Noosa Biosphere Reserve is one of 550 UNESCO designated biospheres worldwide. There are currently 15 official biosphere reserves in Australia and in 2007, Noosa was the first one in Queensland. Noosa Biosphere Reserve includes Noosa National Park, Noosa River, Lake Weyba, Lake Cootharaba and parts of the hinterland.
Noosa Biosphere Reserve covers 150 000 hectares from 3 kilometers off the coastline of Peregian Beach in the south to Mt Cooran in the west, with many different ecosystems within its vicinity. From the marine eco-systems to sand dunes, wetlands, woodlands, lakes and volcanic mountains, there is plenty to be explored.
Nature on our doorstep:
I was intrigued to discover that Noosa is part of the biogeographical region known as the "Macleay - McPherson Overlap Zone" which is exceptionally rich in biodiversity. This is where the northern Torresian and southern Bassian floras and faunas of Australia meet and overlap. Which explains the unusual abundance of birds, bats, amphibians and snakes. There are 626 different identified types of fauna and 1 365 different types of flora, many of which are classified as 'vulnerable' or 'endangered'.
Noosa Ferry Cruise Company conduct daily tours ($45 adults/ $20 children) of the coastal section of the Noosa Biosphere region. Tours depart Noosa Heads at 10 am, with binoculars provided and information booklets to help identify rare species along the way. Bookings are essential as they also supply complimentary morning tea and a guided nature walk.
Celebrate Noosa Biosphere Festival:
Each September, the Noosa Biosphere Festival takes place at Noosaville Lions Park. This is a fun, family day out including educational workshops and entertainment throughout the day.
Floating Land Festival - May 2013
Floating Land Festival, 2013:
This is an outdoor sculpture exhibition running from Friday, May 31st - Sunday, June 9th, 2013. The environmental art festival largely exhibits from Boreen Point, Lake Cootharaba with other satellite locations across the Sunshine Coast region.
Voices of the Biosphere - Community Radio:
Catch up on all things Noosa Biosphere on 101.3 FM every Friday, from 11am - 12 noon. This is the place to keep up to date on all current biosphere related news and events in the region.
So, next time you're heading for Noosa, make the effort to explore the Biosphere Reserve and appreciate the amazing diversity of flora and fauna we have so close to home.