Our Beaches program

City of Gold Coast run a coastal education program for students and the community. The program aims to encourage the community to help keep our beaches beautiful. It offers insightful information about our coastal processes, sea life and vegetation.

Together, we can keep our beaches safe and beautiful for everyone to enjoy.

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Our Beaches Community

Our Beaches Community sessions are hands on. Together, we plant native species, weed and collect litter. Limited spaces are available per session, so bookings are essential. View our current events on our Events calendar.

School holidays

We offer physical, interactive and educational activities for kids. Learn about the threat of microplastics in our oceans. Get up close to some of the critters that call our beaches home. Find some zen with a yoga and beach clean class.

Download Our Beaches Summer Holiday Program 2021(PDF, 306KB)

Our activities are free and suitable for 6 to 17 year olds. Check out our City Events calendar for more details and to book.

CoastSnap citizen science

Keep your eyes peeled for our CoastSnap camera 'cradles' located at various beaches. You can place your smartphone in the cradle, snap a photo and share via the mobile app, social media or email.

CoastSnap is being rolled out together with the University of New South Wales. Images taken will highlight coastline changes due to rising sea levels and storms.

Cradle locations:

  • Elephant Rock Currumbin
  • Kirra Hill
  • Miami Hill
  • Hanlan Street at Surfers Paradise

Watch the time-lapse of Tugun beach created from CoastSnaps taken from Elephant Rock.

Joint stewardship

So many of us walk, fish, surf, swim, practise yoga, or savour our morning coffee on our beaches. Regardless of how you enjoy our beaches, looking after them should be a team effort.

We work to develop partnerships that support the management of our beaches. A special thanks to our community and official partners who play a part in caring for our coastline:

Griffith University

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.