Kayaking the Sunshine Coast, Queensland

Is it the motion of the ocean? Or is it feeling like a king as you glide through the rich vegetation that forms a guard of honour? Whatever it may be (as long as you are not up shit creek without a paddle) kayaking feeds the soul with adventure and is the ultimate way to explore and connect with the amazing coastlines, lakes and rivers that make up more than half of the world.

Based on our experiences we have put together a Sunshine Coast Kayak Bucket List.  Please note that the experience levels are a guide only and your personal fitness levels should be considered first. Happy paddling! 

Maroochydore River Trail – George Best Park to Coulson Wharf Park

The Paddle –  This 3.5 kilometre (one way) section of the Maroochy River Trail is the perfect paddle for wildlife lovers. Water dragons line the banks while ducks frolick madly and the occasional bright blue dragonfly will hitch a ride.

Launch Point – George Best Park, Ninderry Road, Yandina

Experience Level – Beginner

MAROOCHYDORE RIVER TRAIL, GEORGE BEST PARK

Lake Cootharaba

The Paddle – Being approximately 25 kilometre in diameter, Lake Cootharaba is the largest salt-water lake in the region therefore can provide endless hours of paddling fun. Hop tip: the lake is best suited for days with no/light winds!

Launch Point – Boreen Point, Noosa North Shore

Experience Level – Beginner/Intermediate

LAKE COOTHARABA, TEERWAH LANDING JETTY

Old Woman Island

The Paddle – Sunny Coaster’s stop torturing yourselves by staring endlessly at the rocky islet and crystal clear waters from the shoreline and load the kayak with snorkelling gear for what will be and epic ocean kayaking adventure. The one kilometre paddle over to the island can often be treacherous so pick a day with light winds and gentle swell.

Launch Point – Mudjimba Main Beach, Mudjimba

Experience Level – Intermediate

GEARING UP FOR A SNORKEL AT OLD WOMAN ISLAND

Ewen Maddock Dam

The Paddle – With sneaky views of the Glass House Mountains and the Maleny ranges creating a backdrop to the west PLUS being surrounded by state forest the dam sure is a picturesque paddle, especially on sunset!

Launch Point – Maddock Park, Connection Road, Mooloolah Valley

Experience Level – Beginner

SUNSET ON EWEN MADDOCK DAM

Currimundi Lake

The Paddle – The beautiful waters of Currimundi Lake provide a haven for bream, whiting and flat head so make sure you throw in a fishing line for this paddle!

Launch Point – Currimundi Beach, Westaway Parade or Hargreaves Street, Currimundi

Experience Level – Beginner

FLAT HEAD CAUGHT IN CURRIMUNDI LAKE

Mary River

The Paddle – Straight after decent rainfall is the best time to explore the Mary River by kayak. The river starts high in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland then passes through Kenilworth, Gympie, Maryborough before flowing out into the Great Sandy Strait. There are sections with fun little rapids so make sure you take an adventure buddy who can pull the kayak back upstream 😉

Launch Point – Being one of the largest river systems in SEQ, there are a lot of launch points to choose from. We would recommend making a weekend of it by staying at the Kenilworth Bluff campground where the river access if only metres from the tent!

Experience Level – Beginner

KAYKING ON DUSK ALONG THE MARY RIVER

Pumicestone Passage

The Paddle – Winding for 35 kilometres from Caloundra through to Deception Bay, it is a ‘chose your own adventure’ type of paddle. Glide across the passage to discover secluded beaches on Bribie Island, power upstream for superb views of the Glass House Mountains or just relax and enjoy the wildlife and natural beauty. Hot tip: timing your kayaking adventure with the tides will make paddling easier.

Launch Point – Golden Beach Esplanade, Caloundra

Experience Level – Beginner/Intermediate

KAYAKING ALONG PUMICESTONE MASSAGE

 

 

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