Great Places to SUP, Noosa, QLD Australia
Noosa is the perfect location to SUP (Stand Up Paddle Board)! With kilometres of pristine waters, river, canals, surf breaks and protected bays, Noosa provides the ideal SUP’ing experience for beginners to the advanced, flat water or surf.
For the flat water SUP’er, the Noosa River is one of the great places to SUP, combining crystal clear water, sand beaches & wildlife. Paddle around the quiet waters of the canals of Noosa Sound and it’s million dollar plus homes or explore the Noosa River from the mouth and Noosa Spit Dog Beach, great for dog SUP’ing, through Noosaville, past the Noosa Marina & Tewantin. Stop off at any of the waterfront restaurants & cafes along Gympie Terrace for a break in your paddling.
For an early morning SUP, paddle the glassy waters of Noosa Sound.
Start your paddle from Lions Park, plenty of parking for the early paddler and head off south west past the waterfront houses. An easy 30 minute paddle will bring you to Quamby Place & Munna Point. Continue under the bridge towards the Noosa River, then turn right and head north west back towards your starting point. Paddle in close to the waterfront homes or head toward Noosa Woods and it’s moored boats, past Sheraton Noosa, under the bridge and back to your starting point, in all about a 60 minute paddle. Tie your SUP on the car and head across to Hastings Street for a well earned breakfast!
For a paddle later in the day, pull into the little cove at Quamby Place, a small group of shops on the corner of Noosa Parade will help refresh for the paddle back.
For that sunset SUP, simply head to Gympie Terrace, Noosaville, pick a spot and paddle the Noosa River and watch the sunset over Mt Cooroy.
For the intermediate & advanced paddlers there is the world renowned First Point surf break, home of the Noosa Festival of Surfing, or the expanse of Noosa’s West beach to build your SUP surfing skills.
For SUP’ing with your dog, the Noosa Dog Beach, Claude Batten Drive, at the end of Hastings Street in Noosa Woods offers a protected beach inside the Noosa River mouth where dogs can play off leash with other dogs and their owners. A great place for SUP’ing with the fur family.
The Noosa River & lakes is an aquatic wonderland that extends from the sea into the Great Sandy National Park. The Noosa River joins Lake Cooroibah and into the fresh waters of Lake Cootharaba, then north into the Noosa Everglades section of the Great Sandy National Park. To the south Weyba Creek and Lake Weyba.
The the pristine waters of the Everglades includes a system of waterways that includes clear lakes to the tannin- stained waters of the upper Noosa River, often called the River of Mirrors for it’s startling reflections. Further inland, the waters of the Everglades are covered in a dense canopy of vegetation and mangroves, and the waters filled with fish, frogs and large populations of migratory waterbirds.
The Great Sandy National Parks sheltered calm waters, shifting patterns of mangroves, seagrass, sandbanks and mud islands, and its unusual ancient swamplands are exceptionally important, these are feeding grounds for migratory shorebirds and home to several rare and threatened species.
With year-round gorgeous weather, a laid-back vibe and beautiful natural surroundings, a wonderful school holiday location with the kids or a nice getaway without them, Noosa will soon become one of your Great Places to SUP.
Note: The Noosa River Bar can be a very dangerous location at the wrong tide and time and should not be crossed with your stand up paddle board unless you are an experienced paddler. If you want to head over to the surf breaks it is just as easy to walk it from inside the river mouth to the beach.