Cruise 'n' Canoe to Australia's Everglades

Cruise 'n' Canoe to Australia's Everglades

6 hours Sunshine Coast, Australia

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Your adventure begins with a river cruise from Habitat Noosa crossing beautiful Lake Cootharaba to the start of the Noosa Everglades. Then paddle your canoe through ancient landscapes, mirrored waterways & sub-tropical rainforest. Enjoy a delicious morning tea and go for a swim in the pristine waters before boarding the vessel for a cruise along the river of mirrors. Your tour ends with a roast lunch at Habitat Noosa with your tour group.

Your Cruise & Canoe safari begins with a cruise across stunning Lake Cootharaba where we enter the Australia's only Everglades.

Stopping at Fig Tree point you board your Canadian style canoe for a leisurely paddle upstream through ancient landscapes, mirrored waterways know as "The River of Mirrors", witness sub-tropical rainforest millions of years old and abundant wildlife that inhabits the region. Morning tea is served at the iconic Harry’s Hut. Here you can swim in the tea tree infused waters or explore the rich history of the region.

After morning tea you reboard the vessel and continue to experience the magnificent wonders of the Everglades, recognised as one of the most spectacular waterways in Australia. The Noosa Everglades is home to over 44% of Australia's bird species, which is more than Kakadu National Park in an area only a fraction in size..

Upon returning to Habitat Noosa you will be served a delicious BBQ lunch, boasting views of the Lake and surrounding bushland of the EcoCamp.

Stop At:

• Everglades, 204 Lake Flat Road, Noosa, Queensland 4565 Australia
• Habitat Noosa, 204 Lake Flat Rd, Boreen Point QLD 4565, Australia


  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • All equipment including canoes and dry bags
  • Roast Lunch
  • Noosa pickup and drop-off


  • Drinks (available to purchase)

Departure Point

Sunshine Coast QLD, Australia

Traveler pickup is offered
We provide pickup locations from the Noosa Area. Pickup time is confirmed 24 hours prior to travel.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please bring swimwear, towel, sunglasses, hat and sunscreen
  • No previous experience is necessary
  • Minimum age is 7 years
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 36 travelers


166 Reviews

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papillon2020 November 2021

This is a beautiful river ecosystem just 100km north of Brisbane. The boat allows very good viewing as well as a front area lovely for photography. Very serene with a couple of stops along the way. First one allows anyone who wants to canoe to the next stop (5km away) to get a canoe. Everyone meets up at the next spot for morning tea and a visit to historic Harry’s Hut. The morning tea was substantial and very nice. The fellow who drove the boat was extremely knowledgeable and filled the time with history and anecdotal stories. On return, lunch was served (choice of steak, fish, or vegetarian). This was the lowlight of the trip. I’ve usually found that tours which include lunch or dinner fall down in that area and this was no different. My friend who had fish said it was tasteless. My steak was virtually raw and very chewy. Nice salads though. It’s the site of a micro brewery so there are some good beers. Worth it for the river cruise but if you think they’ll be lots of birds (which the brochure alludes to) you will be disappointed. Because of the PH balance of the water (due to the tannan from the tea trees), birds do not inhabit the area. Only saw 2 coromonts on one tree. Just a little info to keep you from expecting something different.

traceytP4247EG November 2021

The scenery was amazing. I am a keen photographer, the photo pportunities were endless. The natural beauty of the Everglades is a must see.

Kathryn_Ri November 2021

The Everglades are undoubtedly a magnificent sight, but this is not to be credited to the Eco Safari company we went with, just to nature. Unfortunately the tour experience was SORELY LACKING... Our tour guide, Dave, was late, disorganised, appeared incompetent, used "dry humour" that tripped over into plain rudeness, and had total disregard for the interests/ questions/ concerns of the visitors on his boat. When he greeted us he explained that (due to a twice yearly extreme low tide) we would need to wade out to the boat. No problem with that whatsoever! A good tour guide would make a joke out of it and treat it like an added adventure! Not Dave... He wryly told us that "if anyone has a complaint they can write it on a $20 note and I'll collect them at the end". No hint of joking in his voice which left an uncomfortable silence that fell across the group. Upon arrival at Fig Tree Point I had hoped we'd be asked who wished to canoe the first leg and who wanted to paddle back. Nope, Dave told each family group who would paddle first and the rest were to stay on the boat while that group were getting organised. What followed was about 5-10 minutes of sitting getting bored while Dave "checked his numbers", frequently asking those of us still on board "what's half of 25..?" and "Nope, I've got that wrong... what's half of 23..?" while passengers exchanged looks of concern about how the rest of the day would proceed. Around this point I accepted that we would be in the group paddling back and approached Dave to advise that the canoeing was the main reason for us booking as we are avid paddlers and wanted as much time as possible in the canoe so could he please tell us when the earliest opportunity would be to get in one for the return leg. We travelled up to Harry's Hut, ate a lovely morning tea (kudos to the muffin baker) and midway through Dave turned to me and said "the second canoe group should've left 10 minutes ago". We had no idea the first group had returned already and were gutted to have missed valuable paddling time. Perhaps he could do with some training on time management and to communicate to guests "the second canoe group should be back at the boat at 12:30" so guests know how long they can explore/ eat before leaving. We were then "fitted" with life jackets and discovered that there wasn't one on board that was the right size for my 9 year old son, despite providing his age on my booking form. (There were also 5 other children about his size so presumably all of them were in the wrong sized life jackets too - very dangerous.) The life jacket he was given had 2 broken straps and was definitely not still fit for purpose. Very puzzled about this as there was a shed of new-looking life jackets with the hire equipment where we launched from... His attitude seemed to improve a little in the afternoon and he provided some information on the history of previous inhabitants to the area, though not much on the wildlife which was disappointing given there's more biodiversity in the Everglades than in Kakadu - a fact that most visitors wouldn't have known since Dave never mentioned it. He threw in a couple of wry comments that I think were meant to be humorous, but by this point the atmosphere in the boat was just uncomfortable and only a couple of elderly passengers gave a polite little chuckle. Lunch was lovely, though it was about 3:20 by the time we ate it and our bus driver was hurrying us to finish as the other visitors he was transporting had to return for their next plans. Overall, the environment and food were lovely, but the boating equipment and tour guide let down the experience and would make me book my next trip with another operator. I would welcome contact from the operator to further explain specifics if required.

S P October 2021

I booked this for our group on the recommendation from a friend. Overall it was a lovely experience. There was good communication, the boat was very large for the 10 of us (I guess due to COVID regulations) and there was plenty to see and admire. I was also pleasantly surprised that the lunch was really quite generous and tasty although to of our group didn't enjoy the fish (dry and a bit tasteless). My only criticism is that I wished there was a bit more information on the ecosystem of the everglades, the wildlife and what makes it so unique. Other than that it was a good experience!

Y5889IMchrisb October 2021

We had a great day out on this cruise. The scenery was spectacular and we were looked after very well. There was also lots of info about the area. Morning tea and lunch was very nice

Nikki D October 2021

Loved this tour. We are SE Queensland locals and thought it was fantastic. Our tour guide was wonderful - so full of knowledge and made the trip such a relaxing and fun day. The canoeing was fabulous, the morning tea and lunch were also great. Highly recommend.

Jacqueline3912 October 2021

Fantastic day. The everglades are beautiful and peaceful and there are only 2 everglades in the world. We choose the canoe option, able to paddle at our pace, highly recommend. Morning tea and lunch was included.

DianneR884 October 2021

I have wanted to do this cruise for a long time so was glad to have the opportunity. It was mentioned that we may have to wade through some water to reach the boat as it is very shallow but this didn’t happen The crossing on the lake was accompanied by rain, so some of the side panels were unrolled, but this stopped when we had entered the Everglades. It is just beautiful - quiet, serene and not a mozzie to be heard or felt. I took my camera instead of my relying on my phone and was so glad I did. The camera zoom allowed mt tho get much better closeups and I did t deplete the phone battery taking lots of photos. Morning tea was at Harry’s Hut, hot and cold drinks with a fresh muffin, and provision for diets in my case, gluten free. The reflections on the water made choosing where to aim the camera difficult but heaps of photo opportunities. We had lunch on return at the Habitat tavern/communal area. We had pre-chosen our choice of meat (fish or steak) and had buffet salads with it. Again, gluten free bread was provided and in this case was delicious. Thank you. We then returned as we had arrived which was by bus from our designated pickup point in Noosaville. There was the choice of driving yourself to Boreen Point which would probably be more suitable for anyone in a wheelchair.

Janetgg October 2021

Fantastic trip! Everything about it was wonderful. We had no idea this beautiful place existed . The canoeing was a great way to experience the Everglades . Highly recommend doing this trip.

tanyalY2979DJ September 2021

Fantastic boat trip, scenery and canoeing was fun. I went with my teenage daughter and we had only done a bit of gentle kayaking before and managed fine. Food great and ginger beer! A great day out. I highly recommend.

Peter a September 2021

Great day out,David our skipper was font of knowledge and very good humoured. we took the option to kayak which was a leisurely 1 hour paddle along the beautiful upper noosa river. lovely morning tea and barbeque lunch,would highly recommend.

Alex_M September 2021

Great experience! Our instructor Dave was great and the tour was well organised. Definitely recommmend the canoe option. Good value for money as well

Curiosity32355546112 September 2021

We’ll organised, we’ll run. Couldn’t ask for a better tour. I am a-man of few words but I need to hit 100 characters to accept my review

warrenb610 September 2021

Great experience.Well organised with excellent commentary and a comfortable boat.Food good and canoeing wonderful in one of the most amazing places on earth.Great value.

peterdR7085MI September 2021

This was a great day. Everything ran to time, the canoeing was very enjoyable, the catering very good, including being able to cater for special dietary requirements such as for coeliac disease and the opportunity to see some of the waterways away from the mainstream was excellent.

peter2may September 2021

This is a must do, excellent tour guides. Dave was just a wealth of local knowledge. The River of Mirrors in the canoe was so good.

AMTaylene September 2021

The whole experience was superb; perfect reflections in the water, observing the birds and vegetation, meeting other travelers, yummy food (morning tea and lunch), and the expert knowledge of our guides.

O2532NPcindyt August 2021

amazing day, fantastic crew the cruise was brilliant and canoeing was great lunch brilliant and the captain was very knowledgeable

Voyage55593809011 August 2021

A delightful day Efficient organisation from Go to Whoa Trevor , our boat guide and captain , was interesting and entertaining . Refreshments were delightful , home made cooking ✅ The experience of cruising along the Everglades , was beautiful, serene, calming to my soul .

deniseplattg August 2021

What a lovely day trip to experience. The tour guides Peter and Trevor were excellent hosts with a huge bucket load of knowledge. The canoeing was fun and a little challenging, beautiful & tranquil. Really appreciated being met with a hot cuppa and a big muffin afterwards. The BBQ lunch at Habitat was good and substantial. Would highly recommend this day trip.

hannahcO154SG August 2021

Book it now! This is an amazing experience!!! The tour operators are welcoming, fun and had an abundance of knowledge on the flora and fauna in the area, wildlife and indigenous culture and history! The canoeing was a great experience, only requires a moderate level of fitness to complete.. it’s about 5km/45 mins to 1 hour of canoeing. The morning tea and lunch provided was generous, fresh and absolutely delicious. I HIGHLY recommend this tour! I am looking forward to taking friends and family here when they visit QLD.

louiseg498 August 2021

Unbelievably beautiful scenery. The boat was comfy and room to move around for photos. We had a couple of stops and a delicious muffin at morning tea. The guide was informative and the tour was a perfect amount of time. Home base was a new reception centre and restaurant. There was a choice of steak or fish for lunch with lots of salad. The chef cooked the quality steaks in front of us.

Webbie2327 August 2021

My wife and I did the full day tour and canoe paddle of the everglades and thoroughly enjoyed it. The weather was beautiful & Lake Cootharaba was calm and glistening in the morning sun as we headed across to the north of the lake to canoe the upper Noosa River. Paddling in the canoes or staying on the boat, the peace and tranquility we experienced through the everglades was very relaxing and offered lots of photo opportunities to capture the perfect reflections of the tannin stained waters. Our skipper, Dave, was very informative throughout the trip. His laconic Aussie style of humour and narration was a big plus and kept us entertained all the way. He would be a great drawcard for any international travellers looking for a genuine local experience with an indigenous flavour. Together with his trainee first mate, Paddy, they did a great job keeping everyone safe, informed, entertained and made to feel welcome. Highly recommend this tour.

Q7941CKgeorgej August 2021

We had a great trip over lake Cootharabra which was mirror smooth on this morning. We were lucky to see a Jabiru exploring the reeds near the northern end of the lake. The paddle was great though a little warmer than expected. The trip is definitely worth the effort. If you are not up for a paddle you can always stay with the boat and enjoy the views along with the informative and often amusing commentary
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