Noosa Biosphere Reserve

Noosa was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2007 and the biosphere recognition was reconfirmed in 2018. But what is a biosphere?

The definition of a biosphere, is an internationally designated and protected area that demonstrates a balanced relationship between people and nature.

There are 748 biosphere reserves in 134 countries. Noosa is one of only three in Queensland, along with the neighbouring Great Sandy and the Sunshine Coast Biosphere Reserves - the only three 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 very definition of a biosphere!

Noosa's strong record of a community that works together to create harmony between people and nature, a commitment to low-rise development and protecting large tracts of land are some of the reasons for the Noosa Biosphere Reserve declaration.


  • 35% of Noosa's land is protected
  • 44% of all Australian bird species are found in Noosa
  • Noosa is home to 1365 species of plants and 711 species of native fauna
  • 60 distinct ecosystems can be found in Noosa

You can help us protect the unique Noosa Biosphere Reserve on your visit to Noosa. Want to find out how? Click here.

Noosa Biosphere Contact Details

+61(0)7 5474 0932