The Noosa River and lakes are renowned for their beauty. A very memorable way to experience them is on a sunset cruise in a handcrafted classic mahogany boat.
Our handcrafted mahogany boat Noosa Dream offers a unique way to experience sunset on the Noosa RIver.
Late in the afternoon, Noosa is often bathed in golden light and there is a magical quality in the air. As we cruise slowly around Noosa Sound in our gorgeous wooden boat, we share a wave with people enjoying the late afternoon on the jetties lining the shores of Noosa Sound and we pass fishermen in tinnies, dotted here and there, trying their luck for a dinner catch.
Cormorants perch high in the trees along Weyba Creek, soaking up the last rays of the sun and egrets and herons quietly wander the water’s edge by the mangroves looking for food.
Noosa River sunsets can be amazing. I took this shot from the shore at Noosaville.
Out at the river mouth clouds of migratory terns can be seen rising and falling like huge parachutes in the breeze above the estuary.
A constellation of beautiful birds at the river mouth
Heading further up the river past Noosaville and Tewantin, we observe water-skiers enjoying the last run of the day and a queue of cars waiting to catch the cable ferry back to town after a camping trip or a day excursion along the beaches of the Noosa North Shore.
Beyond the ferry the river is often glassy in the late afternoon and it feels as though we are riding a cushion of air as Noosa Dream flies past the last homes on the shoreline and enters the empty expanse of Lake Cooroibah.
The entrance to Lake Cooroibah is the perfect spot to stop for a glass of champagne while enjoying the views across the lake. There are great views of the mountains in our hinterland towns.
The run across Lake Cooroibah is exhilarating and provides the opportunity to take some great photos of the Noosa hinterland and the setting sun. Often we are the only boat on the lake in the late afternoon and the feeling of space and openness is fantastic.
Crossing Lake Cooroibah you feel like you are miles from anywhere and the sense of space and freedom is wonderful.
At the other side of the lake, the river narrows and begins its winding journey to Lake Cootharaba some 8km further upstream. One of my favourite times during our sunset cruise is when we stop in the river just past the end of Lake Cooroibah and drift silently beside the bushland of the Great Sandy National Park. This far up-stream, we are often the only boat on the river and the peacefulness and natural beauty of the area are a wonderful escape from the everyday.
I love it when we drift silently beside the national park in the golden light just before sunset.
After enjoying the peacefulness of the lake, we return downstream, to Noosa Heads. As we travel back the sun begins to finally set, and we time our arrival at the mouth of the river to coincide with the final moments of the day.
Sunset from the sandbar near the mouth of the Noosa River.
Often, some of the most spectacular scenes arrive after the sun has actually set, as the clouds overhead begin to light up. The 20 minutes after sunset can be extraordinary and, like a lucky dip, you never know what you will get until it happens.
Enjoying sunset out on the river is a fantastic way to end the day in Noosa.
If you would like to experience the Noosa River and Lakes at sunset, we offer a variety of tours on our gorgeous 1940s style mahogany speed boat Noosa Dream. Our tours are for private groups of up to 5 people, and include a knowledgable commentary on the local area and complimentary digital photos of your group. We are BYO, so if you would like to toast the sunset at Lake Cooroibah, you bring the bubbly and we will bring an ice bucket and glasses.
Details of our sunset tour options are here.
If you would like to experience something extra special and unique at sunset, we recommend our sandbar picnic escape special package. You’ll enjoy a wonderful 90 minute cruise through the river and lake and a delicious private catered picnic on the river mouth sandbar, where you can watch the setting sun from the comfort of your own picnic blanket.
Another delicious option for your sunset cruise is to combine it with a fantastic meal at acclaimed Rickys river bar + restaurant. Our special package with Rickys is very popular and we can drop you directly at Rickys wharf for your meal at the end of your cruise.
When you contact us to book one of these options, let us know that you would like to be out for sunset and we will tailor the time of your cruise to suit.
To book a cruise, simply call Sandy on 0414 990 708 or contact us here.
We look forward to sharing a Noosa River sunset with you sometime soon.
Michael and Sandy.
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