Cruising through Southern Queensland: Warm reflections on an Australian Everglade

The Noosa Everglades in Southern Queensland is a 60km stretch of narrow waterways, pristine wilderness, magnificent birds, plants and native animals, but keep an eye out for snakes and sharks

A world of water and wilderness in the upper reaches of the Noosa river in Southern Queensland, near the renowned Sunshine Coast

We are cruising deep into the pristine waterways and wildlife-rich wetlands of the Everglades. A group of grey kangaroos watches from the shore. Notices placed on the creekside warn against swimming, not for fear from alligators attacking, but from sharks in its tannin-stained depths. Destination Florida? Wrong.

There are only two Everglades on the planet, Florida’s 1.5 million acre wetland wonder and Australia’s lesser known Noosa Everglades, the other such similar ecosystem. This world of ...