Our dynamic coastal environment is shaped by interactions between ecology, physical processes, storm events and human activities.
City of Gold Coast, in partnership with Griffith University's Centre for Coastal Management, works to better understand the ecological and physical processes that shape our coastal environment, so that we can manage it sustainably.
Our coastline is teeming with life. From the great sandy dunes of South Stradbroke Island, to the rocky shore at Burleigh headland, to the coastal wetlands of Coombabah, there is an abundance of plant and animal life of all shapes and sizes.
The movement of sand plays a fundamental role in creating and shaping our coastal environment. Although the east coast of Australia is affected by the Eastern Australian Current, its greatest determinant is the process of longshore drift.
Tidal exchange flushes nutrients from the creeks and rivers out into the ocean, maintaining water quality in the estuarine environment. You can observe all of these processes at work at Currumbin Creek.
Natural disasters have played a huge role in the history of the Gold Coast. Cyclones, tsunamis and storm surges affect not just our coastal development and recreational amenity, but also the ecosystems of our coast.
The beach is a huge part of the Gold Coast way of life, and is instrumental in shaping our city's culture and economy.
To find out how you can experience our beaches and foreshores, and the wildlife you might find at various points along our coast, check out our Oceanways and Foreshoreways pages.
For more information on caring for our coastline, see our coastal management pages.