The Noosa Biosphere Reserve and adjoining Great Sandy Biosphere Reserve are home to an amazing array of wildlife, fauna and changing environments, and there are endless ways to explore them – all within easy reach of Noosa’s beachfront, riverside and country hospitality.
A comfortable pair of walking shoes, water bottle, hat and sunscreen will take you a long way in Noosa, whether you're looking for an easy coastal walk or a multi-day hike through wilderness areas. Combine a walk in the upper reaches of the Noosa River with a paddle through the Noosa Everglades (one of only two everglades systems in the world) for a stunning look at Noosa that's off the beaten track.
Another event that showcases some of the hinterland's stunning scenery is the annual Pomona King of the Mountain Festival on Sunday 23 July that has family-friendly races, a 3km family fun run, heritage markets, antiques fair, tug o war, amusement rides, local cuisine and live music. It finishes with the 4.2km main race up the steep, almost vertical mountain face and back. Entrants come from around Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Rim and the UK to compete. This is a beautiful and challenging walk at any time.
Noosa is on the doorstep of World Heritage-listed Fraser Island or K’gari (pictured below), the indigenous name in the Butchulla people's language, meaning "a beautiful place". The island, the largest sand island in the world, is home to the spectacular 90km Fraser Island Great Walk through landscapes that change from kilometres or sandy beaches to cliffs of multi-coloured sands, stunningly clear freshwater lakes and rainforest canopies. The entire walk takes 6–8 days to complete or you can do a number of short walks that range from easy strolls to half-day and full-day adventures.
Day and overnight tours leave from Noosa for Fraser Island but if you're planning on doing the walk and taking it at your own pace, hire a 4WD in Noosa and head up the sand highway. Of course you'll need somewhere to retire to each night - The Beachcamp Eco Retreat on K’gari (pictured below) is a unique glamping experience that will have you relaxing into island life in no time. It's in the heart of the island with easy access to facilities.
Book your Noosa walking adventure at visitnoosa.com.au or phone 1 3000 NOOSA (within Australia) or +61 7 5430 5000 (outside Australia).