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Lake Macdonald, Cooroy

Back in 2005, the initial impetus for the Noosa Festival of Water was water quality and environmental care around Lake Macdonald, which supplies Noosa’s town water.

Today the Noosa Festival of Water has evolved to become an annual showcase of our region’s ecological attributes with a primary aim of improving community awareness of how each of us can play a part protecting and preserving our environment in our day to day lives. By providing local landholders and visitors to our region with opportunities to connect with experts involved with land, water and wildlife management, the Festival helps to generate the interest and commitment to environmental initiatives needed to make a genuine difference.

Local Aboriginal traditional owners, the Gubbi Gubbi people, who have walked these lands since the dawn of time, perform a welcome to country and share their rich cultural heritage through dance and storytelling.

The Festival Fishing Competition, kayaking, paddleboarding and boat trips showcase the recreational attributes of Lake Macdonald and the Noosa Botanic Gardens, reinforcing the need to care for the environment so these magnificent, natural assets will continue to be available for future generations to enjoy and appreciate.

The involvement of Seqwater and Unitywater creates an additional focus on protecting and conserving our precious water resources.  In line with our environmental aims, Unitywater’s “Back to Tap” Hydration Station and discounted stainless steel water bottles supplied by Noosa Community Biosphere encourage festival goers to stop using single use plastic water bottles.

Each year the Festival showcases the work of local performers and artists with entertainment in the Amphitheatre and arts activities for children focused on caring for the land and water in the Noosa Biosphere.  Reptile and wildlife displays and presentations always draw a lot of attention as do the many community groups who provide information and displays on a wide range of environmental issues and initiatives in the region.

The Gerry Cook Hatchery in Mary Cod Park on the shores of Lake Macdonald opens to the public on the day of the Festival providing a rare opportunity for locals and visitors alike to learn how wild populations of the Mary River cod, one of Australia’s most endangered freshwater fish, are being restored.

This family friendly annual event has something for everyone.  The Noosa Botanical Gardens and Lake Macdonald are one of our region’s best kept secrets and first time festival goers are often surprised by the stunning backdrop these local natural wonders provide for The Noosa Festival of Water.

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