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See what you've been missing

Kinga Atkinson - AWOL FAMILY - 10-Apr-2018

Wake to the sunrise over the water, stand up paddle on the ‘river of mirrors,’ spot the stingrays by the shore and BBQ under the stars! A Noosa houseboat holiday is the perfect way to start your NEW Noosa adventure!

You can even relax on the water at Lake Cootharaba or kayak through Australia’s only Everglades, and its football fields of water lilies.

It’s time, to start your NEW Noosa adventure!

Luxury Afloat Noosa Houseboats

These little houses on water, provided by Luxury Afloat Noosa Houseboats, are surprisingly spacious and also a little luxurious! Each one comes with its 3m motorised dinghy, giving you the freedom to leave or stay on board. Anchor wherever you like; close to Noosa or Noosaville or as far as Boreen Point on Lake Cootharaba.

Anyone can do it. We survived the three days without any of the kids going overboard, or Courtney getting us stuck in shallow water.

The three days were full of laughter mainly brought to us by Leo’s alternatives to fishing bait, yes ‘Allen’s Snakes’ will not catch you fish. And also by Courtney! We finally found something he can’t do. Using oars to paddle a dinghy is not his forte.

Cooking was simple. We order a weekend hamper from Getaway Pantry, so all that was needed was to fire up the BBQ and throw a few sausages for the kids and a nice steak for us (don’t laugh, we didn’t catch any fish). We loved hanging out on the front deck for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and being honest, it’s a place I didn’t want to leave. The water, the fish, the sunsets, and sunrises!

The stand up paddle boards from Noosa Stand Up Paddle were an excellent way to tire out the kids and a fun way to explore the shoreline, chase the ducks and the jumping fish, and occasionally catch a glimpse of stingrays.

But what I loved the most was sleeping in the gentle rippling water and waking up to views of the river and sunrise.

3 things I didn’t know about houseboats:

  1. They have TV reception!
  2. There’s enough water to shower every day!
  3. You can’t use a hairdryer, but you can charge anything that connects with a USB (2 USB ports on board)

3 things I’d suggest bringing as extras:

  1. Stand up paddle boards – hire available from Noosa Stand Up Paddle
  2. Fishing rods – you can hire from Luxury Afloat Noosa
  3. Bait – Yabbie pumps are not easy to use!

Where to explore

  1. Anchor on the south side near Noosaville and Noosa Heads – enjoy quick and easy access to the mainland.
  2. Travel up north past Makepeace Island (a heart-shaped island owned by Sir Richard Branson) to the narrower, less busy parts of the river.
  3. Travel to Lake Cooroibah and take the dinghy to Treasure Island – let the kids run around its shallow banks. ‘Treasure is said to be buried here.
  4. Travel down towards John’s Landing – here the river narrows even more. My favorite spot! ‘The river of mirrors.
    - Note: phone and TV reception is lost around here.
    - Just over an hour journey from Tewantin.
    - The area is well-protected from the wind.
  5. Travel to Lake Cootharaba to Boreen Point and take a kayak tour through the Noosa Everglades.

Our boat: 8 birth ‘Ibis.’

  1. Newly refurbished
  2. Comfortably sleeps 6 people (has three double beds)
    - 1st double bed has its own petitioned area
    - The 2nd double bed is made from converting the dining table. It also has a curtain for privacy. We ate at the table outside on the deck. The indoor table is more likely to be used in bad weather.
    - The 3rd double bed is made by pulling out the couch in the main living area
  3. Large fridge/freezer and 2 large eskies – bring ice if you’re planning to use the eskies.
  4. Gas stove, oven, and grill
  5. All linen and towels provided

The only thing you’ll need is food and drinks.

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