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Celebrating Australia’s Newest National Surfing Reserve – Noosa

March 18, 2015 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

Noosa  has officially become Australia’s newest National Surfing Reserve, named alongside Manly/Freshwater, Margaret River and Phillip Island.


A National Surfing Reserve is defined as an iconic place of intrinsic environmental, heritage, sporting and cultural value. The concept of a National Surfing Reserve is for all people to be able to enjoy, understand and protect special coastal environments of universal value to the surfing world.

Phil Jarratt, chairman of the Noosa National Surfing Reserve committee, said, “The primary purpose of the reserves is recognition of world class breaks and local surf heritage as a means of protecting these unique places into the future.”

“It is fantastic that Noosa has now been put forward into this category”, Mr Jarratt continued. “We had a tremendous amount of encouragement from the Noosa community. Our nomination was accompanied by nine letters of support and more than 300 signatures in the petition of support.”

Chairman of the National Surfing Reserve board, Professor Andrew Short commented that this was the best achieved by any nomination. He also noted that the nomination encapsulated the essence of what makes Noosa and its surf so outstanding.

The Noosa nomination was developed by a working committee of representatives of beach user groups, community organisations and stakeholders including Noosa Malibu Club, Noosa Heads Surf Life Saving Club, Noosa Boardriders, Noosa Festival of Surfing, Noosa Shire Council, Tourism Noosa, Noosa Biosphere, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, Surfing Queensland, Noosa Parks Association and Sunshine Coast Sports Federation.

Tourism Noosa CEO, Damien Massingham said “We have always known Noosa beaches are of a high standard, but to be named as a National Surfing Reserve is a wonderful accolade for our region. Noosa’s pristine beaches offer a timeless and iconic experience enjoyed by not only locals but also the many visitors to the Noosa area”.

The Noosa National Surfing Reserve takes in all surf breaks from the Noosa River mouth to the northern end of Sunshine Beach, including all of Noosa’s iconic point breaks in and around the Noosa National Park.                                                       

For media enquiries contact Tourism Noosa’s Publicist, Susan Ewington on 07-5430 5009 or 0412 692 961 or

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