Sunshine Coast gems: Noosa Everglades, Mt Cooroora and Pomona
The Noosa Everglades, one of only two everglades systems on Earth, is a world of water, wilderness and wonder in the upper reaches of the Noosa River. Known as the River of Mirrors because of the amazing reflections in the water, the Noosa Everglades is a 60km stretch of pristine waters, magnificent flora and fauna and narrow waterways.
Experience breathtaking beauty and tranquillity as you explore the Noosa Everglades with guided and self-guided kayak tours, on a guided boat tour, in your own boat or on foot.
WHY WE LOVE IT
This unique environment is relatively untouched and is one of Australia’s most diverse ecosystems.
It’s a photographer’s dream, a bird watcher’s paradise and a nature lover’s dream escape.
Although it’s one of Noosa’s hidden spots, it’s easy to get to, can take as little as half a day to explore (or stay longer) and is only about 40 minutes from Noosa Heads.
Kayak tours leave from Boreen Point (about 25 minutes drive from Noosa Heads); and boat tours leave from Elanda Point. If on your own boat, head into the upper reaches of the Noosa River and through the lakes system.
THINGS TO DO
Go sailing, kite surfing or paddling – hire a canoe or kayak.
65% of the Noosa Everglades’ catchment is in National Park. More than 40% of Australia’s bird species are found here.
It’s the only everglades system in the world where you can safely swim (the other one has alligators!) It stretches across 2 UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, the Noosa and Great Sandy.
Mt Cooroora looks over the hinterland town of Pomona, soaring to an impressive 439m. The hike to the summit is challenging, but rewards climbers with a sweeping 360-degree view, including the coastal lakes and dunes of the Cooloola Recreation Area.
Other walking trails will suit various fitness levels, including shared trails at the base of the mountain for walkers, horse riders and mountain bike riders.
Be prepared, especially in hot weather, with a hat, water and sunscreen, and allow adequate time to complete the walk. Suitable sturdy footwear is recommended because the track has a loose surface and is often slippery. Mt Cooroora is home to the annual Pomona King of the Mountain Race to the summit and back.
If you’re visiting on Saturday, call in at the Pomona Country Markets (7am– 11.30am), in the heart of town. There are more than 65 stalls offering plants, seedlings and fruit trees, organic dried fruit and nuts, chemical-free fruit and vegetables, coffee and yummy cakes including gluten-free foods. Plus collectibles, vintage and handcrafted items. Paths are wheelchair-friendly. Free parking.
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