Noosa Region

Situated at the northern tip of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, Noosa Shire covers an area of 871km2 and is home to more than 55,000 people. The Traditional Owners and original custodians of the land were the Kabi Kabi / Gubbi Gubbi people.

Noosa Shire Council was re-established as a local government on January 1, 2014. It followed a hard-fought community campaign over several years to restore its shire following the amalgamation of three sunshine coast councils in 2008.

Noosa Shire has an economy that is diversifying beyond a thriving tourism industry. It is recognised as a UNESCO Biosphere and has a proud history of preserving its natural environment. Thirty five percent of the Shire is protected as either national park, reserve or conservation area.

About the Noosa Shire

Noosa Shire Community Profile

Visit Noosa

Noosa Arts and Culture

The Noosa Cultural Plan outlines a wide range of strategies and actions designed to grow and develop the arts, cultural and heritage sectors, including:

Increased use of cultural venues and facilities

Increased number of new participants in cultural activities

Increased number of cultural activities occurring in non-traditional spaces

Higher satisfaction levels within arts, culture and heritage sector

Improved perception of Noosa as a cultural destination with visitors

Improved sustainability of community organisations in arts, cultural and heritage sectors

Increased growth of people employed in cultural and creative sectors

Improved awareness of indigenous cultural heritage

Noosa Cultural Plan 2019-2023

Other local plans and policies:
Events Applications on Public Land

Visit Noosa – Tourism Strategy


There is a range of cultural infrastructure, venues and facilities within Noosa Shire including:


Noosa Regional Gallery

Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre

Pomona Railway Station Gallery 



The J

Noosa Arts Theatre

The Majestic Theatre


Other cultural facilities

Noosa Libraries

Community Halls

Noosa Museum


Noosa Council supports their local creative sector through professional development and funding opportunities including:

Grow Your Arts

Noosa Regional Arts Development Fund


Art awards  

Lynn McCrea Memorial Drawing Prize

Noosa Regional Gallery – Draw


Other council grants 


Cultural tourism and creative events

Floating Land

Noosa Alive! 

Peregian Originals 

Noosa Jazz Festival 

Noosa Open Studios 

Australian Body Art Festival 


Other local cultural and creative groups

Noosa Arts and Crafts Association 

Aus Decorative and Fine Arts Society

Tall Trees 

Noosa Film Society

Noosa Chorale 

Tinbeerwah Art Group 

Pomona Community House Writers Group 

Noosa Writers