Noosa Rivermouth, Noosa Heads (QLD, Australia)
Kitesurfing, Windsurfing & Wingdinging in the Noosa River mouth
The Noosa River mouth at Noosa Heads is a popular spot for flat water sailing for kiters in a N to E (NE being the most ideal) wind on an out-going tide. The most consistent times of year being from September through to February.
Outside of the river mouth on the ocean-side there can be some good wave riding for both kitesurfers & windsurfers. Most of the time the surf on the outside is not too big but be aware it can get nasty.
The river can also be good for beginner kitesurfers learning in knee-to-chest-deep warm-water (but be aware of the currents in the channel).
Water temps in summer are around 22-25°C and in winter the temp drops to about 17°C. Thin wetsuits are needed in winter but in summer the only protection you may need is a rash vest for the sun.
Please note that the main beach (to the east of the heads) is out-of-bounds for kite boarders. The only exception is if it’s impossible to launch from spit beach can kitesurfers launch and land from main beach near the river mouth rocky groyne.
The current in the river can be very strong so there is the possibility of getting sucked out of the river mouth if you are not experienced.
There are also a lot of other water craft travelling in and out of the heads so always look around and give way to other vessels.
Most of the mouth is quite shallow, so take care when jumping.
The odd shark might be spotted so just be shark aware.
Access, Rigging & Launching
Turn left into Hasting street in Noosa and go all the way through the forest to the end car park.
Sandy beach on the ocean side. Walk out as deep as possible to launch so you are away from the beach (sandy shallows).
For kiters, please keep well clear of other people and ask for assistance from other kiters to launch.
The river mouth is heavily utilised by other holiday makers including sun bathers, swimmers, families and most important every other type of water craft. It is the entry and exit point for tourist boats who have to navigate the sand bar on low tide. Jet skis and cats are also everywhere.
Walk out as deep as possible to launch so you are away from the beach (sandy shallows), keep away from swimmers, once away get out and keep away from the main beach area. Avoid and give way to all other water craft. Always wear a safety leash. Please see code of conduct sign at the spot.
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- Flat Water Blasting
- Entry-Level Wave Sailing
- Intermediate Wave Sailing
- Flat Water
- Small Waves
- Open Sea
- River Mouth
- Warm Water
- Salt Water
- On-site Parking
- Sand Bars
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