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The Gold Coast's diverse natural beauty

Liz Spooner | June 4, 2020

From glittering beaches to the east, rolling mountains to the west, and winding canals and waterways in-between; it’s hard not to be captivated by the Gold Coast’s natural beauty.

It is a place where tropical climate meets temperate and ocean meets mountain. This diversity creates the perfect environment to support an abundance of life.

You might not know it, but the Gold Coast is one of the most biodiverse cities in Australia. There are more than 1730 species of native plants, 600 recorded species of native vertebrate animals and countless invertebrates including an estimated 200 species of native bee and 170 species of butterfly.

The city boasts World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforests and Ramsar convention-listed coastal wetlands, as well as breath-taking waterfalls, large open forests, deep rich rainforests, freshwater and tidal wetlands and long stretches of dunes bordering the Coral Sea.

These features of natural beauty give the city its iconic reputation and underpins our the Gold Coast’s wellbeing, cultural identity, economy, tourism and overall prosperity. Importantly, they also provide crucial habitat to a huge array of wildlife (plants, animals and fungi), much of which is unique to our the city.

This year’s World Environment Day is a call to action for biodiversity. LEARN—SHARE– ACT for our local biodiversity.

LEARN more about our local biodiversity; tune in at home for NaturallyGC at home events including Grey Headed-Flying Fox, Native Bees for Kids and Creating Native Habitat. Check out our backyard biodiversity booklets for information about some of our local plants and animals. You could also join our Koala Friends program to learn more and take action for one of our favourite locals.

SHARE what you see, know and love about our nature on social media #NaturallyGC.

Take ACTION at home. The majority of the city’s habitat is found on private land. If you have a backyard, courtyard or balcony you have the opportunity to support our native plants and animals. Find out more about encouraging wildlife and creating a backyard for biodiversity. If you have a larger property, find out how to join other private landholders in conserving and restoring our natural environment through the Conservation Partnerships Program.

It’s time for nature.


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Squirrel Glider (photo credit: Todd Burrows)
A bee collectin pollen from a Lipotriches Pigface (photo credit: Tobias Smith)
Owlet Nightjar (photo credit: Todd Burrows)