As the most prolific creators of paddle guides for Australian waterways in recent years, we at Global Paddler are often asked which we think are the best and whether we have any favourites. While we firmly believe that every destination covered by a Global Paddler guide has its own special character and is worth visiting at least once in your lifetime, there can be no denying that some waterways will always have an extra special place in our hearts. Without further ado, here are our top 5 paddles in Queensland, the state “where Australia shines”.
Number 5: Theodore
Theodore’s tropical garden themed town plan blends beautifully with its Dawson River environment. To see the waterway that undoubtedly influenced the town’s design, simply follow the flow of movement and style down the main street.
Number 4: Lake Borumba
If anyone ever asks “What’s so great about paddling?”, take them to Lake Borumba. Densely forested hills rise up on all sides, wildlife put on regular show stopping performances, and every scene deserves a photograph.
Number 3: Lake Awoonga
If Lake Awoonga were an opera it would be Aida. If it were a movie it would be Ben Hur. The big, bold, dramatic opening scene casts a spell that keeps you wide-eyed, open-mouthed, and captivated to the very end.
Number 2: Lake Paluma
What’s both tropical and refreshing? No, it’s not a Pine Lime Splice. It’s Lake Paluma, high in the landscape between Townsville and Ingham. At nine hundred metres above sea level, it’s a cool alternative to the coast.
Number 1: Upper Noosa River
To experience the breathtaking loveliness of a stunning natural environment reflected in the dark eyes of a gorgeous slow-dancing beauty is to have truly discovered Nirvana. This heaven on earth is manna for Mother Nature’s faithful and a persuasive reason for doubters to believe.
Comprehensive paddle guides for all of these locations containing maps, colour photographs, logistical information and written descriptions can be found on the Global Paddler website and in The Paddler’s Guide to Queensland guidebook. Global Paddler memberships and books are available now from the Global Paddler online store.