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Maroochy River Canoe Trail: Goat Island

Maroochy River Canoe Trail: Goat Island
Maroochydore
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Trail type
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Skill Level
4.3km
Length
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Paddle around Goat Island near the mouth of the Maroochy River where you will see clear water and perhaps stingrays, fish and sandy banks.

SUITABLILITY
Suitable for beginner kayakers

HIGHLIGHTS
A pleasant if somewhat urban and busy lap that can be the clearest water of all the Maroochy river paddles. You may see stingrays, fish of various sizes and of course seabirds. Choose your paddle by watching the weather and tides as that can severely affect your mileage, including currents.

Look out for the wreck of the "Gneering", a steamer that serviced the river and was wrecked on the Maroochy River bar and later towed to Goat Island and left as a wreck.
If it’s an adventure with your canine friend you’re after, then launch your paddle from the leash free dog section of North Shore and paddle down to the Twin Waters boat ramp and back. This area is perfect for training your dog to paddle with you.
AFTERWARDS
If you start your paddle from the North Shore side you can enjoy the serenity of Mudjimba Beach with a spot of surfing or beach fishing. There are playgrounds for the kids and a choice of cafes. Further afield you can enjoy the Aqua Parks at Twin Waters, Bli Bli or Coolum

If you start your paddle from the Maroochydore side, there are amenities and cafes at Maroochydore as well as surf beaches to enjoy. You could walk from Cotton Tree to Mooloolaba and return.

HOW TO GET THERE
To the starting point: There are a number of starting points for this paddle – all very accessible:

Northshore Carpark, North Shore Road, Mudjimba (not far from Twin Waters)

Nojoor Road Boat Ramp, Twin Waters
or
The Esplanade, Cotton Tree

You could also start from Picnic Point Esplanade, Maroochydore.

All entry/exit points have sandy beaches, wash down taps and parking.

To the end point: The end point is the same as the starting point.

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  • Icon showing this activity is suitable for wheelchairsSuitable for wheelchairs
  • Icon showing this activity is suitable for walkingSuitable for walking
  • Icon showing this activity is suitable for recreational cyclingSuitable for recreational cycling
  • Icon showing this activity is suitable for mountain bikingSuitable for mountain biking
  • Icon showing this activity is suitable for horse ridingSuitable for horse riding
  • Icon showing this activity is suitable for kayakingSuitable for kayaking
  • Icon showing this activity has drinking water availableDrinking water available
  • Icon showing this activity does not have drinking water availableNo drinking water available
  • Icon showing this activity has a barbeque on siteBarbeque on site
  • Icon showing this activity has a picnic table on sitePicnic table on site
  • Icon showing this activity has toilets on siteToilets on site
  • Icon showing fires are permitted at this activityFires permitted
  • Icon showing fires are prohibited at this activityFires prohibited
  • Icon showing camping is permitted at this activityCamping permitted
  • Icon showing camping is prohibited at this activityCamping prohibited
  • suitable for kayaking suitable for kayaking Suitable for kayaking
  • No drinking water available No drinking water available No drinking water available
  • Picnic table on site Picnic table on site Picnic table on site
  • toilets on site toilets on site Toilets on site
  • Fires prohibited Fires prohibited Fires prohibited
  • Camping prohibited Camping prohibited Camping prohibited
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Review Date: 25/05/2019

On an incoming tide this paddle delivers th goods with crystal clear water where you can see stingrays moving about beneath you. Avoid this route after heavy rainfall as the water will most likely be murky from sediment upstream. A tap at the Nojoor Road boat ramp is available to hose down on your return, so be sure to bring some garden hose and fittings. We’ve enjoyed dressing up to kayak to some of the restaurants at Cotton Tree for lunch.

Reviewed By: Regi

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IN AN EMERGENCY DIAL '000'.

Always Adventure Safely!

  • Always follow any local signage, it contains key information and conditions can change at any time.
  • Use the trails with consideration for your abilities, be prepared for the adventure ahead:
    • Be aware of the weather conditions, found here: http://www.bom.gov.au/qld/.
    • Always wear appropriate clothing, focus on good footwear.
    • Always bring more water than you think you will need.
    • Be Sun Safe!
    • Always let someone know where you are going that isn’t going with you.
  • Just getting started try this site for good useful information: https://www.trailhiking.com.au/hike-safety/
  • Sunshine Coast Council does it’s best to maintain current information but things can change so always be aware that a trail may not be as listed in this guide, and report and issues via our feedback link.

Sunshine Coast Council

For any issues with this experience please contact:

Sunshine Coast Council via 07 5475 7272 or via e-mail: adventure@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

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