The Sunshine Coast is littered with a plethora of waterways which are sprinkled with subtropical sand islands. Basically it's a kayaking dream.
With so much to explore and so little time, we'll leave you with the our list of the best places to dip your toes and drop in your kayak around the Sunshine Coast.
This piece of magical waterway heaven is a kayaking utopia and is right here on the Sunshine Coast's southern doorstep. Stretching for 35 kilometres, from Caloundra’s tail end to Deception Bay, this ecological estuary features an array of lush marine life such as dugongs, dolphins, and turtles, and is a bird-watcher's wonderland. Plus, there's epic views of the Glass House Mountains. Take off from Golden Beach, and depending on how much energy you have to burn, start heading where the adventure takes you. There’s plenty of sandbars to stop at, so make sure you take ample supplies for refuelling.
You only have to head down to the turquoise waters of this tourist hotspot to see why Cotton Tree ranks as one of the best kayaking spots on the Sunshine Coast. Park at the pool and head out the front of the caravan park to find the ultimate flat-water, board-gliding haven. The more advanced can catch a few waves at the river mouth, but if you’re still a bit wobbly, the folks at Sunshine Watercraft can provide you with a crash course.
The spectacular blue waters of this pristine aquatic corridor extend from the river mouth through to Lake Cooroibah, and further into the waters of Lake Cootharaba, before continuing north to the Noosa Everglades, which is part of the Great Sandy National Park. Phew. If the swell is small enough, Noosa Main Beach with its endless coves, provides ample exploring opportunities. For more information or hire a kayak, click here.
Admire the cliff faces and cityscapes of Brisbane as you cruise under the Story Bridge or up to South Bank from Kangaroo Point. It’s just so central. Riverlife Brisbane have a huge range of day and night time tours and you can find more information here.
Brisbane’s earliest water storage dam is our picture-perfect picnicking, swimming and kayaking spot. Paddle into the Enoggerra Reservoir from Walkabout Creek and lay on the grassy banks for some post-workout R&R. For more information, click here.
Just a 55-minute trip to Brisbane’s north, you can take a guided tour through Hays Inlet or take your own adventure through the abundant waters of Scarborough and Redcliffe Peninsula. For more information, click here.
With some of the best sea breezes around, you can either hire a kayak or learn to wind and kitesurf at Surf Connect. For a post-workout energy reboot, drop into Doug’s Seafood Cafe for their famous fish and chips, then stroll up Flinders Parade to the recently refurbished Shorncliffe Pier. For more information, click here.
The heritage-listed sunken shipwrecks at Tangalooma are a haven for colourful subtropical reef fish, turtles, stingrays and wobbegongs. You won't have to risk rocking the boat for an underwater peek, because these guys offer transparent kayaks to navigate the crystal blue waters. Genius! For more information, click here.
This is where Brisbane meets the Moreton Bay. Kayak alongside the luxury yachts and catamarans as you venture straight out into Moreton Bay from Manly Harbour. The calm waters are perfect for stand up paddle boards too! For more information, click here.
Watch the sunrise over Stradbroke Island and tour the Redlands most scenic locations from Tingalpa Creek and Victoria Point, to Cleveland Point and Coochiemudlo Island. Also enjoy the reflections of city lights on the water with a full moon tour for experienced kayakers. For more information, click here.
North Stradbroke Island
North Stradbroke Island is made for nostalgic summer adventures and whale-watching winters. Jump aboard a kayak and take a tour of Amity Point, Myora Point, Shag Rock, Peel Island and Brown Lake for a freshwater spin. For more information, click here.
We also chart the best running tracks on the Sunshine Coast right here.
Image credit: Thom Schneider