Nature

Noosa and its surrounds are blessed with a stunning array of spectacular and breathtakingly beautiful natural attractions which can be visited all year round, with a moderately warm climate 12 months of the year. Beaches from Coolum to Noosa North Shore welcome you with pristine sand and clear blue water, but delve a little deeper and you will find the Noosa region has many wonderful and unique spots where you can discover nature in all of its glory.

At one end of Main Beach is Noosa National Park, ideal for walks and hikes to fabulous hidden beaches. Many native animals live in the National Park including koalas and birds of all varieties and you can often see marine life such as whales (during migration season, from June to October), sea turtles and dolphins swimming up and down the coastline.

The Noosa River meanders through Noosaville and on to the calm waters of Noosa’s lakes. The region is also home to the pristine Everglades, within 20 minutes of the hinterland, and is the gateway to World Heritage-listed Fraser Island where tours will take you past the Coloured Sands and Double Island Point.

National Surfing Reserve

Noosa is one of Australia’s newest National Surfing Reserves, which recognises the environmental, heritage, sporting and cultural value of a destination. Noosa was awarded National Surfing Reserve status in March 2015 and this international status recognises Noosa’s five famous point breaks, from the Noosa River mouth to the northern end of Sunshine Beach, including all of Noosa’s iconic point breaks in and around Noosa National Park.

Noosa’s pristine beaches offer a timeless and iconic experience enjoyed by not only locals but also the many visitors to the Noosa area.

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Noosa Biosphere Reserve

Explore on your own spontaneous adventure or book one of the many eco tours run by professional guides who will show you why the Noosa region has been afforded international Biosphere Reserve status by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

UNESCO Biosphere Reserve status, like World Heritage status, recognises places around the world that have outstanding natural environments, however Biosphere Reserves also include communities that are working towards living sustainably.
The Noosa Biosphere Reserve community actively promotes harmony between people and nature through education, conservation and sustainable development.

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Noosa Eco Check

The Noosa community's passion and commitment to protecting and preserving the natural environment over many decades is one of the reasons that the region was declared an international  Biosphere Reserve. In keeping with this, Tourism Noosa developed Noosa Eco Check, an easy-to-use online program to encourage our tourism industry and community to learn about and implement environmentally friendly practices that can help preserve Noosa's environment for future generations, ensuring our region becomes a truly sustainable and eco-friendly destination.

Noosa Eco Check has information, case studies, tips and useful actions in the areas of energy, water, waste, cleaning, sustainable gardens, conservation, communication and corporate social responsibility that can be implemented at home and at work that will save money and help protect Noosa's environment. Noosa Eco Check aims to inspire and encourage our community to do whatever they can - from something as simple as using an alternative to disposable coffee cups, or picking up a piece of rubbish that would otherwise find its way into our waterways.

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Visitors to our region can also do their bit to help ensure the beautiful nature that surrounds is still here for generations to enjoy. Here are some simple ways you can help our environment while on holiday in Noosa:

1.    Use your own steam.
Choose to explore our wonderful environment in the most natural way possible.  Most of Noosa Heads, Noosa Junction, Noosaville and Tewantin can easily be explored without a car.  Instead walk, ride or paddle – there are many great walking and cycling tracks in the Noosa area or hire a kayak or stand-up paddleboard to explore our magnificent waterways.

2.    Car hire – choose hybrid.  
If you choose to hire a car to explore the diverse Noosa Biosphere hinterland region, then choose a hybrid car (if travelling from Brisbane).  Not only will you be sending a positive message to the car industry, you will use less fuel, saving you money.

3.    Reduce your laundry.  
Laundry consumes a large percentage of hotels’ energy for hot water.  Be willing to use your towels and sheets for more than one day and help hotels to reduce their energy use, saving money and the environment.

4.    Recycle your guide books and brochures, use mobile websites and social media.
If you collect information brochures and guidebooks, return them at the end of your stay or leave them in your room for the next guest to enjoy.  It also leaves your suitcase a little lighter for the trip home.  Also, check out our mobile website on your smart phone and social media to help you navigate, plan and enjoy your time in the Noosa Biosphere Reserve. Visit our facebook page for more information.

5.   Place all your fishing waste in the specially marked bins so our wildlife do not get tangled in it.

6.   Refuse all plastic bags during your stay - you can do it!

7.   Collect any rubbish - your own or others and dispose of properly.

8.   Use water wisely.

9.   Understand that migrating birds on the banks of the Noosa River need to rest undisturbed - they have flown 1000s of kilometres!

10.  Learn about how unique Noosa is by:

All these tips reduce your human footprint and create positive benefits for the Noosa Biosphere Reserve.

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