Make some waves on river is also a per­fect spot to pull up a pew for the day. Try fish­ing for Noosa River flat­head, or get in early and nab a bar­be­cue that is set up along the shore­line. There are parks for chil­dren, public ameni­ties and plenty of space f

Dalby Herald - - LIFE - LETEA CAVANDER

WHAT hap­pens on the boat stays on the boat. This was the big­gest les­son learnt when seven keen but nau­ti­cal novices cast off on a Noosa River ad­ven­ture a few weeks ago. Our ves­sel of choice was a spa­cious 12-per­son bar­be­cue boat with a top speed of what I would de­scribe as se­date, which was per­fect for a first­time skip­per like me. After a run­down on the safety as­pects, plus how to go for­ward and back­wards and the no-go zones on the river, we were off. The river is a pop­u­lar spot for fish­ers, stand-up pad­dle­board­ers and boat­ies, and I nav­i­gated my way through them all leav­ing the pad­dle­board­ers rock­ing on the wake cre­ated by the boat. There is no need for a ma­rine li­cence for most of the bar­be­cue boats, and the ves­sel was sur­pris­ingly easy to op­er­ate.

SUD­DENLY, THE RIVER I HAD OF­TEN AD­MIRED FROM THE SHORE BE­CAME OUR MA­RINE PLAY­GROUND.

Other rules ap­ply, in­clud­ing a 0.05% blood al­co­hol limit for the skip­per who is also re­spon­si­ble for the safety of the pas­sen­gers on board. Sud­denly, the river I had of­ten ad­mired from the shore be­came our ma­rine play­ground. On a windy day, we put-putted our way to one of the pro­tected canals where we ad­mired the huge homes of Noosa be­fore we pulled up for a feed and swim. Hav­ing a few oldies on board who were not afraid of a drink or two (we call their get-to­geth­ers Se­niors Schoolies) meant the four-hour limit with the boat was enough time to en­joy the river be­fore the crowd got too rowdy. We did en­counter one high­river hi­jinks but, like I said ear­lier, what hap­pens on the boat stays on the boat. Main thing was we found out the ves­sel was pretty hardy. Sev­eral hire boat op­tions dot the Noosa River shore­line at Noosav­ille and a stroll along­side the water­line is the best way to com­pare the quotes. The river walk is about a five-minute drive from Noosa Heads – search for Gympie Ter­race on the sat nav and have fun ne­go­ti­at­ing what feels like a hun­dred round­abouts to get there. And while on a walk, why not stop in for a cheeky beer or feed at the Noosa Yacht and Row­ing Club? The fam­ily friendly es­tab­lish­ment serves up good-size meals in­clud­ing burg­ers and tacos and, if there on Sun­days, a band might even strike up a song guar­an­teed to get the party started. Jag­ging a seat out­side is key to en­joy­ing the view of the wide river and homes on the other side. But if the yacht club does not ap­peal, there are many other restau­rants to choose from and most have river views. If on a tight bud­get, the river

The Noosa River is a boatie’s and fisher’s par­adise that even tourists can get a taste of by hir­ing a boat.

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