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Maroochy River Canoe Trail: George Best Park to River Junction Paddle

Maroochy River Canoe Trail: George Best Park to River Junction Paddle
Ninderry
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3.9km
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One-way

Paddle the upper most section of the Maroochy River near Yandina.

SUITABLILITY
Suitable for all level kayakers.

HIGHLIGHTS
To enjoy the upper most paddling section of the Maroochy River Canoe Trail, it is best to paddle this section of the river by following the current to get over some shallow sections.

You can also paddle down the river to the join between the north and south arms of the Maroochy River. (This is actually just past Coulson’s Wharf Park, so you will need to turn around and come back if you are getting out here).

Be mindful you are very close to the Bruce Highway on this paddle so the road noise at the start can be distracting.

AFTERWARDS
Accessing Maroochy River from the Yandina side provides the opportunity to do many adventures. Top of the list would be climbing 304 metres to the summit Mt Ninderry which is accessed off Eucalypt Crescent at the end of Ninderry Road at Yandina. You will be rewarded with coastal views.

Yandina has a heritage trail you can walk with historic buildings are located in Stevens and Farrell Streets in the main town area. There’s many cafés here in town or you can head to the popular tourist destination the Ginger Factory where there is a restaurant.

The Yandina Markets held every Saturday has wonderful selection of local produce, plants and curios and food stalls.

HOW TO GET THERE
To the starting point: Drive to George Best Park located on Ninderry Road, Yandina. There is a rough ramp at the start to get into the river.

To the end point: If you choose to do an out and back paddle you will finish at George Best Park. If you are wanting to do the section to the River Junction, you can opt to finish at Coulson’s Wharf Park, on the southern side of Yandina Coolum Road at Yandina (not far off the Bruce Highway). You could go further downstream to Ashton’s Wharf as another option.

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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
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  • Icon showing this activity has a picnic table on sitePicnic table on site
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  • 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
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  • No drinking water available No drinking water available No drinking water available
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  • Fires prohibited Fires prohibited Fires prohibited
  • Camping prohibited Camping prohibited Camping prohibited
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  • 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.
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Sunshine Coast Council via 07 5475 7272 or via e-mail: adventure@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

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