Discovering Noosa's beautiful wildlife

The Noosa region and Sunshine Coast is home to a large population native wildlife, leaving you to explore the fauna and flora first hand; on foot, by kayak or boat.

Surrounding Noosa Heads, on its doorstep is the lush Noosa National Park. Take a wander along the Coastal Track to see both the best of marine and birdlife surrounding. During the winter months, look out for whales migrating along the coastline. Alternatively, for a closer look, across the Noosa region, there are many boat tours to enjoy; for the opportunity to see whales playing in the ocean.

Next up, a one hour drive inland will take you to the beautiful peaks standing tall about the region; the Glass House Mountains. Here you will have to opportunity to spot koalas, echidnas, kookaburras, rosellas and peregrine falcons. The natural landscape brings rocky terrain, and gullies to explore. Take on the walk to the lookout to access views across Caloundra, Moreton Island and even Brisbane.

To experience just one of two everglades in the world, the Noosa Everglades are an incredible opportunity to watch some of the beautiful native birdlife and canopying trees surrounding you. Home to 40% of Australia’s bird species; spend the day kayaking across the water. As you paddle along in your kayak, notice the still, reflective water that mirrors all that surrounds it. To reach the Noosa Everglades, drive to Elanda Point, which is a 35-minute journey from Noosa Heads. Kayaking is the recommended way to explore the area, to truly immerse yourself in the natural surroundings. With a camping ground nearby too, you can opt to spend the night at the everglades and enjoy the sunrise in this serene location.

Of course, beyond Noosa’s incredible natural landscapes, there are many fantastic man-made attractions to visit, to get up close with the diverse wildlife too. Australia Zoo is the perfect day trip to learn about the many native animals. About one hour south of Noosa Heads, leave early and spend the entire day exploring. A visit to the zoo is an exciting day out for the whole family and will allow you to cuddle koalas, hand-feed kangaroos and learn about crocodiles and how they hunt. 

For an insight around the underwater life, visit Sea Life Aquarium in Mooloolaba to learn about the beautiful marine life such as sharks, dolphins and colourful fish. The aquarium is a lovely day trip filled with exhibits to explore.

Whether you choose to take on one of Noosa’s national parks, surrounding water systems or the man-made wonders, it is an incredible place to discover, learn about and observe native wildlife. Plan your journey around these beautiful wildlife adventures to make the most of your stay in Noosa.