Noosa World Surfing Reserve
While Noosa may generate marvel in the eyes of tourists, the same feeling is held in the hearts of surfers that flock here every year due to its surf culture. Surfing used to be bound to Noosa Main Beach, but once surfers of the culture's founding generation began exploring the area, they found endless waves and formed a community which has subsequently led to Noosa being named as part of the World’s Surfing Reserve in March of 2017.
The surfing community within Noosa has done its due diligence to protect the waves and environment through efforts to minimise coastal development and increase the expansion of Noosa National Park. Noosa was selected as the 10th World Surfing Reserve by Save the Waves, an organisation dedicated to preserving some the best surf breaks in the world.
Noosa consists of several point breaks, including First Point and Likewise Johnsons, also known as "Little Cove". Breaks like these are ideal for those learning to surf but proceed with caution, as they sit on very shallow sand breaks that can create a heavy, hollow wave during low tide.
The preservation of the environment surrounding these surf breaks is the main reason behind the selection of Noosa as a world-class surf reserve, as three of Noosa's most prestigious waves are within the national park itself. These breaks include Boiling Pot, Granite Bay, and Tea Tree Bay that can provide something for all surfers. Generations of surfers have played a large part in protecting these areas and including them as part of Noosa National Park.
The surfing season is best from December to May, which coincides with the cyclone season, but you will generally find something to surf there year round. However, the region can experience “dry” swells during late winter or early spring. In March, the Noosa Festival of Surfing takes place every year, bringing together surfers from all around the world to this special destination. Whether you're an avid surfer or an admirer of its culture, travelling to Noosa means travelling to the heart of a vibrant surf culture for generations to come.