Australia's Nature Coast showcases not one Biosphere Reserves but two adjoining ones, a nature display seen nowhere else in the world. The Great Sandy and Noosa Biosphere Reserves side-by-side, present visitors with beautiful landscapes and a uniquely rich and diverse natural experience.
The Great Sandy Biosphere Reserve offers an impressive natural beauty and diversity. It is home for more than 7,500 recorded species of flora and fauna, half of Australia's bird species and has greater fish diversity than the entire Great Barrier Reef. It also contains the world’s largest unconsolidated sand mass, highest perched dune fresh water lakes and tallest and most complex rainforests growing on sand; only to name a few of its many wonders.
The magnificent Noosa Biosphere Reserve is home to many rare and endangered animals, such as dugongs and platypus, as well as to 1,365 species of plants and even an endemic flower species named Key's Boronia. Noosa Biosphere Reserve's great variety of flora and fauna is found throughout its 60 distinct ecosystems, offering a true show of natural spectacles. Being designated as a Biosphere Reserve under UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Program is an acknowledgement of a region’s unique natural assets and of the absolute need of protecting and maintaining it for future generations. The program promotes environmental protection, without neglecting the need for economic growth, leading to the recognition of three main functions of a biosphere reserve: conservation, sustainable human and economic development, and education.
A remarkable region, the Great Sandy includes many of Australia’s iconic natural features, internationally recognised as having significant cultural and conservation value.
Designated in 2009, under UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere programme, the Great Sandy Biosphere builds on the understanding that preserving our natural resources is integral to addressing the the future impacts of climate change and other global challenges.
Great Sandy Biosphere
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Queensland's first UNESCO Biosphere promoting harmony between people and nature through education, conservation and sustainable activities
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