Paddleboarding Lake Cootharaba at Boreen Point

If you are looking to go paddleboarding on Lake Cootharaba then Boreen Point is an excellent launch location. Lake Cootharaba is part of the Noosa River system on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. As such it is a treasure trove of paddling opportunities from the Noosa Everglades to the quieter upper reaches of the river where access is only by boat. There is certainly a lot to explore in the area.

The Main Points

  • Location – Boreen Point on Lake Cootharaba, Sunshine Coast, Queensland Australia
  • Cost – Free
  • Conditions – Saltwater lake and river, water is tea coloured by the tanins of the surrounding trees
  • Other users – Occasional paddlers, motorised watercraft, sailing boats
  • Entry Point – Sandy Beaches, Boreen Point also has a boat ramp
  • Surrounding amenities/Bathrooms- Bathrooms opposite Coffee Tribe cafe



Paddleboaring on Lake Cootharaba at Boreen Point

Having been to Boreen Point so many years ago as a child I was interested to explore the area again. What a fantastic surprise it was to find a cute and quiet village with big shady picnic areas on the shore of the Lake. Being such a warm day, anywhere that has shade is a great option for paddleboarding.

During our visit the lake was a bit murky from the recent floods but usually the water is a dark tea colour from the tanins in the tea trees.  The water was a little choppy from the breeze and so earlier in the morning or during dusk could be a better alternative for calmer waters.  Alternatively the Noosa Rivr is more protected being a narrower body of water and is known for it’s glassy mirror like qualities.

Lake Cootharaba is quite a large lake at 10km long and 5km wide, it is the largest saltwater lake in Queensland. The Lake is an entry point for the Noosa Everglades (one of only two everglade systems in the world – the other being in America). The Noosa Everlades are reportedly the only everglades in the world that you can swim in as the American ones have alligators.

The Noosa River is 74km long and as well as Lake Cootharaba, flows through Lake Cooroiba making it a great place to explore by stand up paddleboard.  Other options for paddling include overnight stays along the Upper Noosa River Waterway.

Boreen Point at Lake Cootharaba is not only a great paddlboarding destination but also a haven for wildlife. There is a constant backdrop of birdsong in the trees on the shore and we also happened upon this Lace Monitor lazily making its way up the trunk of this hollowed out tree which it probably calls home.

Watch our film of Paddleboaring on Lake Cootharaba at Boreen Point here

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