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Kanu Kapers up the Noosa Everglades - QLD

semi-overcast 20 °C

No visit to Noosa on the east coast would be complete without a trip up the Everglades.
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and as I'm not one for sitting on a boat being a day-tripping tourist, it seemed a great idea to canoe and camp for three days, with two good friends I'd met previously, Matt and Ann.
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First order of the day was sorting gear, reducing it and trying to figure out how to get three days worth of food, water, clothes and campign gear into rather small storage holes in the kayacks!
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Then, it was down to Eland Canoe Launch for a splash about,
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a briefing, a map and a point in the right direction
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before setting off with the help of Caroline
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and then we were on our own,
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that bit of sand in the distance was our target for the next day - Cooloola Sand Patch
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First part of the trip took us across the expansive Lake Cootharaba
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stopping to investigate some crab pots
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until we took a left turn to the mouth of the Noosa River
past some pelicans just hanging out
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and along to the Kinaba Hut
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for a spot of lunch
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Heading back out in the kayacks, we made sure to avoid the turning to Lake Como (wouldn't want to end up in Italy)
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From the mouth of Kin Kin Creek across Fig Tree Point towards the Upper Noosa River, travelling between an adjacent small vegetated island built of sand and silt into the area known as the Everglades
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a beautiful, peaceful and mirror like river
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having a bit of fun under the branches along the way
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although, some were maybe a little bit too low for Matt
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after a little messign about on the river, investigating side turns and dead ends, which can be seen in the full video here:

we eventually arrived at Harrys Hut camping ground
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to be met by one of our companions for the next couple of days - a Lace Monitor
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where we unloaded EVERYTHING and set up camp for the next two nights
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Despite having two tents, it was deemed much more fun to squeeze into one - and incidentaly, it was warmer too!
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The following morning, after feeling like we'd slept on concrete all night, we were up for breakfast
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before paddling an hour further north
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for a hike up to the Cooloola Sand Patch to watch the sunset to be featured in it's own blog!

After safely arriving back at camp in the dark, and cooking dinner, it was time for some cards, where we discovered playing with a red light is not helpful to the red suits!
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The following morning, as Matt cooked bacon, we had a few visitors to camp,
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first one Lace Monitor, then two, then up to five! at which point it became a bit competitive
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After another test of how much stuff can you fit in small spaces, we set off back to the canoe launch
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Matt in change of the single kayck, which was good timing as the rudder bolts fell out half way home!
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nothing a little red wine couldn't improve
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this was our route home
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as we neared the end of the trip, I noticed somethign in the water and couldn't believe it when I saw an Echidna (large hedgehog) swimming!
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their long nose seemed to make a perfect snorkel
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but he seemed very out of place and going nowhere fast in this large lake, so we decided to rescue him.
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Matt scooped him up with his paddle, onto the back of the kayck where he slumped in releif
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and we made our way to shore
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Despite all the little mishaps on the way back, we arrived back at the Elanda Canoe Launch on time
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Final stop, to toast to a great few days messing about on the river was my favourite place in Noosa, The Boat House, for cocktails and sunset!
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Posted by charlystyles 13:13 Archived in Australia Tagged everglades kanu_kapers

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