Explore Noosa – Biosphere

Noosa was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2007.  Biosphere Reserves are internationally designated and protected areas that demonstrate a balanced relationship between people and nature. There are 669 biosphere reserves in 120 countries. Noosa is one of only two in Queensland.

Did You Know  … 
  • 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 are found in Noosa

Get excited about your Noosa holiday!

Getting around in Noosa

Take a local bus jp.translink.com.au or  hire a car locally  www.rentacarnoosa.com.au and drive to the beaches, shops and local sights around Noosaville,  Noosa Heads and our beautiful hinterland including our local markets.

A  local ferry  www.noosaferry.com is a fabulous way to get from The Islander Noosa Resort to either Hastings Street and Main Beach, or to Noosa Marina www.noosamarina.com.au at Tewantin. It is a peaceful, scenic ride, and kids are encouraged to have a go at tooting the ferry whistle!

Active types can hire a bicycle -Bike On www.bikeon.com.au  deliver direct to you and your family at The Islander Noosa Resort.  Have fun exploring Noosa at your own pace or take one of their Mountain Bike tours – for families, skill builders or thrillseeker levels of ability!

For the romantics, take a Gondala www.gondolasofnoosa.com the beautiful Noosa river. An indulgence you will never forget!


There are so many ways to enjoy yourself and create those Noosa family holiday memories!

Take a drive out to Yandina to visit the famous Ginger factory www.gingerfactory.com.au where ginger is grown, eaten, and enjoyed with the kids entertained on the Ginger Train. A trip for all the family, all ages.

Get lost and found again in the Bellingham Maze bellinghammaze.com or feel the need for speed racing at the Big Kart Track bigkart.com.au.

Take the kids and learn about land and water animals at Australia Zoo www.australiazoo.com.au or SEALIFE www.underwaterworld.com.au.

Step back in time and  take an old fashioned steam train ride on the Mary Valley Rattler www.maryvalleyrattler.com.au, or just get exhausted at the Aussie World  www.aussieworld.com.au theme park.

Outdoor & Adventure

Laze on the pristine beaches of Noosa, soak up the sun, enjoy a swim. Enjoy the Noosa main beach or take in the open stretches of open beaches with kilometres of wide, open spaces to enjoy. 

 Wind your way through the picturesque local waterways, getting glimpses of the aquatic locals who call the region home, see the luxurious waterfront properties that dot the shoreline and get close to the nature reserves and curved sandbars of the beautiful Noosa River with www.noosariverandcanalcruises.com.au

Be your own Captain and hire a boat or kayak at Pelican Boat Hire  Pelican Boat Hire or O Boat Hire and explore the Noosa River and Lakes taking a picnic lunch and swimming in the river along the way.

Learn to Surf,  all ages and just like Gidget and Moondoggy at Noosa Main Beach (www.learntosurf.com.au), or Jetski (www.noosajetskihire.com.au) along the river,  be brave and skydive the heavens  (skydive.com.au/noosa), take a ride on the OceanRider (www.oceanrider.com.au)  or dive the deep sea (sunreef.com.au).

For the brave, go dep sea fishing to the outer reefs www.noosafishing.com or www.noosacharters.com.au  or www.noosabluefishing.com.au.

Fish and crab along the Noosa River  www.noosafishingandcrabadventures.com.au  or www.noosariverfishing.com. Whatever your preference the Noosa region provides an abundance of fish species and marine life.

Horse ride  along the beach or through the bush with Equathon (www.equathon.com)  or Noosa Horse Rising (www.noosahorseriding.com.au)

Be inspired by nature and book whale watching with Noosa Wave (www.noosawave.com.au ) or (www.whaleone.com.autour and swim with these magnificent whales as they migrate through the Qld winter months.

And if you have any energy, test your driving skills at one of the many local golf courses or book a golfing weekend; www.cooroygolf.com.au and www.noosagolf.com.au

Shopping & Markets

 Shop till you drop in  Hastings Street – officially voted the best Main Street in Australia!   Visit the local Noosa Okanui surf shop www.okanui.com and get your boardies and classics.

Take Noosa home in a bottle for you and your loved one.  A marine, unisex fragrance – Noosa only perfume www.acquanoosa.com.au .

Follow the trails to the Art Galleries www.noosaregionalgallery.com.au or drive to the Blackall Range with its village atmosphere, boutique shopping and breathtaking nature walks at Montville, Maleny and Mapleton and check out www.montvilleartgallery.com.au.

Explore the many markets. Wander with the family through the markets, buy gifts to take home to the grandparents and friends and let the kids eat ice creams or have their faces painted!

Shop at the popular and well known Eumundi Markets www.eumundimarkets.com.au  renowned for their variety of art, craft & produce, open Wednesday 8am to 1.30pm and  Saturday mornings 7am to 2pm.

Sunday morning, take the family for yums and local produce to the Noosa Farmers Market www.noosafarmersmarket.com.au  on Weyba Road, Noosa Heads every Sunday from 7.00am – Midday. You will find a wide selection of locally grown produce at the Noosa Farmers Market.

Tewantin Marina Markets www.noosamarina.com.au/noosa-marina-sunday-markets held every Sunday these art and craft markets provide a fantastic atmosphere with cafes, restaurants & live music.

Scenic & National Parks

Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the Noosa National Park www.parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/noosa/about & take in the breathtaking views of the headlands & rocky outcrops or surf one of the breaks on offer at National Park, Tea Tree, Granite & Alexandria Bays.

Otherwise soak up the sun and enjoy a swim at one of the many secluded beaches on offer.

Visit Fraser Island, the 8th wonder of the world. Be escorted by a Ranger on a daytrip where you are met at the resort. Explore the world’s biggest sand island and swim in the crystal clear lakes, surf the white sand and see dingoes and wild brumbies. Contact Reception for help booking tours that depart from the resort and bring you home and include morning teas and lunch, walks and time to swim: www.fraserislandadventuretours.com.au or www.tourfraser.com.au and www.discoveryfraser.com

Directly across from The Islander Noosa Resort, you will find jetties where you can book a trip to visit the Everglades www.evergladesecosafaris.com.au.  As a family on holiday together, see and learn about the waterways and the myriad of wildlife that is a refuge for plants, animals & birds including many endemic and endangered species. 

For the adventurous family take a kayak though the Everglades www.kanukapersaustralia.com  or for those wanting to relax take the afternoon cruise.

Take a leisurely drive and visit the hinterland.   Walk the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve mary-cairncross.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au , open 9am to 4pm most days and enjoy a family outing that’s fun  and educational, too.  Visit Mapleton Falls and stand on the platform over the escarpment high above Obi Obi rainforest and continue to walk through the national park to the Wompoo Circuit and spot the Peregrine Falcon or listen  for the birdsongs of the Wompoo Fruit Dove.

If you are a bird watcher visit Kondalilla National Park home to 107 bird species and the Pouched Frog. Walking trails range from moderate and hard and remember to wear sturdy boots and be prepared.

Eat, Drink & Chill

Noosa has local breweries with restaurants so spend some time and visit them.  Eumundi Brewery www.imperialhoteleumundi.com.au,  Heads of Noosa Brewery www.headsofnoosa.com.au and Land and Sea Brewery www.landandseabrewery.com

or the Pomona Gin Distillery Pomona Distilling Co | Spirits Handcrafted With Passion  or Noosa Gin | The Noosa Gin Company to enjoy lunch and locally made  infused gin drinks.

Why not visit Kenilworth Dairies, www.kenilworthdairies.com.au and taste delicious cheeses and yoghurts made from local dairies or the award winning cheeses at www.malenycheese.com.au or for old fashioned milk (that we supply in your villa), yoghurts, custard and cream visit https://www.malenydairies.com/

See the local tourism website for links to restaurants and cafes  –www.visitnoosa.com.au

Don’t forget the great cafes, restaurants and bars in Noosaville that are just a short stroll from The Islander Noosa Resort.  These are our favourites and also offer a discount to our guests – learn more