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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

The 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 learning more about our natural environment today.

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Key workshops

Guided bushwalks, trail running and kayaking

Date Workshop Time Location Details

10 September 2016

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

17 September 2016

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

23 September 2016

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

1 November 2016

Elanora Wetlands guided bushwalk - meeting end of Tallebudgera Drive, Elanora

Join the Elanora Wetlands Bushcare Group on a guided walk through the estuarine forest alongside Tallebudgera Creek. Explore habitat important to many species of birds, butterflies and gliders.

8am-10am

Elanora

Presenter: City of Gold Coast

Cost: Free

Ages: 16 years and over

Bookings required, phone
07 5667 5972

26 November 2016

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

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

30 July 2016

Who’s bark is that? Rainforest trees, barks and trunks

A popular session with the well known Pete Poropat, a rainforest expert whose skills in identifying the giants of our rainforests have been learnt over decades. Pete will share these skills to help identify rainforest trees by their bark and trunk features. Activity is not suitable for children. A moderate fitness level is required.

9am-11am

Burleigh National Park

Presenter: Pete Poropat

Cost: Free

Ages: 15 years and above

Bookings required, phone
07 5667 5972

13 August 2016

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.

10am-12pm

Ashmore

Presenter: Paula Nihot

Cost: Free

Ages: Eight years and over

Bookings required, phone
07 5667 5972

27 August 2016

Threatened plants and animals

Learn how to identify rare and threatened plants found on the Gold Coast.

9am-3pm

Currumbin Valley

Presenter: SEQ Catchments

Cost: Free

Ages: 16 years and above (more suited for adults)

Bookings required, phone
07 5667 5972

17 September 2016

Threatened plants and animals

Learn how to identify rare and threatened plants found on the Gold Coast.

9am-3pm

Austinville Hall

Presenter: SEQ Catchments

Cost: Free

Ages: 16 years and above (more suited for adults)

Bookings required, phone 
07 5667 5972

30 September 2016

Who’s bark is that? Rainforest trees, barks and trunks

A popular session with the well known Pete Poropat, a rainforest expert whose skills in identifying the giants of our rainforests have been learnt over decades. Pete will share these skills to help identify rainforest trees by their bark and trunk features. Activity is not suitable for children. A moderate fitness level is required.

9am-11am

Burleigh National Park

Presenter: Pete Poropat

Cost: Free

Ages: 15 years and above

Bookings required, phone 
07 5667 5972

24 September 2016

Getting started in birdwatching and bird-based citizen science

Rochelle will present information on how people, both younger and older, from all backgrounds, can contribute to birds and their conservation.

9:30am-11am

Runaway Bay

1 October 2016

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 October 2016

Threatened plants and animals

Learn how to identify rare and threatened plants found on the Gold Coast.

9am-3pm

Numinbah Valley

Presenter: SEQ Catchments

Cost: Free

Ages: 16 years and above (more suited for adults)

Bookings required, phone 
07 5667 5972

29 October 2016

Threatened plants and animals

Learn how to identify rare and threatened plants found on the Gold Coast.

9am-3pm

Upper Ormeau

Presenter: SEQ Catchments

Cost: Free

Ages: 16 years and above (more suited for adults)

Bookings required, phone 
07 5667 5972

30 October 2016

Threatened shorebirds (includes a boat trip to Curlew Island)

Learn how to identify rare and threatened plants found on the Gold Coast.

9am-3pm

Labrador

Presenter: SEQ Catchments

Cost: Free

Ages: 16 years and above (more suited for adults)

Bookings required, phone 
07 5667 5972

5 November 2016

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

19 November 2016

Threatened plants and animals

Learn how to identify rare and threatened plants found on the Gold Coast.

9am-3pm

Springbrook

Presenter: SEQ Catchments

Cost: Free

Ages: 16 years and above (more suited for adults)

Bookings required, phone 
07 5667 5972

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

13 August 2016

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

21 September 2016

Junior Landcare planting day

Come along and join in the fun with a community planting day specifically for kids aged three to 13 years.

9:30am-11am

Tallebudgera

Presenter: City of Gold Coast

Cost: Free

Ages: 3–13 years

For bookings, phone
07 5581 1537

27 September 2016

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

15 October 2016

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

10 December 2016

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

Broadbeach

Presenter: Wildcall Wildlife Shows

Cost: Free

Ages: All ages

Bookings required, phone
07 5667 5972

13 December 2016

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

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

3 September 2016

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

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

24 July 2016

National Tree Day (tree planting)

Come and celebrate 20 years of National Tree Day. Play a part in the celebrations and plant a tree along the banks of Mudgeeraba Creek. We will have 1000 trees to be planted on the day.

9:30am-11am

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

10 September 2016

Bushcare’s Major Day Out and Landcare Week

Help us restore habitat within Coombabah Lakelands by planting 1000 native trees. Please wear enclosed shoes, gloves, a hat, sunscreen and bring drinking water.

9am-10:30am

Coombabah

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

24 September 2016

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

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


Bookings

Koala track boardwalk

Bookings for all workshops are essential as places are strictly limited.

Please contact the organiser of each activity, their contact details are provided with the information below. The group sizes are set for optimum education and learning, 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.

The following organisations are affiliated with the NaturallyGC program:

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.

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

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