Scout Hinchliffe’s roundup of kayaking on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland won’t leave you short of ideas for where to dip your paddle. Let her guide your kayak adventures along rivers, around lakes and out to the ocean.

Sunshine Coast Kayaking

Is it the motion of the ocean? Or is it feeling like a king as you kayak through the rich vegetation that forms a guard of honour?

Whatever it may be (as long as you are not up shit creek without a paddle) kayaking feeds the soul with adventure and is the ultimate way to explore and connect with the amazing coastlines, lakes and rivers that make up the Sunshine Coast.

Here’s your kayaking on the Sunshine Coast bucket list. Please note that the experience levels are a guide only and your personal fitness levels should be considered first. Happy paddling!

Maroochydore River Trail

The Paddle – The first kayak of our kayak adventures on the Sunshine Coast is a 3.5km (one way) section of the Maroochy River Trail, which is the perfect paddle for wildlife lovers. Water dragons line the banks while ducks frolic madly and the occasional bright blue dragonfly will hitch a ride.

Start – George Best Park

Finish – Coulson Wharf Park

Experience Level – Beginner

 

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Lake Cootharaba

The Paddle – Being approximately 25km in diameter, Lake Cootharaba is the largest saltwater lake in the region and therefore can provide endless hours of paddling fun.

Hot Tip – the lake is best suited for days with no/light winds!

Launch Point – Boreen Point, Noosa North Shore

Experience Level – Beginner/Intermediate

 

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Old Woman Island

The Paddle – Load the kayak with snorkeling gear for one of the more epic ocean kayak adventures on the Sunshine Coast. The 1km paddle over to Old Woman Island can often be treacherous so pick a day with light winds and gentle swell.

Launch Point – Mudjimba Main Beach, Mudjimba

Experience Level – Intermediate

 

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Ewen Maddock Dam

The Paddle – With sneaky views of the Glass House Mountains and the Maleny ranges creating a backdrop to the west, plus being surrounded by state forest, Ewen Maddock Dam sure is a picturesque paddle, especially at sunset!

If you want a whole day of wonders, you can precede a sunset paddle at Ewen Maddock Dam with a short hike up nearby Mt Ngungun to see the sunrise.

Launch Point – Maddock Park, Connection Road, Mooloolah Valley

Experience Level – Beginner

 

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Currimundi Lake

The Paddle – The beautiful waters of Currimundi Lake provide a haven for bream, whiting, and flathead so make sure you throw in a fishing line for this paddle!

Launch Point – Currimundi Beach, Westaway Parade or Hargreaves Street, Currimundi

Experience Level – Beginner

 

7 Killer Kayak Adventures On The Sunshine Coast (QLD), Scout Hinchliffe, fish, fishing rod, reel, CURRIMUNDI LAKE

Mary River

The Paddle – Straight after decent rainfall is the best time to explore the Mary River by kayak. The river starts high in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland then passes through Kenilworth, Gympie, and Maryborough. Eventually the river flows out into the Great Sandy Strait.

There are sections with fun little rapids so make sure you take an adventure buddy who can pull the kayak back upstream!

Launch Point – Being one of the largest river systems in SEQ, there are a lot of launch points to choose from. We would recommend making a weekend of it by staying at the Kenilworth Bluff campground where the river access is only metres from the tent!

Experience Level – Beginner

 

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Pumicestone Passage

The Paddle – Winding for 35km from Caloundra through to Deception Bay, this is a ‘choose your own adventure’ type of paddle. Glide across Pumicestone Passage to discover secluded beaches on Bribie Island, power upstream for superb views of the Glass House Mountains, or just relax and enjoy the wildlife and natural beauty.

Hot Tip – timing your kayaking adventure with the tides will make paddling easier.

Launch Point – Golden Beach Esplanade, Caloundra

Experience Level – Beginner/Intermediate

 

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Paddle Away!

Now you’re all set. Go while away your weekends with your own kayak adventures on the Sunshine Coast and beyond…