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NaturallyGC program

The NaturallyGC workshops and activities are designed for people interested in connecting with and exploring our city's wonderful natural environment.

NaturallyGC program

NaturallyGC workshops and activities are designed for people interested in connecting with and exploring our city's wonderful natural environment through nature-based activities, workshops and nature-based recreation.

The NaturallyGC program is now online with booklets available from all City customer service centres and libraries. The program is loaded with free and low cost nature based activities. Get exploring and start learning more about our natural environment today.

Connect the kids to nature these Easter school holidays and read our NaturallyGC kids Easter holiday program booklet to plan now.


Key workshops

To book, please contact the organiser of each activity. Bookings for all workshops are essential as places are strictly limited.

Guided bushwalks, trail running and kayaking

Date Workshop Time Location Details

18 March 2017

Tally Creek kayak experience

This is an experience not to be missed, fall in love with Tallebudgera Creek through an educational introduction to the local environment and history of the area.

8am-10am

Tallebudgera

Presenter: Kayak the Gold Coast

Cost: Free if you BYO kayak or $10 to hire

Ages: 12 years and above

Bookings required, phone
07 5667 5972

6 April 2017

Guided bushwalk Bally Mountain Conservation Area

Learn about the significant plants and animals that call the area home and see first hand the ecological restoration works being undertaken by the City.

Challenging walk, good fitness levels required.

9am-1pm

Bonogin

Presenter: City of Gold Coast

Cost: Free

Ages: 16 years and over

Bookings required, phone
07 5667 5972

8 April 2017

Guided bushwalk

Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Area

Explore this international significant wetland and bushlands that are home to koalas, wallabies, grey-headed flying foxes, frogs and many bird species. Refresh your plant identification skills while enjoying this significant ecological area.

8am-10am

Coombabah

Presenter: City of Gold Coast

Cost: Free

Ages: 16 years and over

Bookings required, phone
07 5667 5972

11 May 2017

Guided bushwalk Springbrook

This walk starts on Springbrook Plateau and traverses through Apple Tree Park track. Approximately 2.5 kilometres return with a moderate fitness level required.

9am-11am

Springbrook

Presenter: City of Gold Coast

Cost: Free

Ages: 16 years and over

Bookings required, phone
07 5667 5972

Nature based educational workshop and events

Date Workshop Time Location Details

4 February 2017

Bush tucker

Dura, yaga, jar – grow, cook, eat!

Learn to grow, cook and eat a local variety of native Yugambeh country flavours in this inspiring, one-hour bush tucker workshop. As we tour the Botanic Gardens, identify a range of local bush-food plants, discover ways to incorporate the flavours in everyday cooking and pick up tips to grow bush foods in your home garden.

9am-11am

Ashmore

Presenter: Paula Nihot

Cost: Free

Ages: Eight years and over

Booking required, phone
07 5667 5972

11 March 2017

Creatures of the dark (wildlife spotlighting)

Turn on your night vision and join us for a night time adventure on a light, one-hour walk spotting some of Australia’s most iconic animals. The walk will be followed by a half hour wildlife show - so you're guaranteed to see some amazing wildlife up close. Suitable for adults and children over 10 years of age.

6.30pm-8pm

Burleigh Ridge Reserve

Presenter: Wildcall

Cost: Free

Ages: 16 years and over

Bookings required, phone
07 5667 5972

14 March 2017

Native stingless bees

Learn about the stunning diversity of Australia’s native bees and their role in the environment. Learn how to keep stingless bees in a hive, propagate them and extract honey. You will come away equipped to keep your own hive of stingless bees in your part of the world. Australian Native Bee Book available for purchase at the workshop.

9am-12pm

Robina

Presenter: Tim Heard – Sugarbag

Cost: Free

Ages: 15 years and over

Bookings required, phone
07 5667 5972

8 April 2017

Nature walk with birds

Join us for an easy walk through this dynamic landscape at Federation Walk and learn about its recent transformation along a three kilometre circuit while spotting some birds and other wildlife.

7.30am-9am

Main Beach

Presenter: City of Gold Coast

Cost: Free

Ages: 15 years and over

Bookings required phone
07 5667 5972

8 April 2017

Creatures of the dark (wildlife spotlighting)

Turn on your night vision and join us for a night time adventure on a light, one-hour walk spotting some of Australia’s most iconic animals. The walk will be followed by a half hour wildlife show - so you're guaranteed to see some amazing wildlife up close. Suitable for adults and children over 10 years of age.

6pm-7.30pm

Burleigh Ridge Reserve

Presenter: Wildcall

Cost: Free

Ages: 16 years and over

Bookings required, phone
07 5667 5972

6 May 2017

Kangaroos and wallabies

Explore the Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Area and learn about the kangaroos and wallabies (macropods) that live in the area.

4.30pm-5.30pm

Coombabah

Presenter: City of Gold Coast

Cost: Free

Ages: 16 years and over

Bookings required, phone
07 5667 5972

13 May 2017

Environmental weeds in your backyard and the basics of bush regeneration

Learn how to identify a range of environmental weeds and the appropriate control techniques from a trained bush regenerator. You will also learn all the basics of restoration to assist you with planning and restoring your own property.

9am-10.30am

Ashmore

Presenter: City of Gold Coast

Cost: Free

Ages: 16 years and over

Bookings required, phone
07 5667 5972

3 June 2017

Creatures of the dark (wildlife spotlighting)

Turn on your night vision and join us for a night time adventure on a light, one-hour walk spotting some of Australia’s most iconic animals. The walk will be followed by a half hour wildlife show - so you're guaranteed to see some amazing wildlife up close. Suitable for adults and children over 10 years of age.

6pm-7.30pm

Burleigh Ridge Reserve

Presenter: Wildcall

Cost: Free

Ages: 16 years and over

Bookings required, phone
07 5667 5972

Nature kids on the coast

Date Workshop Time Location Details

14 January 2017

Wildcall wildlife encounters (suitable for adults as well)

Your curiosity about the natural world will come alive as you meet face to face with some of our country’s stunning wildlife. The many types of wildlife you may encounter include, snakes, possums, turtles, lizards, crocodiles, owls and flying foxes.

9am-10am and
10.30am-11.30am

Elanora

Presenter: Wildcall Wildlife Shows

Cost: Free

Ages: All ages

Bookings required, phone
07 5667 5972

4 February 2017

Sparky Do Dah

Each natural adventure includes nature-based activities and games including bushwalking and forest adventures. Activities are suitable for ages five to 10 years, all participants must be accompanied by a parent.

9am-11am

Ashmore

Presenter- Sparky Do Dah

Cost: Free

Bookings required, phone
07 5667 5972

4 March 2017

Wildcall wildlife encounters (suitable for adults as well)

Your curiosity about the natural world will come alive as you meet face to face with some of our country’s stunning wildlife. The many types of wildlife you may encounter include, snakes, possums, turtles, lizards, crocodiles, owls and flying foxes.

9am-10am and 10.30am-11.30am

Helensvale

Presenter: Wildcall Wildlife Shows

Cost: Free

Ages: All ages

Bookings required, phone
07 5667 5972

11 March 2017

Sparky Do Dah

Each natural adventure includes nature-based activities and games including bushwalking and forest adventures. Activities are suitable for ages five to 10 years, all participants must be accompanied by a parent.

9am-11am

Palm Beach

Presenter- Sparky Do Dah

Cost: Free

Bookings required, phone
07 5667 5972

4 April 2017

Walk on the wild side just for kids

Bound along and discover what the kangaroo’s, koalas and other wildlife get up to at Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Area on a guided walk with a Ranger. This short, one-hour walk through the wetlands and boardwalk is a great way to get kids rediscovering nature again. Bring your Nature Play QLD passport along or at the time of your booking request one.

9am-10am

Coombabah

Presenter: City of Gold Coast

Cost: Free

Ages: suitable for ages 4-12 years

Bookings required, phone
07 5667 5972

8 April 2017

Sparky Do Dah

Each natural adventure includes nature-based activities and games including bushwalking and forest adventures. Activities are suitable for ages five to 10 years, all participants must be accompanied by a parent.

9am-11am

Tallebudgera

Presenter- Sparky Do Dah

Cost: Free

Bookings required, phone
07 5667 5972

20 May 2017

Wildcall wildlife encounters (suitable for adults as well)

Your curiosity about the natural world will come alive as you meet face to face with some of our country’s stunning wildlife. The many types of wildlife you may encounter include, snakes, possums, turtles, lizards, crocodiles, owls and flying foxes.

9am-10am and
10.30am-11.30am

Robina

Presenter: Wildcall Wildlife Shows

Cost: Free

Ages: All ages

Bookings required, phone
07 5667 5972

Nature photography and film

Date Workshop Time Location Details

11 March 2017

Up close nature photography

In this workshop learn some tips and tricks for taking better photos of all things small; whether insects, frogs or flowers. You will learn the theory behind good, close-up photography before going out into the field to put your new skills into practice. Must be able to bring own camera and equipment.

9am-11am

Coombabah

Presenter: Todd Burrows

Cost: Free

Ages: 12 years and over

Bookings required, phone
07 5667 5972

Volunteer activities, partnerships and tree planting

Date Workshop Time Location Details

4 February 2017

Koala tree plantings

Koalas on the Gold Coast benefit from the presence of preferred tree species to provide a reliable food source, shelter and increased connectivity between habitat patches.

9am-10.30am

Tallebudgera

Please wear enclosed shoes, gloves, a hat, sunscreen and bring drinking water.

Presenter: City of Gold Coast

Cost: Free

Bookings required, phone
07 5581 1537

18 March 2017

Landcare for singles

So do you plant here often?

'Landcare for singles' events provide the perfect opportunity for environmentally-conscious people on the lookout for that special someone to try a new and unique form of speed dating, or in this case – speed planting. Come and join us and plant some trees, you never know who you may meet.

9am-10.30am

Robina

Please wear enclosed shoes, gloves, a hat, sunscreen and bring drinking water.

Presenter: City of Gold Coast

Cost: Free

Bookings required, phone
07 5581 1537

6 May 2017

Koala tree plantings

Koalas on the Gold Coast benefit from the presence of preferred tree species to provide a reliable food source, shelter and increased connectivity between habitat patches.

9am-10.30am

Burleigh

Please wear enclosed shoes, gloves, a hat, sunscreen and bring drinking water.

Presenter: City of Gold Coast

Cost: Free

Bookings required, phone
07 5581 1537


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Bookings

Koala track boardwalk

To book, please contact the organiser of each activity. Bookings for all workshops are essential as places are strictly limited.

We are unable to accommodate participants who turn up on the day without a booking. No large group bookings are accepted.

The NaturallyGC Program is produced by the City's Natural Areas Management Unit. If you would like hard copies of the booklet, please phone 07 5667 5972.

Subscribe to our mailing list

If you are interested in connecting with and exploring the Gold Coast’s wonderful natural environment, become a NaturallyGC member and subscribe today.

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Feedback

We would love to hear from you. Share your thoughts with us by using our NaturallyGC feedback form linked below.

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NaturallyGC program affiliations

NaturallyGC program affiliation list

Be an affiliator

If you are an organisation, community group or not for profit that would like to have your workshops or activities promoted within the NaturallyGC program, please contact namu@goldcoast.qld.gov.au for further information.

To be involved within the NaturallyGC Program you must have the following:

  • sufficient qualifications in your professional field and experience delivering group environmental based programs/activities for the community
  • $10 million public liability insurance (individuals or businesses)
  • current first aid certificate
  • current commission for children blue card (if working with children)
  • be community minded
  • risk management procedures in place.

For a full list of City supported environmental education programs visit the Environment education page.


Photo competition

Dust off your cameras and capture the beauty of our hinterland, waterways, nature trails and native plants and animals. Enter our NaturallyGC Instagram photo competition.

Use the #NaturallyGC hashtag and share your nature-based experiences with friends and family. Search the hashtag across social media platforms to find out how others have been engaging in the program.

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