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Welcome to Noosa 

In the words of our traditional owners the Kabi Kabi people, ‘Wunya Ngulum’ – welcome to Kabi Kabi country.

Found approximately 90minutes from Brisbane on Queensland's, Sunshine Coast, Noosa is a unique destination... a multi-faceted gem. Superb beaches and point breaks, a pristine lazy river winding its way upstream to one of only two everglades systems on Earth, hinterland villages that calm the soul, brilliant shopping, gastronomy, events, art and culture... and a favourite destination for fun and adventure!

Traditional owners

Noosa is home to the Kabi Kabi people whose land stretches roughly 100km south and 150km north of Noosa. The Kabi Kabi’s rich and dynamic cultural heritage is tens of thousands of years old. It is ingrained in the landscape – inseparable from the landforms, the flora and fauna, the ocean and waterways, the lakes, wetlands and rainforests of our region.

What to Expect

Noosa locals are friendly and relaxed and they love the good things in life. What are the good things, we hear you ask?...

It’s balmy sunshine and blue skies almost year-round. It’s calm, relaxing beaches and rolling waves just around the corner. It’s the diverse tapestry of waterways and national parks. It’s the local, seasonal food dished up by a world-class chefs. It’s an array of adventure and fun and it’s topped off with nights out on Hastings Street or relaxing evenings in boutique accommodation. Or a resort. Or glamping. Whatever you prefer, really.

Enter the Biosphere

Noosa is famed for its stretching sands and surrounding green spaces of National Parks, wetlands and protected area. Our people have long been passionate about protecting this special coastline from pollution and over-development. This is why still today, locals and visitors can enjoy pristine beaches, bountiful nature reserve and the many National Parks that surround the region. 

Noosa was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2007, recognising the Noosa community’s ongoing commitment to nurturing an environment that is rich in natural beauty, biodiversity in native animal and plant species, and cultural heritage. Biosphere Reserves are internationally designated and protected areas that demonstrate a balanced relationship between people and nature.

Noosa is also home to a World Surfing Reserve 

In 2017, Noosa became the 10th World Surfing Reserve, recognising decades of best practice in coastal management and protection that have resulted in Noosa's international reputation as one of surfing’s natural wonders.

In Noosa, people have long been passionate about protecting its coastline from pollution and over-development. This is why still today, locals and visitors can enjoy pristine beaches, outstanding surf zones and an abundance of wildlife in the water and coastline of Noosa.

The Noosa World Surfing Reserve has taken on the responsibility of helping to continue that protection into future generations.

A World Surfing Reserve identifies, designates and preserves outstanding waves, surf zones and surrounding environments around the world, serving as a global model for preserving wave breaks and their surrounding areas by recognising and protecting the key environmental, cultural, economic and community attributes.