There are simple things you can do to help reduce threats and ensure the future of koalas on the Gold Coast.
Vehicle strikes account for high mortality rates in koalas as they cross roads and rail lines to access food, shelter and to socialise. Be mindful driving on Gold Coast roads and take extra care on the following koala hotspot roads, especially between dusk and dawn:
- Colman Road, Coomera
- Foxwell Road, Coomera
- Helensvale Road, Helensvale
- Discovery Drive, Helensvale
- Captain Cook Drive, Arundel
- Napper Road, Parkwood
- Tallebudgera Creek Road, Tallebudgera
- Tallebudgera Connection Road, Tallebudgera
- Trees Road, Tallebudgera
- Guineas Creek Road, Elanora
- Simpsons Road, Elanora
- Galleon Way, Currumbin Waters
- Currumbin Creek Road, Currumbin Valley
- Bonogin Road, Bonogin.
- Pacific Motorway (M1) at West Burleigh/Tallebudgera, Helensvale and Coomera/Pimpama.
Be a responsible dog owner
Most dog and koala interactions take place inside backyards. Gold Coast suburbs with the highest number of recorded dog incidents include:
- Burleigh Heads
- Currumbin Valley
- Currumbin Waters
Below is a list of simple actions that can help reduce the risk of dog incidents with koalas:
- Don't assume your dog is koala-friendly
- If possible, keep your dog indoors at night or confined on a veranda or garage area
- Keep your dog under effective control when in public and comply with dog restrictions. If you see a koala on the ground, place your dog on a leash (even in dog off-leash zones) and move away from the area, to reduce stress on the koala
- Install fencing that prevents koalas entering your yard if you have a dog and provide an escape route to help koalas with climbing out of your yard
For more advice on how to reduce the threat of dog incidents, download Koalas and domestic dogs on the Gold Coast(PDF, 538KB)
Install koala-friendly or koala exclusion fencing
Fencing can make a big difference to koalas being able to move safely through backyards and residential areas. Some fence designs can help them to get to where they need to go. Other designs can trap them and leave them vulnerable to attack by domestic dogs, as well as restricting access to important food and shelter trees.
Use different types of fencing to:
- help koalas move easily through areas where they will be safe – koala-friendly fencing or
- keep them away from danger – koala exclusion fencing.
For more information download to our fact sheet on Koala-friendly fencing(PDF, 482KB)
Create or restore koala habitat in your backyard
Koalas occur widely throughout the Gold Coast, particularly within important urban areas such as Elanora, Currumbin Waters, Burleigh Heads, Pimpama, Coomera, Coombabah, Arundel, and Helensvale.
To learn how you can create or restore koala habitat in your backyard, download Koala habitat in your backyard(PDF, 323KB)
We offer a range of resources, workshops and programs to private landholders interested in protecting and restoring their property's native habitat. For more information on how you can get involved visit Landholder support programs.
To learn more about koalas on the Gold Coast, download Backyard biodiversity: koalas(PDF, 3MB)
Report koala sightings
If you see a koala on the Gold Coast, we want to hear from you. Whether healthy, injured, sick or deceased, all reported koala sightings are important. The information helps us to monitor the effectiveness of our conservation strategies.
Use the information and photo gallery below to help identify any health issue.
Report a koala sighting online
Alternatively, you can call us on 1300 GOLDCOAST (1300 465 326) or call Wildcare Australia on their 24/7 hotline 07 5527 2444 (if a koala is sick, injured, in danger or deceased).
Assess koala health
If you see a koala, please take a moment to assess its health and wellbeing.
Lingering on the ground: It's common for koalas sit on the ground but sitting in the one spot for a long time should be reported.
Sitting stationary in the same tree: If a koala is sitting down low in a tree or hasn't moved from the same spot for more than 48 hours, it could be unwell and should be reported to Wildcare.
Stained rump: Most wild koala populations suffer from Chlamydial disease which needs medical attention. Signs of this disease can include a wet or dirty, reddish stained rump.
Conjunctivitis: Signs of conjunctivitis including red, swollen or weepy eyes are common symptoms of Chlamydial disease in koalas requiring medical attention.
Injury and other illnesses: Obvious signs of injury to koalas include patchy or missing fur, blood, and abnormal movements (for example, limping). Many injuries can cause severe internal trauma and infections that may not be obvious from the outside. Brown matted fur or underweight and bony are also signs a koala might be unwell.
In a hazardous situation: Koalas regularly cross major roads and rail lines which increases the risk of fatal vehicle strikes. Yards without koala-friendly fencing can trap them; those with pools or pets can cause life-threatening injuries.
Orphaned joey: Koala joeys typically stay with their mothers until they are about 12 months of age. A 12-month old koala weighs about 2.5 to 3 kilograms and is about the size of a football. Joeys on their own that are smaller than this may not survive and should be reported to Wildcare.
The following koala health images were provided by the community when reporting their koala sightings through our online form.