Noosa Heads, Australia


Noosa Heads is often recognised as a popular playground for the rich and famous but also draws people from all walks. It’s an area that flourishes with abundant wildlife thanks to the various natural environments which surround it including bush, rainforests, wetlands, oceans and river systems.

It’s an easy 2 hour drive north of Brisbane up the M1 and is nestled at the northern end of the stunning Sunshine Coast Region of Queensland. From M1, take the State Route 6 exit and follow the signs to Tewantin and onto Noosa Heads.

We recommend that for newbies to the area a great place to paddle is the river canals. There is loads to see including some stunning real estate but it’s also easy to find somewhere with protected conditions nearby.

For this ride we recommend the Sport 11’3” as pictured for its touring features, making it easy to cut through any chop and allowing you to go further, faster. The 32” width will support your balance as other water vessels pass by which is quite likely.


The area also has some of the most magnificent waterfront properties in Australia. If you haven’t been to Noosa Heads it’s well worth a look to explore on water and off. Of course don’t forget to also take a walk through the Noosa National Park and take in the blue waters and pandanus palms along the coastal escarpment.

Route Directions

  1. .Park at Noosa Lions Park where there is a large picnic area, toilet block and small beach which is very safe to launch from
  2. .Head up river to the left until you can see the bridge of Noosa Parade.
  3. .Circle back down river and enjoy ducking into the various short canals to admire the palatial homes along the shore
  4. .On your way back to Lions Park circle around the island that is Witta Circuit

Local Knowledge

Nearest Parking

Park at the Lions Park, Noosa Heads on Noosa Parade where you’ll find a large picnic area, toilet block and small beach which is very safe to launch from.



The famous shopping and dining strip of Hastings Street Noosa is a short walk from the carpark offering every tasty delight you can imagine! Accommodation options in the surrounding areas are endless from backpacker hostels right next to Lions Park to resorts within walking distance including the Sofitel and Peppers as well as private short-term rentals.

Places to stay

Things to know

  • The wind can be quite strong in this area particularly in Spring and Summer. It helps to also be aware that the tidal currents can be quite strong so always be aware which way the tide is flowing and plan your paddle accordingly.
  • The spot is generally suitable for all levels providing that tides and wind are taken into consideration.
  • Be aware of other water vessels around this area as it’s a common route for boats heading out onto the main part of Noosa River.
  • Recommended kit to take with you on this journey include an Airbelt PFD, hat, sunscreen, drinking water and camera.