Noosa, the Aboriginal word for 'shady place', is home to the beautiful catchment of the Noosa River. One of Australia's most loved waterways, the Noosa River enjoys an A rated water quality and is home to a wide range of spectacular wildlife. No holiday to Noosa is complete without visiting and enjoying the river.
At 60km in length, the Noosa River is part of the Great Sandy National Park and flows north to south from the Como Escarpment to Laguna Bay where it enters the South Pacific Ocean. Along the way, the watercourse passes through the western basin, Teewah Creek, Noosa Plain, Lake Como, Cooloola, Lake Fig Tree, Lake Cootharaba, Lake Cooroibah and Lake Weyba.
The Noosa River is also home to a number of tributaries and major creeks including Teewah, Kin Kin, Cooloothin, Ringtail, Cooroibah Creek, Wooroi, Eenie, Keyser, Crank, Murdering, Horseman and Weyba Creek. The lifeblood of Noosa, the river is a tidal river and is one of Noosa's most popular attractions whether for soaking up the serenity or getting in, splashing about and making the most of the water.
Renowned for its large population of migratory birdlife, the Noosa River is also a very popular recreation spot for visitors to Noosa. A well-loved fishing spot, as the tide goes out anglers move to the river mouth and rock walls in the hopes of hooking cod, whiting, bream and flathead while others try the upper reaches for bass.
The riverfront provides the ideal spot for enjoying a picnic and families love swimming in the waters, paddling along in a kayak, floating lazily aboard a boat or even jet skiing for those up for a little more adventure. Watercraft are available for hire along the riverfront and there are also a number of scenic tours and cruises that allow you to enjoy the Noosa River at a leisurely pace.