Noosa Everglades

Sunshine Coast

The passage of the Noosa River that cuts into the Great Sandy National Park north of Lake Cootharaba is poetically known as the ‘river of mirrors’ or the Everglades. Hosting almost half of the bird species found in Australia, the river's entire upper catchment is protected, making this one of the most pristine wetlands in the world. It's a perfect place to launch a kayak and camp in one of the many national park camping grounds along the riverbank.

The waters themselves are a known habitat of the elusive dugong, a gentle, vulnerable water mammal.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Sunshine Coast attractions

2. Tea Tree Bay

12.89 MILES

Framed by spiky pandanus, Tea Tree Bay is one of Noosa's most idyllic beaches, with wild bushland emerging onto a broad sweep of sand and pellucid waves…

3. Noosa Main Beach

13.04 MILES

Only steps away from the restaurants, bars and boutiques of Hastings St, Noosa's most popular beach is patrolled year-round. It's one of the east coast's…

4. Noosa National Park

13.05 MILES

Noosa's unmissable national park delivers spectacular coastal views (expect to see dolphins) and ambrosial beaches like Tea Tree Bay. The most scenic way…

5. Laguna Lookout

13.45 MILES

For a panoramic view that takes in Noosa, its densely wooded national park, the ocean and distant hinterland, walk or drive up to Laguna Lookout from…

6. Majestic Theatre

15.56 MILES

The charming Majestic is Australia's longest-running commercial theatre. The venue screens films from the silent era – complete with live accompaniment –…

7. Eumundi Brewery

19.38 MILES

The Imperial Hotel is now also home to the state-of-the-art Eumundi Brewery, maker of the town's eponymous beer. Those interested in the brewing process…

8. Eumundi Markets

19.43 MILES

This is one of Australia's most atmospheric artisan markets, attracting over 1.6-million visitors a year to its 600-plus stalls. Dive into a leafy,…