Great Sandy Biosphere

Great Sandy Strait, Fraser Coast Area

In 2009, the Great Sandy region was awarded Biosphere Reserve status by UNESCO, the global organisation that also awards World Heritage Listings. The decision gives world-wide recognition to the Fraser Coast region, neighbouring Gympie area and the Bundaberg coastline and puts it in the same class as the Galapagos Islands, the Central Amazon, the Everglades and Uluru.

The concept of the UNESCO's Man and Biospheres program is to protect natural resources while using them at the same time - or balancing conservation and sustainable development.

What makes the Great Sandy Biosphere so special?

Major breeding site for endangered marine turtles, oldest and largest unconsolidated sand mass in the world, 7558 recorded species of fauna & flora, declared Dugong sanctuary, RAMSAR wetlands - internationally declared feeding ground for migratory birds, critical habitat for rare and endangered species, best observable ancient dune chronological sequencing, world's largest and highest perched dune lakes, whale sanctuary and major transitory point for humpback whales on their annual southern migration.

Big Woody Island
Great Sandy Strait, Fraser Coast Area
Queensland
Australia

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O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat

O'Reilly, Scenic Rim Area
From AU$149 - 699
O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, a true nature paradise, is situated in World Heritage Lamington National Park, two hours south of Brisbane or one and a half hours south-west of the Gold Coast. The O'Reilly family have been welcoming guests since 1926.

Pethers Rainforest Retreat

North Tamborine, Scenic Rim Area
From AU$295 - 400
Pethers is a luxurious boutique retreat with just 10 secluded, individual and private Tree Houses all offering a magnificent sub-tropical rainforest vista. Pethers is exclusively designed for adults. Each Tree House offers a private spa for two, fireplace, king size bedroom, entertainment system, air-conditioning lounge and dining areas with five metre high glass windows leading to an outdoor balcony and overlooks spectacular surrounds.

Worendo Cottages

Darlington, Scenic Rim Area
From AU$295 - 490
Worendo Cottages offers a peaceful setting in the Lost World Valley overlooked by the rugged mountains of Lamington National Park. On offer is an invigorating escape from the mundane in a stunning and peaceful wilderness setting.

Christmas Creek Cafe` and Cabins

Lamington, Scenic Rim Area
From AU$86 - 136
Christmas Creek Cafe` and Cabins offer seven cabins, catering and venue hire. Besides the tranquil surroundings and comfortable accommodation one of the great things being on holidays there is you don't have to cook.

Escarpment Retreat and Day Spa

Tamborine Mountain, Scenic Rim Area
From AU$265 - 650
The Escarpment Retreat and Day Spa is an international award-winning mountain rainforest sanctuary perched on top of Mount Tamborine. Set on four acres of botanical gardens, complete with flowing stream, small waterfall and cliff views as far as the coast.

Cave Rock Cottages

Lamington, Scenic Rim Area
From AU$175 - 200
Cave Rock Cottages is a private oasis of over 100 acres adjacent to the world heritage listed Lamington National Park, just 90 minutes drive from Brisbane and the Gold Coast. The cottages are an ideal place for a back to nature family holiday or quiet romantic getaway.

Binna Burra Lodge

Beechmont, Gold Coast Area
From AU$190 - 645
Binna Burra Lodge is under one hour's drive from the Gold Coast and just 90 minutes from Brisbane, the rainforest of Lamington National Park sprawls like a rich emerald carpet across the spurs and valleys of the McPherson Ranges.

O'Reilly's Villas

O'Reilly, Scenic Rim Area
From AU$359 - 669
Situated in the middle of World Heritage listed Lamington National Park and surrounded by 20,000 hectares of sub tropical rainforest, O'Reilly's is the ideal base to explore, or just get back to nature.

Clandulla Cottages and Farmstay

Scenic Rim Area
From AU$185 - 265
Clandulla Cottages and Farmstay is a tranquil and private farmstay holiday getaway featuring self contained accommodation. Located in the Gold Coast Hinterland at the foot of Tamborine Mountain, their farmstay is just a one hour drive from Brisbane and an easy 40 minute drive from the Gold Coast.

Amore Mt Tamborine

Tamborine Mountain, Scenic Rim Area
From AU$150 - 235
Central accommodation in a natural setting - Just a minute's stroll to Gallery Walk with its cluster of Cafes, Restaurants and Collectable Shops. When you stay at Amore you can walk to a Waterfall or stroll to three National Park Bush Walking Trails and much much more.
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