Maroochy River- lower section


The Maroochy River can be paddled from near Yandina, north of Nambour, to the sea at Maroochydore, on the Sunshine Coast. The guidebook covers the river in a lower, and an upper section. As there is a concentration of commercial canoe hire in this tourist and holiday location, the satellite photographs and map have been included in a much larger resolution. Accordingly, there are, above, two maps and two satellite photographs covering the river from the mouth to just above David Low Bridge and Muller Park ramp.

The lower Maroochy river enters the sea at Maroochydore, between sandy surf beaches. This is a marine estuary environment, very much exposed to wind and tide. At low tide the area just upstream from the mouth has a wide expanse of sandbanks, and several low sandy islands with casuarina or she-oak trees. The deeper water channel upstream from the mouth is found close to the northern shore (Main Channel) and close to the southern shoreline (South Channel).

There are several boat ramps on the river, and canoes can be launched at numerous other locations as the road runs next to the river, and the banks are soft sand.

The section often has busy traffic, including powercraft, PWC's (jetskis) waterskiers, sailing craft, kite-surfers, patrolling Surf Life Saver inflatables,and more. The wind can be strong, and a heavy wave chop then found away from the shore. There are breaking waves at the bar at the mouth.

The paddling at Petrie Creek has its own guidebook entry, and the paddling on the Eudlo Creek deserves mention. It is seven kilometres upstream from the mouth to the David Low Bridge, and another three and a half kilometres more to the Stony Wharf Road ramp, western side of the river.

Local accomodation
Absolute riverfront self contained family cabins. Launch your kayak from your front door. Maroochy River Resort & Bungalows.  Email: relax@maroochyriverbungalows.com.au    Web: www.maroochyriverbungalows.com.au  ph 07 5448 4911
Click on thumbnails below photos to see larger images
Pincushion and Old Women Island looking upstream from the mouth of Petrie Creek Goat Island river mouth ramp on Bradman Avenue from Oyster Bank Road
Maroochy mouth
Maroochy upstream from Petrie Creek confluence
Goat Island near the mouth
Bradman Ave ramp view from Oyster Bank Road