THE pristine Noosa Everglades was the perfect setting for former Australian kayaking champion Vivienne Golding to combine her two passions: kayaking and inspiring others to achieve their potential.
Vivienne, who has competed at an international level, almost had her passion snatched from her when she was hit by a truck in 1994.
She broke her pelvis in eight places and underwent years of physiotherapy.
Although she had already retired in 1989, Vivienne was passionate about water sports and was working in the industry, teaching others and leading expeditions.
"The accident would have killed or paralysed most people," she said.
"It was because of how fit I was, thanks to my sport, that I survived and was able to return to the water."
The accident further inspired Vivienne to pursue her dream of starting her own kayaking business.
Years later, she was on a kayaking trip on the Sunshine Coast and was struck by the natural beauty of the Noosa area.
She met her business partner, Kym McGregor, who has a background in social work and self-development, and in 2003, Kanu Kapers was born.
"We wanted to combine team development and the outdoors so brought the two together," Vivienne said.
Based at Boreen Point, Kanu Kapers offers corporate and team development, and self-guided or guided kayaking tours of the Noosa Everglades, or retreats that combine the two.
The adventure business offers a range of options perfect for corporate team building, school leadership camps, or just a weekend trip.
Individuals or groups can choose half-day, full-day, two-day or three-day kayaking tours along the Noosa Everglades, also referred to as the "River of Mirrors" for its unspoiled, reflective tranquillity.
Kanu Kapers is known for its distinctive purple and yellow sea kayaks, which stand out against the brown waters of shallow Lake Cootharaba, the starting point for the tours.
An overnight tour allows time to explore Kin Kin Creek and the narrows of the Noosa River, camping overnight at Fig Tree Point.
For keen kayakers, a three-day tour includes the opportunity to walk up to Cooloola Sandpatch, a great expanse of white sand that provides beautiful panoramic views.
"You don't have to be an expert kayaker to enjoy the experience," Vivienne said.
"It can be done at your own pace, with plenty of time to just enjoy the beautiful surroundings."
- Launch the kayaks from Elanda Point with expert guidance.
- Explore the beautiful Kin Kin Creek.
- See turtles and kingfishers at the Noosa Narrows.
- Camp overnight at Fig Tree Point. Watch out for the goannas and scrub turkeys, as they will try to share your dinner.
- See the historic log hut at Harry's Hut and read about its story.
- Stop at the Cooloola Sandpatch and climb up for panoramic views of the area.
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