Gold Coast locals swap screen time for green time

Published on 22 July 2021

Creek in the hinterland

More than 800 free or low-cost activities designed to connect Gold Coasters with nature are once again on offer as part of the City’s hugely popular Naturally GC program. 

Deputy Mayor Donna Gates today launched this year’s program, encouraging locals to get involved with nature-based and environment themed workshops, activities and events. 

“The Gold Coast is blessed with an abundance of World Heritage listed rainforest, more waterways than Venice and Amsterdam combined, and half of our city land area is preserved as open space, “ Deputy Mayor Gates said.

“Our NaturallyGC program attracts 14,000 participants each year, so we know how important it is for our community to connect with our city’s natural environment. 

“The NaturallyGC program offers interactive ways to connect, conserve and explore nature.

“Become a citizen scientist, volunteer with a local Bushcare, Landcare or BeachCare group, discover our unique native wildlife, plant native trees and more,” she said. 

Program highlights for 2021-22 include:

  • NaturallyGC Wildlife Fest. Celebrate the diversity of our Gold Coast fauna. Get up close to some of our iconic wildlife with live animal displays plus interactive activities, guest speakers, native plant sales, kids craft and learn what actions you can take to keep our wildlife safe. 
  • NaturallyGC Wildlife Conservation Film - How can communities work together to help the environment? Join us for a short film screening with local conservation group Green Heroes and be inspired by Loggerhead. A story of how a small community of people including traditional owners from Fingal Head rescue Loggerhead turtle eggs. Hear from some of our youth ambassadors and be inspired. 
  • Fauna of the Coast - A range of engaging presentations by well-known fauna experts that will highlight the diverse range of fauna on the Gold Coast through spectacular imagery and insightful stories including of those that are rarely seen by the public.
For information is available in our NaturallyGC program