So, you're a lucky fish and tripping off to Noosa - a day trip, holidaying? - and really need to include your furry-family members but not sure where to exercise them? I've found the perfect spot! In the park adjacent to the foreshore of Weyba Creek between Lake Weyba Drive and the south-western boundary of the South Pacific Resort and the Australian Rules Football Ground is Weyba Esplanade Park, furry family members' doggy playground!
A large expanse of grassed area running alongside the Noosa River, will allow your four-legged best friends to run, off-leash, at all times, while you have the opportunity to relax at the picnic tables provided and enjoy the bird life or have a chat to all the other 'mortal' parents.
Parking is provided and the whole area has paved walkways, so why not take a stroll yourself while tossing the ball for your four-legged pal. The obligatory 'doggy-do' bags are also available and bins, so no need to take the extra 'luggage' home with you.
Shallow waters of Lake Weyba - Image: Elaine de Wet
Within walking distance of the doggy park, the Noosa River runs into Lake Weyba, a name considered to be derived from an aboriginal word waiam meaning flying squirrel or stingray. Feathertail gliders can be seen around the lake gliding from tree to tree in the evenings and stingrays are in abundance in the warm shallow waters.
The Gubbi Gubbi tribe were the first inhabitants of the Weyba area, which was favoured by the local indigenous tribe for its rich diversity of animal and plant life.
The Lake Weyba catchment has high levels of biodiversity and numerous rare amphibians and reptile species can be found within these delicate ecosystems. Bird watchers are catered for as the diverse range of habitat attracts numerous threatened species of waterbirds and migratory species, including the Rainbow Bee-eater which is the subject of the Japanese Australian Migratory Bird Agreement. Cockatoos, including the Glossy Black Cockatoo can be seen utilising the ancient eucalypts along the shore for roosting sites. We were fortunate to see some white Cockatoos, Rainbow Lorikeets and pelicans.
A stunning area, whether you're into birdwatching, fishing, kayaking or just taking your furry four-legged family members for some exercise, Weyba Esplanade Park and Lake Weyba are great locations to bookmark.