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Surf Safe Noosa

Project Overview

Sharks share our Noosa waters with many other iconic marine species. The Surf Safe Noosa campaign is designed to help surfers understand the local conditions and stay safe in the water.

This public education campaign features a seasonal calendar and interactive spinning game wheel by local designer, Puka Studio, and a suite of key messages illustrated by Dr Sue Pillans, designed to educate young surfers and tourists alike about how to read local conditions.

The project is a result of a series of workshops held in August 2022 facilitated by international shark expert, Dr Andrew Chin, of James Cook University in collaboration with the Queensland Government and local stakeholders.

Of the four recommendations put forward to the Queensland Government, identified at the NBRF Marine Species Protection Symposium held in 2021, public education was ranked as the highest priority.

NBRF worked closely with key local stakeholders including the Noosa World Surfing Reserve Steering Committee, Noosa Council, Surfrider Sunshine Coast, University of the Sunshine Coast, Noosa Surf Lifesaving Qld, Tourism Noosa and the Queensland Government, to develop this unique campaign.

The messaging is designed to complement the Noosa World Surfing Reserve’s mission to Share, Respect and Preserve our special place and to encourage surfers to follow the Noosa Shire Surf Safety Code. For more information about the code, head to

For more information about the outcomes of the Marine Symposium please head to the webpage here.

Project Collaborators

Queensland Government Shark Control Program, Noosa World Surfing Reserve, Surfrider Sunshine Coast, University of the Sunshine Coast, Noosa Heads Surf Lifesaving Club, Noosa Council and Tourism Noosa.

For more information on Dr Sue Pillans’ work head to: Dr Sue Pillans

Download a copy of the Surf Safe Noosa Seasonal Calendar here: FINAL-Seasonal Calendar-Surf Safe Noosa

Pick up a copy of the spinning game wheel at the Hastings St Visitor Information Centre and selected surf shops! 🙂

  • Workshops held in August 2022.
  • Campaign launched in January 2023.
  • School workshops to be rolled out in March 2023