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Discover how we are protecting the Gold Coast's natural environment - our spectacular beaches, hinterland ranges, bushland and waterways - and how you can help.

Environment facts and figures

Bally Mountain Reserve

The City of Gold Coast is defined by spectacular beaches, hinterland ranges, forests and waterways. Our city is a celebration of nature.

Following is a snapshot of our unique natural assets and values:

  • The Gold Coast is home to more than 1700 recorded species of native plants and almost 600 recorded species of native animals.
  • Sixty-five (65) native vegetation types and 56 regional ecosystem types have been mapped and described for the City.
  • More than 50 per cent (50.25%) of the city's land area (64,991 hectares) is covered in native vegetation.
  • We manage over 12 per cent of the city's land area for the purpose of nature conservation. One quarter of this land has been acquired through the Open Space Preservation Levy Acquisition Program.
  • Our Voluntary Conservation Agreement and Land for Wildlife schemes cover 3.9 per cent of the city's land area (5097 hectares).
  • Over 12,600 hectares of the Gold Coast's coastal wetlands and islands are Ramsar-listed which are wetlands of international significance.
  • The Springbrook and Lamington plateaus form part of the Border Ranges group of World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforests of Australia, protecting areas of extremely high species diversity.
  • Moreton Bay provides international habitats for more than 30 migratory species listed under JAMBA, CAMBA and ROKAMBA.

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