Whether this is your first time kayaking or you are a seasoned pro, the Queensland coastline must be included on your next paddle adventure. Offering kayakers a stunning stretch of coastline, a myriad of rivers, countless beaches, coves and islands to explore, the Sunshine State is a kayaker’s dream.
Before you strap your kayak to the car, start packing your paddles, you need to choose the right destination for your adventure. With such a diverse range of locations to choose from catering to all skill and experience levels, you will be spoilt for choice. Whether you want to explore the State’s captivating inland rivers or you would prefer to head to the coast, you won’t be disappointed by what Queensland has to offer.
Let’s take a look at six of the most breathtaking Queensland kayaking destinations that are guaranteed to impress.
If paddling around a laid back tropical paradise is your idea of a good time, then Fitzroy Island off the coast of Cairns is the perfect place for you. Explore the island’s coastline by sea kayak, stop to snorkel on the reef and watch as sea turtles swim by your kayak. This is a must-do for any kayaker visiting the area.
Located just a twenty-minute drive outside the town of Noosa, the Noosa Everglades are part of the beautiful sixty-kilometre long Noosa River System. The area is home to one of only two everglade systems in the world and is contained within the Noosa Biosphere Reserve, allowing paddlers an opportunity to explore this area of incredible untouched natural beauty.
Moreton Island is situated forty kilometres from Brisbane. Although the island is amazing in its own right, for kayakers, the main attraction here is the Tangalooma Wrecks. Fifteen ships were deliberately sunk here in 1963 to serve as a breakwater. Nowadays, it has grown into a reef, teeming with life. Kayakers have an opportunity to see dolphins, stingrays, moray eels and countless species of tropical fish such as Lionfish, Yellowtails and Kingfish.
Flowing from its source at Mt Bartle Frere, Babinda Creek is a constantly flowing stream located fifty-five kilometres south of Cairns. Kayakers are drawn to the crystal clear waters here which allow an opportunity to see a wide array of fish, turtles and, if you are lucky, you might even spot a platypus! This unique part of Australia offers paddlers the chance to get out on the water and enjoy wonderful views of the surrounding landscape.
Gather up your mates and make your way to the shores of Lake Cootharaba for a great day of kayaking fun. The lake has a diameter of about twenty-five kilometres, offering paddlers countless options. Whether you want to take a short paddle along a section of the shoreline or you fancy circumnavigating the lake, there is plenty to keep you occupied at Lake Cootharaba. As the largest saltwater lake in the region, this is an excellent choice for those calm, light-wind days.
Beginning in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, the Mary River meanders through some wonderful location before finally meeting the ocean near Fraser Island. South of Kenilworth, the river passes through a landscape of rolling green hills and woodlands, offering paddlers a fantastic backdrop to enjoy. Be sure to check that water levels are sufficient before heading out as the river can drop if there hasn’t been a lot of rain.
Find Your Queensland Kayaking Paradise
While the locations listed above are certainly worth checking out, they are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what Queensland has to offer kayakers. Load up the car, pick up your mates and head out in search of your own slice of kayaking paradise in Queensland. With such an incredibly diverse landscape to explore, you can be sure that you will find a location that you will fall in love with.
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