Learn about how we manage our coastline so we can all enjoy our beach experience!
Our Beaches is a coastal education and engagement program that teaches the community about how we care for our coastline, issues impacting our beaches and coastal projects.
The Our Beaches program runs a number of free activities across our coastline. Get your hands sandy at one of our free dune planting workshops, bring the kids to learn about coastal erosion during our school holiday sessions, or ask a coastal expert about a project on your local beach at a community pop-up near you. Book an upcoming Our Beaches activity online or check the Events calendar for more.
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Agents Of Discovery: Burleigh Heads Biodiversity
Your kids will love being outside exploring nature with this educational app. The app uses smartphone technology and augmented reality to encourage kids to get active and into nature.
Join Agent Goldie, the Greater Glider, to discover more about the dune vegetation, rock pools and beaches of Burleigh Heads.
To play, download the app from Google Play or the App Store and choose the Burleigh Heads Biodiversity mission. Always play with adult supervision and watch for hazards around you.
We will be bringing you new missions soon!
For details about Agents of Discovery, visit our Exploring Nature page.
CoastSnap citizen science
Help us monitor changes to our coastline – it's as easy as snapping a photo on your smartphone. Just place your smartphone in the camera cradle, take a photo and share using the QR code or free CoastSnap app.
View uploaded snaps from the following locations:
Watch the time-lapse of Tugun beach created from CoastSnaps taken from Elephant Rock.
Check out our coastal education resources with fun learning activities for home, the classroom and Nippers.
Looking after our beaches is a team effort. We work with a number of organisations to manage our beaches. A special thanks to our community and official partners who play a part in caring for our coastline:
We work with Griffith University's Coastal and Marine Research Centre to undertake important research relevant to the Gold Coast. This research is driving innovation in how we manage our coastline.
Save the Waves Coalition
In 2016, a 16-kilometre stretch of the Gold Coast, from Burleigh Point to Snapper Rocks, was declared a World Surfing Reserve. An initiative of the Save the Waves Coalition, the program serves as a global model for preserving wave breaks and their surrounding areas. It recognises and protects key environmental, cultural, economic and community attributes of surfing.
We work with a Local Stewardship Council to implement and manage the reserve.
Visit savethewaves.org to find out more.
Tweed Sand Bypassing
City of Gold Coast supports the Tweed Sand Bypassing Project, run by the New South Wales and Queensland state governments. The project aims to maintain the coastal sand drift northwards along the beaches on the southern Gold Coast and ensure a safe, navigable entrance to the Tweed River.
Read about the project at tweedsandbypass.nsw.gov.au.