CIRCA 1982: Ron Turner admires a magnificent Scribbly Gum in Cooloola National Park.
CIRCA 1982: Ron Turner admires a magnificent Scribbly Gum in Cooloola National Park. Barbara Thomas

Cooloola stories tell of natural wonders worth preserving

COOLOOLA Recreation Area is today part of Great Sandy National Park which also includes Fraser Island. The Cooloola section stretches from Noosa North Shore to Rainbow Beach, an area of 61,750 hectares.

This vast area protects some stunning vistas from towering coastal sand cliffs and coloured sands to wide plains of vibrantly coloured heath plants and tracts of remnant rainforest.

The Noosa River meanders through the area passing Lake Cooloola before eventually entering Lake Cootharaba. Cooloola Recreation Area is a magnet for lovers of the great outdoors.

Ron Turner, former District Ranger with Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service will be guest speaker at Noosa Parks Association's Friday Environment Forum on March 21.

Ron brought his family to Queensland from Victoria in 1978. He assumed an active administrative role in the Maryborough Region, with thirty-five National Parks under his supervision, in particular Cooloola and Noosa National Parks.

Over the years he saw his role expand with added responsibilities for environmental park management, wildlife, volunteers and rural nature conservation.

Using maps and historical photos, Ron will reminisce about early visitor activity on Noosa River, the construction of the Sir Thomas Hiley Information Centre, logging near Harry's Hut and sand mining activity at the mouth of Freshwater Creek.

Come along to Noosa Parks Environment Centre, Wallace Drive, Noosavillefrom 10am and the Forum begins at 10.30am. If you wish to join Valda for Interpretive Birding in the park, meet in the car park at 8.30am. Visit for more information.

Local Partners