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Gold Coast natural environment

We have one of Australia's most biodiverse cities. Let's explore, celebrate and work together to protect it for the future.

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Gold Coast flora and fauna

Click to enlarge Mistletoe bird  by Todd Burrows

Mistletoebird © Todd Burrows

Recognising the huge diversity of plant and animal life in our region, the City of Gold Coast provides a comprehensive website that lists all species known to occur on the Gold Coast.

goldcoastflorafauna.com.au is a unique resource created by the City to document the Gold Coast’s biodiversity and provide a single source of information.

The website features a searchable database of species occurring on the Gold Coast, detailed information on those species, images, Google mapping tools to help locate species, and useful related reports and documents.

The site is a valuable resource for:

Local residents

For local residents, City of Gold Coast’s flora and fauna website is a useful resource to help discover and learn more about our unique and diverse plant and animal life here on the Gold Coast.

The site can help if you want to do any of the following:

  • find out what plants or animals are found in your area
  • identify a specific plant or animal species
  • explore the range of wildlife on the Gold Coast.

To get started, head to the website’s Species information page. Here you can choose to:

  • search the website’s database for a specific plant or animal
  • browse or download full lists of Gold Coast species.

You can search for a plant or animal in several different ways:

  • by its common name, e.g. "Koala"
  • by its scientific name, e.g. 'Phascolarctos cinereus'
  • narrow down your search to 'Flora', 'Fauna' or 'Both'.

The site will return a list of all possible matches, after which you can go straight to the page or pages for each species, containing more detailed information which can include description, legal status (e.g. threatened), habitat and Gold Coast locations, and images where available.

The website also offers useful Google mapping tools where you can search for a particular species on the Gold Coast map by location or suburb. Visit the Flora and fauna website now to search and locate plant and animal species, access conservation studies and learn more about our native, threatened species.

You may also find our Protecting wildlife and Protecting landscapes pages useful. They contain more information about native plants and animals on the Gold Coast, and what you can do to help protect them.

Developers, landowners and conservation groups

Developers, local landowners and conservation groups all have a need to access accurate information on the Gold Coast’s native and pest plants and animals.

The City has developed its Gold Coast Flora and Fauna website to provide essential information for its partners and stakeholders to use in planning work and activities related to, or that may impact on, native flora and fauna.

The site provides information and tools to:

  • establish what plants or animals are native to, and are recorded in, a particular area
  • identify a specific plant or animal species
  • understand the habitats and extent of species on the Gold Coast
  • find out more information about particular species.

For developers, the website can help with identifying and assessing environmental impact and ecological sustainability issues. Landowners and conservation groups will find the site useful for identifying which species are native to and/or established in a specific locality.

The website’s Species information page gives access to species search functions (by common or scientific name) as well as downloadable lists of all Gold Coast species. Matched species will be returned as individual pages with more detailed information which can include description, legal status (e.g. threatened), habitat and Gold Coast locations, and images where available.

The site’s Map search page has Google mapping tools enabling you to search for particular species or focus on species in a particular location using GPS coordinates.

Our planning and building pages have more information for developers. The environmental planning pages offer more information about the City’s approach to protecting the natural environment of the Gold Coast.

Students studying or researching the Gold Coast’s plants and animals

The City's Flora and fauna website is a valuable resource for students and researchers working on projects relating to the flora and fauna of the Gold Coast.

The site provides the following information, tools and resources:

  • database of all flora and fauna species found on the Gold Coast
  • species search functions and mapping tools
  • downloadable species lists
  • large collection of studies and reports relating to Gold Coast flora and fauna.

The website’s Species information page offers:

  • full searches of the website’s database for a specific plant or animal
  • browsing or downloading of lists of Gold Coast species.

The Map search page offers:

  • Google mapping to undertake species or study searches by location
  • mapping of species in a particular location using map coordinates or double clicking on the desired area of the map.

The Flora and fauna studies page offers:

  • references to almost 1000 reports, articles, plans, surveys, assessments and environmental impact statements
  • searching for reports relevant to specific species or location.

Our Community partnership and education pages have more useful information and resources for students and researchers.

As well as helping users to identify and locate plants and animals in the region, the site is part of the City's ongoing commitment to conserve our city's biodiversity and natural assets.

By providing accurate data about our flora and fauna, we can help inform decision-making, give certain species special consideration and ensure future development is ecologically sustainable. We hope the site will assist residents, businesses, schools, research organisations and community groups to contribute directly to native species conservation.

The City recognises that our native wildlife and natural environments are among our most critical assets, essential to the future social, economic and environmental sustainability of the Gold Coast. Our Natural City Strategy helps to guide this work.


Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) Commendation

2017 National Awards for Planning Excellence

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The City of Gold Coast received a national commendation for the Gold Coast Flora & Fauna Database in the 'Improving Planning Processes and Practices' category at the National Awards for Planning Excellence in May 2017.

The project, which was developed by the City's Environment Planning team, provides a customer focused tool for collating and accessing natural asset data and information. This spatial and temporal dataset has been critical in supporting strategic planning, policy development and implementation as well as guiding practical, on-ground outcomes.

The database has become a valuable resource for City officers, residents, students, and industry groups and is a cost effective, replicable platform that ultimately promotes a greater understanding of the Gold Coast's native plants and animals. Winning this important award highlights the City's innovative and professional approach to continually improving our planning processes and practices.

2016 Queensland Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) Award

The City was presented with a Queensland PIA award for excellence in the 'Improving Planning Processes and Practices' category. The award for excellence recognises the achievement of the City in delivering and implementing a flora and fauna database.

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