Maroochy River - Yandina to Stony Wharf Road ramp


The Maroochy River can be paddled from near Yandina, north of Nambour, to the sea at Maroochydore. The guidebook covers the river in a lower, and an upper section.

The upper Maroochy River usually has very little flow, and becomes capable of being paddled only when it becomes tidal. The river is weed choked and barely moving at Yandina. The small bridge on Vee Road appears to be the limit of tidal reach. At more than mid tide it is possible to launch from a small gravel bank on the downstream southern side of the low bridge. There is shallow water for fifty metres downstream, before the river deepens. Photograph above is the river just above the tidal reach.

Alternatively, there is a launch point on the Yandina-Coolum Road just east of Banyandah Street, from Coulson's Wharf Park (right side of the road before crossing the North Maroochy River). It is possible to park thirty metres from the river. A small watercourse descends from the right side of the park, to the river, where there are the remnants of a wooden wharf and small gauge railway. The launch point is small but accessible. Paddle downstream to join the Maroochy, or go upstream to explore.

Six kilometres downstream from Vee Road on the southern bank is a boat ramp at Lake Dunethin. From there it is ten kilometres more downstream to a gravel ramp at Stony Wharf Road. The shore vegetation changes to mangroves. The road into Stony Wharf Road ramp goes past a wetland sanctuary, and some remnant rainforest. If you want to explore Coolum Creek, it is on the right 2.5 kilometres upstream from Stony Wharf Road ramp. That will give you at least four kilometres paddling in a creek with dense vegetation on the bank.

Local Accomodation: The Riverhouse on Maroochy http://www.maroochyriver.net/
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launch gravel bank, Vee Road, Yandina Coulsen's Wharf Park launch Looking across the river from Dunethin Lake launch Stony Wharf Road ramp
Vee Rd, Yandina
Coulsen's Wharf park
Mt Ninderry from Dunethin Lake ramp
Stony Wharf Road ramp