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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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Threatened species

All native wildlife in Queensland is protected under the Nature Conservation Act 1992. This Act categorises threatened species according to how threatened they are, and what needs to be done in order to protect them.

Species (incorporating recent amendments to the Act) are classified into 'extinct in the wild', 'endangered', 'vulnerable', 'near threatened' and 'least concern'.

The Gold Coast is home to a number of animals and plants that fall into one of these 'threatened species' categories. Over the years, the City has been involved in a number of research projects aimed at finding out more about these species, such as how and where they live, how we impact on them and how we can help them survive.



The Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) is one of Australia's most loved and iconic animals, but they need your help. It is listed as a vulnerable species under State environmental legislation in Queensland.

Loggerhead Turtle and Green Turtle

The Loggerhead Turtle (Caretta caretta) and Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas) are recognised internationally as species of conservation concern.


Threatened rainforest plants of the Gold Coast

The City of Gold Coast recognises the valuable role private landholders play in restoring and protecting the city’s natural assets, including its threatened species.

Find out more about threatened rainforest plants of the Gold Coast.

More information

For more information, visit our Gold Coast Flora and Fauna website and our guide to the site page.

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