Lake Cootharaba, Sunshine Coast (QLD Australia)
Lake Cootharaba, Noosa
Lake Cootharaba is located about 25 mins drive from Noosa on the Sunshine Coast and is part of the Noosa River System and is approx 8 km long x 5 km wide.
The lake gets between 15-20 knots of wind (generally in the afternoon) & is great for advanced sailors who want long slalom runs / speed runs. As the wind increases so does the chop so it is good for bump-and-jump. There is also some good long board cruising to sights around the lake like Kinaba and Teewah landing.
Most of the lake is just 1 – 2 metres deep making it a great spot for beginners or for those who just need to take a break.
The best wind direction for this spot is NE or N with November and March noted being the most consistent for this wind direction.
From Dec winds tend to be more SE which is still great fun with long runs but not as clean as NE winds.
Hazards include the odd nibble on the toes by crabs and there are small stingrays around so best to wear booties for protection. Also stay clear of Mill Point (at least 300 m) as there is a gravel bank that comes out from the point and may cause a fin strike.
Kiting can be a bit of a challenge in the lake as there is very little beach to rig and the only way to launch is from the water so you need to know how to water launch.
Access, Rigging & Launching
There are 2 main launching areas on the lake:
Boreen Point – from the campsite. Great grassy rigging area under the shelter of trees. You can also park and launch from the sailing club at Boreen Point.
Elanda Point – at the foreshore in front of the Habitat Noosa Everglades Ecocamp which is also a great place to base yourself for a Coothabara windsurfing or kitesurfing holiday. This spot has parking and a nice grassy area for rigging and a nice sandy beach for launching.
Camping At The Lake
The small town of Boreen Point sits on the western side of the lake.
The best way to experience Lake Cootharaba and its beauty is to camp. Campgrounds at Boreen Point and nearby Elanda Point have good amenities and charge a small fee.
It is possible to pitch a tent on the edge of the lake and wake to a spectacular view. In the early morning the lake can be like a sheet of glass.
Other benefits of camping at Lake Cootharaba are kangaroos hopping through the campsite and tame possums feeding at night.
Dogs are allowed at Boreen Point campsite however are restricted to your caravan site.
The lake is also great for yacht sailing, fishing, swimming, bike riding, camping and has some dog friendly beaches.
Lake Cootharaba Accommodation
The main launching areas are located close to the town of Boreen Point where you can find a couple of holiday homes as well as a couple of camping grounds. There is a lovely pub and a sailing club but nightlife is pretty limited..so if that is what you are after you might be better off staying in Noosa where there is plenty.
- Beach Access:
Boreen Point Campsite, Lake Cootharaba Boreen Point Campsite is a great place to stay for a chilled out holiday next to the lake. Leave your windsurfer rigged up and stroll to the water’s edge when the wind gets up. Swimming & fishing are great activities right in front of the camping area. A general store and family pub are within Read more...
- Car Parking
- Pet Friendly
- Price Range:
- Short Drive
- Kitchen or kitchenette
- Private Bathroom
- Balcony or Terrace
Beechs’ Brook Rainforest Retreat Beechs’ Brook Rainforest Retreat is located in Cootharabah (not far from the Lake Cootharaba Launching areas). They offer 2 x double studio apartments (max 2 guests per room) and a 2-bedroom apartment that sleeps up to 4 guests. This property is dog friendly upon request and extra charges might apply. All apartments comprise a seating area, Read more...
- Child Friendly
- Car Parking
- Pet Friendly
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- Flat Water Blasting
- Speed Sailing
- Bump and Jump
- Longboard Cruising
- Flat Water
- Moderate Temp Water
- Fresh Water
- Easy Launching
- On-site Parking
- Free Parking
- Camp Ground
- RV Camping
- Sand Bars
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