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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. The Kabi tribe lived in the region bordered by Redcliffe near Brisbane in the south, the mouth of the Noosa River to the north and Cooroy & Nambour to the west. Even then, the region was a special retreat enjoyed by the Aborigines for celebrations such as the annual Bunya nut festival held in the nearby Blackall Ranges.