Noosa Biosphere Annual Gala

The Noosa Biosphere Annual Gala is a fundraising luncheon to raise awareness and support for biodiversity conservation and research in the Noosa Biosphere Reserve. A conscious alternative celebration on Melbourne Cup day, each year the Gala will focus on an important issue close to the heart of Noosa’s community.

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the UNESCO Man and Biosphere Program

Noosa Biosphere Koala Gala 2021

A luncheon to save Noosa’s treasured icon

After the successful inaugural “Black and Glossy” Gala in 2020 raised much-needed attention on the plight of the Glossy Black-Cockatoo, the 2021 Noosa Biosphere Gala will this year be themed the ‘Koala Gala’. The Koala Gala will raise awareness and financial support for koala conservation and research in the Noosa Biosphere Reserve that supports both tourism and education. We have an opportunity to protect this vulnerable and treasured national icon and bring back the wild koala in Noosa.


Sponsoring the Noosa Biosphere Koala Gala 2021 Luncheon is an exciting opportunity to align your brand with the global sustainability goals and celebrate our Noosa Biosphere community.

Learn about our koala research with University of the Sunshine Coast Detection Dogs for Conservation. Thanks to Tourism Noosa for their support in producing this video.

Our goal

Koalas need a safe haven to live and breed, in the wild.

With declines of up to 80% of koala populations across South East Queensland, the Noosa Biosphere Reserve has been a region focused on new research into koala distribution and health. Koalas face multiple threats such as habitat loss, urbanisation, fragmentation, disease, car strike and dog attack. Ongoing research, education and training is crucial to deepening our understanding of Noosa’s koala populations and improving habitat management.

The Noosa Biosphere Reserve Foundation held its first Koala Symposium in 2019, connecting leading researchers from University of the Sunshine Coast with local government, conservation and care groups. The outcome was a roadmap for koala conservation, outlining a comprehensive and coordinated program of research and activities to reverse the decline of koalas in the Noosa Biosphere Reserve. The Koala Gala will help us to continue our effort to bring back Noosa’s wild koala population.

Noosa Biosphere Awards

Recognising outstanding sustainability achievements within the Noosa community.

The Noosa Biosphere Awards will be launched for the first time at the Noosa Biosphere Koala Gala in November 2021, in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Program.


There are four award category sponsorship opportunities available: land, water, wildlife, and people & economy. Sponsoring an award category is a great way to align your brand with one of these key priority areas of our Noosa Biosphere. For information on how your business can be involved, email Sharon at

Koala Gala event details

Tuesday, 2 November 2021, 12-3pm
View Restaurant, Peppers Noosa Resort
Tickets $175 pp

  • A conscious alternative to celebrating Melbourne Cup
  • Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the UNESCO MaB Program in 2021
  • Drink on arrival
  • 2-course menu by celebrity chef, Matt Golinski plus 3-hour drinks package
  • Guest speakers & Noosa personalities
  • Eco-fashion parade with pieces by local TAFE and Sunshine Beach High fashion students, plus local sustainable fashion labels, Costa Vita Puralina, Caren Lee Millinery and Larissa Salton
  • Noosa Biosphere Awards Ceremony recognising outstanding sustainability initiatives
  • Silent Auction and Raffle prizes to support Koala Conservation
  • Network with likeminded people in your community
  • Celebrate our Noosa Biosphere community and environment

Tickets on Sale September 2021!

Thank you to our event Sponsors & Supporters

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