Boreen Point is one of those places that you think have almost disappeared. You know the kind – a tiny little township, a bit ramshackle, but with a quiet waterfront-village feel. It is at the total opposite end of the spectrum to Hastings Street at Noosa – which for many people is a great thing!
Boreen Point is situated on Lake Cootharaba, which is about 20 minutes drive north west of Noosa. Lake Cootharaba is notable because is 10 km long, 5 km wide, with an average depth of only 1.5 meters! While I have been on the lake many times, I have never jumped out of my boat to test just how shallow the water was in the middle.
Separated from the Pacific Ocean by narrow sand dunes and a beach, the Lake Cootharaba gets good ocean breezes, but is virtually flat. The lake has predominant sea breezes, providing some of the best flat water sailing conditions in the world. This makes it incredibly popular with the sailing community – particularly trail-able catamarans and dinghies, sail boards and kite surfers. The Lake Cootharaba Sailing Club regularly hosts state and national sailing titles.
Lake Cootharaba, because of its shallow water, also makes Boreen Point extremely popular for family holidays. The camp ground is situated next to a sandy beach, at which children can walk 100 m offshore and still only be waist deep!
At the time of writing, sadly the cafe at the top of the hill had closed down so be prepared to brew your own quality coffee if you need your daily fix. The convenience store near the sailing club was doing a roaring trade though. As always, the Apollonian Hotel can be relied upon for a great pub meal. If there is a sailing event on, or it is a peak time of the year, you are well advised to book in advance. Take a torch too – the kids like to go out on the front lawn and play. Giving them a torch makes it easy to spot your child while you are sitting down enjoying your meal!
We have holidayed at Boreen Point many times over the last 10 years, both camping and in rented holiday houses. Don’t go expecting a plush five star hotel. But it is highly recommended if you want to go there for a family holiday, chill out and let the young kids safely play in the water.
When it is time for your Noosa fix, it is only 20 minutes down the road. But if you are anything like me, you will be glad to get back to Boreen Point.