Noosa River, Elanda Point to Harry's Hut

Noosa River, Elanda Point to HarryÕs Hut

 

 

The paddle

 

The suggested paddle is from Elanda Point across Lake Cootharaba, about four kilometres, to Kinaba Island. There is a Ranger Station at this point, with an information centre, toilets, etc. The trip continues up the inside of Kinaba Island, turning right at the intersection with Kin Kin Creek and across Fig Tree Lake to Fig Tree Jetty. Turning left at the jetty the Upper Noosa River is entered and keeping to the right, following the signposts on the banks, continue on through the beautiful Noosa Everglades to HarryÕs Hut. At HarryÕs Hut there are information centres, toilets and a low landing stage. Lunch at HarryÕs Hut (BYO) and then return along the same route.

 

Distance/Time to allow

 

A total of about 16 to 18 kilometres return.

 

How to get there

 

Elanda Point is situated just north of Noosa on the shores of Lake Cootharaba. Take the Bruce Highway from Brisbane and continue past the Noosa intersections. Past Cooroy take the second turn-off to Pomona, a right hand turn across the Bruce Highway. Continue across the railway line, turn left, go through Pomona and take the Boreen Point road. About halfway to Boreen Point there is a turning to the left marked Elanda Point. This unsealed road leads directly to the camp site at Elanda Point. The camp site is reasonably priced with all facilities available, and no bookings are required. It is a National Park and kangaroos and other wild life abound there.

 

What to expect Ð water conditions, etc.

Good stable craft are required for the trip, sea kayaks, surf skis, or any craft which can handle the sometimes windy and choppy conditions on Lake Cootharaba. On a calm day TK1Õs or TK2Õs would be suitable, but wear skirts just in case it roughs up on the return journey. The Lake is landlocked, very shallow, normally with warm water temperatures. The Upper Noosa River is normally flat calm and beautiful reflections are created in the tea-coloured water.

 

Camping facilities, accommodation, etc.

The camp site has several amenities blocks, with the main block containing the administration, a small shop, toilets, hot showers, games room, information, etc. Barbeques are all wood-fired and may not be available during dry conditions. The camp site is operated by the Elanda Point Canoe Company which has for hire an extensive range of hire craft, including double Canadian Canoes, single Sea Kayaks, Junior Kayaks, Wave Skis, Sail Cats, Windsurfers, and three and six person motor boats. Enquiries can be made by phone 07 5485 3165, fax 07 5485 3634, e-mail elanda@tpg.com.au or on the web at www.elanda.com.au

 

Other attractions in the area

 

Fishing, Sailing, bushwalking, and enjoying nature.

 

Other useful information

 

A Visitor Information brochure is available from the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service for the Cooloola Section, Great Sandy National Park.

 

Further information on this area can be located through this website:

 

www.sunshinecoast.org

 

Suncoast Seniors Recreational Kayak Club and the Sunshine Coast Canoe Club both  regularly paddle in this area if you are local joining the club is a good way to find out about other secret canoe trips and to enjoy the company of like minded paddlers.