Australia's Nature Coast | Naturally Abundant
Australia's Nature Coast brings together a number of unbeatable natural experiences including two UNESCO Biosphere Reserves side by side, the Great Sandy and Noosa Biospheres which put on a nature display seen nowhere else in the world; World Heritage listed Fraser Island; Lady Elliot Island, the most southern island on the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef; 47 State and National Parks; Reserves and Forests; the most incredible up close and personal whale watching and swimming experiences and; over 200 kilometres of pristine beaches, calm rivers and waterways abundant with birdlife.
Two Biosphere Reserves on Australia's Nature Coast
Australia's Nature Coast showcases two adjoining Biospheres, 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 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.