What are the Everglades and Noosa Biosphere?

Welcome to the Noosa Everglades, also known as the “River of Mirrors.” This stunning 65km stretch of water is famous for its amazing reflections, surrounded by pristine flora and fauna.

An Everglade is described as “a tract of low, swampy land characterised by tall grass and branching waterways”.

The Noosa Everglades encompass the branching waterways across the Noosa River catchment area. The southern region where we operate features Lake Weyba & Doonella, along with Noosa’s own stingray sanctuary. The central region features Lake Cooroibah and the upper Noosa River into Lake Cootharaba and the northern end of the system.

We reference each of the Lakes as ‘Gateways’ into the branching waterways that make up the Noosa Everglades and the “River of Mirrors.”

Join us on a tour where we use Lake Weyba as our Gateway into the southern end of the Everglades and a section that acts as a nursery for juvenile stingrays.

Did you know that there are only two everglades in the world? One is in Florida, and the other is right here in Noosa, Queensland. Both locations share a similar climate and latitude and are home to abundant and rare wildlife, including a wide variety of bird species.

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The Noosa Everglades

Unique Ecosystem: The Noosa Everglades are one of only two everglades systems in the world and are often referred to as the “River of Mirrors” due to the reflective quality of the water.

Biodiversity: This region boasts a rich diversity of plant and animal life. Rare and endangered species, including various bird species and the iconic Australian lungfish, inhabit the area.

Flora and Fauna: The wetlands are home to diverse vegetation, including paperbark trees, eucalyptus forests, and intricate water lilies, creating a picturesque and ecologically vital landscape.

Kayaking Routes: There are several kayaking routes catering to different skill levels. Paddlers can explore the upper reaches near Lake Cootharaba or venture downstream into the heart of the everglades.

Self-Guided and Guided Tours: While experienced kayakers can embark on self-guided journeys, many opt for guided tours led by knowledgeable local guides. These guides provide insights into the ecology, history, and Aboriginal heritage of the region.

Tidal Influence: The everglades experience tidal influence, with saltwater from the ocean mixing with freshwater, creating a unique ecosystem that supports a variety of aquatic life.

Environmental Conservation: The Noosa Everglades are part of the Noosa Biosphere Reserve, a globally recognized area committed to balancing conservation and sustainable development.

Aboriginal Heritage: The traditional custodians of the land, the Gubbi Gubbi people, have a deep cultural connection to the Noosa Everglades, and guided tours often include insights into the region’s indigenous history.

Stunning Scenery: Paddlers are treated to breathtaking scenery, with the calm water reflecting the surrounding landscapes, creating a serene and visually striking environment that captivates all who venture into its waters.

The Noosa Biosphere

Nestled along the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, Australia, the Noosa Biosphere Reserve stands as a testament to the delicate balance between nature and human habitation. Here are key features and reasons why the Noosa Biosphere is a unique and precious ecological gem:

Global Recognition: Designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2007, the Noosa Biosphere holds international acclaim for its commitment to sustainable development and environmental conservation.

Diverse Ecosystems: Encompassing over 150,000 hectares, the biosphere showcases a diverse range of ecosystems, including pristine waterways, lush forests, and vibrant coastal areas.

Rich Biodiversity: The region is a haven for biodiversity, supporting a myriad of plant and animal species. Rare and endemic flora and fauna find refuge in this protected area.

Conservation and Development Harmony: The Noosa Biosphere is a pioneering example of harmonizing conservation efforts with sustainable development. It seeks to strike a balance between human activities and the preservation of natural resources.

Community Engagement: A unique aspect of the biosphere is its strong emphasis on community engagement. Local residents, businesses, and Indigenous communities actively participate in the preservation and sustainable management of the area.

Cultural Heritage: The biosphere recognizes and respects the rich cultural heritage of the Gubbi Gubbi people, the traditional custodians of the land. Their cultural practices and deep connection to the environment are integral to the biosphere’s identity.

Educational Initiatives: The Noosa Biosphere promotes environmental awareness through various educational programs. These initiatives aim to instill a sense of responsibility and appreciation for the natural world among residents and visitors alike.

Recreational Opportunities: While conservation is paramount, the biosphere offers a range of recreational activities, from hiking through pristine national parks to kayaking in the reflective waters of the Noosa Everglades.

Research and Monitoring: Scientists and researchers play a crucial role in monitoring the health of the ecosystem. Ongoing studies contribute valuable insights into sustainable environmental practices.

Preservation of Noosa’s Identity: The Noosa Biosphere acts as a guardian of Noosa’s unique identity, ensuring that future generations can continue to enjoy the region’s natural beauty while fostering a sense of responsibility for its protection.

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