merge).

Turn right onto Pomona Connection Road which turns into Reserve Street.

Cross over the railway line and turn left onto Factory Street, which turns into Pound Road.

Directions: Pomona - Boreen Point

Continue down Pound Road and turn right onto Louis Bazzo Drive.

Follow Louis Bazzo Drive (approx. 17 km) before turning right into Laguna Street.

Turn Right into Hector Street, which becomes Boreen Parade. Welcome to Boreen Point.

Directions: Pomona - Elanda Point

Continue down Pound Road and turn right onto Louis Bazzo Drive.

Follow Louis Bazzo Drive (approx. 17 km) then turn left onto Lake Flat Road (unsealed road).

Follow Lake Flat Road to Elanda Point. Welcome to Elanda Point.

Directions: Pomona - Harry's Hut

Continue down Pound Road which turns into Pomona Kin Kin Road (for approx 14km).

Follow Pomona Kin Kin Road to the right at the Kin Kin turn off.

Continue following Pomona Kin Kin Road onto the unsealed road and turn right onto Cooloola Way (approx 1.5km from sealed road and 4WD recommended). You will see a painted sign marker 'Harry's Hut' nailed to a tree at the turn off.

Follow Cooloola Way until turn off to Harry's Hut Road (approx 2.5km from turn off and is signed by National Park sign).

Follow Harry's Hut Road (approx 7km) until you reach Harry's Hut. Welcome to Harry's Hut.


MAP

 Great Sandy Nationla Park - Cooloola Recreation Area, DERM Map

Close Up: Harry's Hut to Campsite 15

Close Up: Elanda Point to Harry's Hut

Close Up: Satellite View of Harry's Hut to Campsite 15. Google Maps.

 


DISTANCES

Destinations: From - To
Distance KM
Approx. Paddle Time (5km/hr)
Boreen Point - Elanda Point 3.5 45 Minutes
Elanda Point - Fig Tree Point 6.5 1 Hour 20 Minutes
Fig Tree Point - Harry's Hut 5 1 Hour
Harry's Hut - Campsite 1 3.5 45 Minutes
Campsite 1 - Campsite 2 1.7 20 Minutes
Campsite 2 - Campsite 3 2.5 30 Minutes
Campsite 3 - Campsite 4 1 15 Minutes
Campsite 4 - Campsite 5 1 15 Minutes
Campsite 5 - Campsite 8 5 1 Hour
Campsite 8 - Campsite 9 1 15 Minutes
Campsite 9 - Campsite 13 2 25 Minutes
Campsite 13 - Campsite 15 3 35 Minutes
Total
35.7 KM 7 Hours 40 Minutes
Hiking: From - To Distance KM Approx. Walking Time (3km/hr)
Harry's Hut - Campsite 3: One-way 6 2 Hours
Campsite 3 - Sandpatch: Return 12 4 Hours

 


HAZARDS*

Lake Cootharaba is shallow throughout, often only waist deep, so it doesn't take much of a wind to whip up choppy conditions.

Due to the tannins in the river, submerged objects, particularly trees and logs, can be difficult to see, take care especially near banks when paddling and always check the water before swimming/diving in.

Noosa River is quite deep and can have steep banks and drop-offs. Take care and always test depth before dismounting your craft/swimming.

Beware of animals within the environment, take care with the storage of food and be aware Bull Sharks have been located in the upper reaches of the river, so take care if swimming.

The Upper Noosa River is remote, often with very limited access and no mobile reception. Please take appropriate safety precautions and gear to protect yourself.

*The hazards listed as a guide only and we recommend you have the appropriate skills, knowledge, and gear to keep yourself safe. Remember to always leave a detailed trip plan with someone at home and always check weather reports and tidal and current conditions. 


CAMPING

Boreen Point:

Facilities: Private Camping

Access: Lake Cootharaba - Beach; Car - Sealed Roads.

Good for: Families, All Group Sizes, Individuals.

 

Elanda Point:

Facilities: Car Park; Private Camping.

Access: Lake Cootharaba - Beach; Car - Sealed/Unsealed Road - 2WD Dry Weather/4WD Wet Weather;

Good for: Families, All Group Sizes, Individuals.

 

Fig Tree Point:

Facilities: Camping, Toilets, Picnic Tables, Untreated Water.

Access: Hiking; River - Jetty.

Good for: Families, All Group Sizes, Individuals.

 

Harry's Hut:

Facilities: Camping, Toilets, Disable Access, Picnic Tables, No Fires, Canoe Racks, Untreated Water.

Access: Hiking; River - Jetty and Logged Steps; Car - 4WD recommended.

Good for: Families, All Groups Sizes, Individuals, Day Trippers.

 

Campsite 1:

Facilities: Camping, Toilets, No Fires, Untreated Water.

Access: Hiking; River - Jetty.

Good for: Families, Small Groups.

 

Campsite 2:

Facilities: Camping, Toilets, No Fires, Untreated Water.

Access: Hiking; River - Jetty.

Good for: Families, Small Groups.

 

Campsite 3:

Facilities: Camping, Toilets, No Fires, Untreated Water, Picnic Tables.

Access: Hiking; River - Jetty.

Good for: Families, Small Groups, Big Groups.

 

Campsite 4:

Facilities: Camping, No Toilets, No Fires.

Access: River - Beach. Non-motorised powered craft.

Good for: Individuals, Small Groups.

 

Campsite 5:

Facilities: Camping, No Toilets, No Fires.

Access: River - Bank. Non-motorised powered craft.

Good for: Individuals, Small Groups, Medium Groups.

 

Campsite 8:

Facilities: Camping, No Toilets, No Fires.

Access: River - Bank. Non-motorised powered craft.

Good for: Individuals, Small Groups.

*Path from River to Campsite can become boggy. As Campsite 9 is just around the corner, if available, recommend to stay at 9 instead.

 

Campsite 9:

Facilities: Camping, No Toilets, No Fires.

Access: River - Beach. Non-motorised powered craft.

Good for: Individuals, Small Groups, Medium Groups.

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Campsite 13:

Facilities: Camping, No Toilets, No Fires.

Access: River - Beach. Non-motorised powered craft.

Good for: Individuals, Small Groups.

 

Campsite 15:

Facilities: Camping, No Toilets, No Fires.

Access: River - Beach. Non-motorised powered craft.

Good for: Individuals, Small Groups.



 

 

 

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