It is widely accepted that the name Noosa comes from the local Aboriginal word (Noothera or Gnuthuru in the Kabi Kabi … (this is the English interpretation of the name Gubbi Gubbi) language) for shadow or shady place. An 1870 map of Noosa shows the Noosa River written as Nusa River.
The Traditional Owners offer inclusion, sharing of history of all people to take the values of sharing and custodianship forward. The Traditional Owners do not seek to ban or exclude anyone they simply seek the respect of visitors to their lands and welcome their participation.
These pristine sandy shores continue along from Boardwalk Boats towards Noosa Spit and the picturesque Noosa River mouth aligned with parkland, sheltered bathing beaches and heavy vegetation with abundant wildlife. Some 2.5 million tourists a year enjoy this special ambience taking pleasure in “the quiet life”, dining, walking, bathing, surfing and generally spoiling themselves.
The name Noosa came from the Aboriginal word meaning “shade” or “shadows”, probably a reference to the respite from the sun offered by the tall forests in the area. The Aboriginal Kabi tribe had been visiting Noosa for 40,000 years before Europeans first arrived in the 1800s.
- Noosa – “Shadows” or “Shade”
- Tewantin – “place of dead logs”
- Cooroibah – “places of possums”
- Weyba – “place of stingrays”