Finding tranquility in Noosa
Noosa was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2007 and the recognition was reconfirmed in 2018. Biosphere reserves are internationally designated and protected areas that demonstrate a balanced relationship between people and nature. There are 669 biosphere reserves in 120 countries worldwide. Noosa is one of only two in Queensland, along with the neighbouring Great Sandy Biosphere Reserve on Fraser Island and adjacent mainland coastline, and they are the only two adjoining biosphere reserves in the world.
The Noosa community has a long and proud history of nurturing the region’s environment that is rich in natural beauty, biodiversity in native animal and plant species and cultural heritage. The region displays a strong record of a community that works together to create harmony between people and nature and a commitment to low-rise development and protecting large tracts of land. These are just some of the reasons for the bio-sphere declaration.
Immerse yourself in this abundance of nature by exploring the upper reaches of the Noosa River as it extends into the Noosa Everglades.
Known as the River of Mirrors because of the amazing reflections in the water, the Noosa Everglades is a 60km stretch of pristine waters, magnificent flora and fauna, and narrow waterways. One of only two everglade systems in the world (along with Florida), this unique environment is relatively untouched. It’s a haven for photographers, birdwatchers and nature lovers. Although it’s one of Noosa’s hidden spots, it’s easy to get to, can take as little as half a day to explore (though you can stay longer) and is only about 40 minutes from Noosa Heads.
Kayak tours leave from Boreen Point (about 25 minutes drive from Noosa Heads), and boat tours leave from Elanda Point. If you have a boat, head into the upper reaches of the Noosa River and into the lakes system.
Discover the upper reaches of the Noosa River as it extends into the Noosa Everglades. Known as the River of Mirrors because of the amazing reflections in the water, the Noosa Everglades is a 60km stretch of pristine waters, magnificent flora and fauna and narrow waterways. One of only two everglade systems in the world, the Everglades stretch across two UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, the Noosa and Great Sandy, and are safe to swim in.
COOLOOLA GREAT WALK
Pack your hiking boots for the Cooloola Great Walk, a unique multi-day trek between Noosa and Rainbow Beach. Travel through subtropical rainforests, pristine beaches, secluded swimming spots and to the top of giant sand dunes, with stunning coastal and hinterland views.
NOOSA TRAIL NETWORK
Eight scenic hinterland trails make up the Noosa Trail Network, just half an hour from Noosa’s beaches, traversing the country towns of Cooroy, Pomona, Cooran and Kin Kin through farmlands, forests and spectacular mountain lookouts. The trails are suitable for walking, hiking, horse-riding or mountain biking.
TEWANTIN NATIONAL PARK
The Tewantin National Park encompasses Mt Tinbeerwah and the Wooroi Trails. The park is home to protected areas of rainforest, open eucalypt forest and remnants of wallum heath that provide refuge for native wildlife including echidnas and koalas.
NOOSA NATIONAL PARK
The Noosa National Park, just a short walk from Hastings Street, is home to koalas (there’s often one high in the trees not far from the park entrance), wallabies, the protected brush turkey and goanna. Look out to sea as you walk the coastal tracks and you might spot turtles as they bob up for air, dolphins or whales (June to October).
Surrounded by all this natural beauty, Noosa is a wildlife wonderland – a safe home for our native animals, birds and sea creatures. In fact, the Noosa Biosphere Reserve is home to 3023 wildlife species (more than 700 are native) – from kangaroos and glossy black cockatoos to possums, echidna and flying foxes.
Snorkel or dive the pristine waters to discover reef fish, bottlenose dolphins and loggerhead turtles, or walk the forest and National Park trails to see wildlife in their natural habitat.
A BIRD LOVER’S PARADISE
Noosa is a bird lover’s paradise with more than 44% of all of Australia’s bird species, including the white bellied sea eagle, Brahminy kites, great egret or the much-loved pelican, feeding from the end-of-day fisherman’s catch. Follow the Noosa Bird Trail and discover some for yourself!slide 2 of 3
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