Koala Conservation

The City of Gold Coast is committed to ensuring the long-term survival of koalas and has implemented koala conservation projects across the region.

Community involvement is essential in the fight to save our koalas. You can get involved by:

If you see a koala that needs rescuing, call the WILDCARE 24 hour hotline on
07 5527 2444.

What to look out for to know if a koala needs rescuing:

  • being stuck on a fence in a hazardous situation, for example, beside a busy road
  • observed sitting or sleeping on the ground for an extended period
  • sitting in the same tree for more than 48 hours
  • physical signs of injury, for example, limping, inability to climb, blood patches on fur, etc.
  • any visibly missing fur
  • a 'wet' or 'dirty' reddish stained rump
  • conjunctivitis (red, swollen, weepy) eyes.
If you are unsure if a koala requires rescue, please call WILDCARE. Advice can be provided over the phone and a record of the koala's location made for further observation or rescue.

We are committed to koala conservation and have adopted conservation plans for some of the most significant koala populations on the Gold Coast. Find out more:

The City of Gold Coast is committed to ensuring the long-term survival of koalas and has implemented koala conservation projects across the region.

Community involvement is essential in the fight to save our koalas. You can get involved by:

If you see a koala that needs rescuing, call the WILDCARE 24 hour hotline on
07 5527 2444.

What to look out for to know if a koala needs rescuing:

  • being stuck on a fence in a hazardous situation, for example, beside a busy road
  • observed sitting or sleeping on the ground for an extended period
  • sitting in the same tree for more than 48 hours
  • physical signs of injury, for example, limping, inability to climb, blood patches on fur, etc.
  • any visibly missing fur
  • a 'wet' or 'dirty' reddish stained rump
  • conjunctivitis (red, swollen, weepy) eyes.
If you are unsure if a koala requires rescue, please call WILDCARE. Advice can be provided over the phone and a record of the koala's location made for further observation or rescue.

We are committed to koala conservation and have adopted conservation plans for some of the most significant koala populations on the Gold Coast. Find out more:

Gold Coast Koala News

  • Koala Friends Community Day 2016 - Please come and join us!

    19 days ago
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    Help save koalas!

    Please join us at this family friendly event for a morning of koala conservation related activities.

    The kids will enjoy meeting the worlds most famous koala, Blinky Bill and love coming face-to-face with one of his real live koala friends. There will also be wildlife face painting and a fundraising sausage sizzle.

    A series of koala conservation presentations will be delivered throughout the morning, topics include: koala health and disease, koalas and dogs, Gold Coast koalas, growing koala friendly backyards and koala rescue and rehabilitation.

    To top of the day there will be an indigenous dance and... Continue reading

    Help save koalas!

    Please join us at this family friendly event for a morning of koala conservation related activities.

    The kids will enjoy meeting the worlds most famous koala, Blinky Bill and love coming face-to-face with one of his real live koala friends. There will also be wildlife face painting and a fundraising sausage sizzle.

    A series of koala conservation presentations will be delivered throughout the morning, topics include: koala health and disease, koalas and dogs, Gold Coast koalas, growing koala friendly backyards and koala rescue and rehabilitation.

    To top of the day there will be an indigenous dance and didgeridoo performance!

    Register your interest by phone or email:

    P: 07 55828024

    E: koalas@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

    We hope to see you there!


  • Watch out, koalas are about!

    30 days ago
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    The koala breeding season in South East Queensland is a time of increased koala movement on the ground, particularly from November to January. Extra care should be taken when driving near koala habitat during this time.

    The City is installing additional road signage at known koala road crossing locations. The new signs will be located at Ragamuffin Drive East and Condor Drive within the Coomera Waters estate, as well as along Napper Road at Arundel.

    The signs include a phone number to call to report all koala sightings (1300 GOLD COAST-1300 4653 26878). If you find a sick or injured,... Continue reading

    The koala breeding season in South East Queensland is a time of increased koala movement on the ground, particularly from November to January. Extra care should be taken when driving near koala habitat during this time.

    The City is installing additional road signage at known koala road crossing locations. The new signs will be located at Ragamuffin Drive East and Condor Drive within the Coomera Waters estate, as well as along Napper Road at Arundel.

    The signs include a phone number to call to report all koala sightings (1300 GOLD COAST-1300 4653 26878). If you find a sick or injured, distressed or deceased koala, please contact Wildcare Australia via this number or directly on 07 5527 2444 (24 hours).


  • Do you visit dog off-leash areas?

    30 days ago
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    Did you know it is an offence to allow your dog off leash in any public area other than a designated off-leash area? There are about 120 dog off-leash areas within the city where people can take their canine friends to run and play. A number of these, including Discovery Park (Helensvale), Schusters Park (Tallebudgera) and Eddie Kornhauser Recreational Reserve (Elanora) are known to form part of the home range for the local koala populations.

    Dogs are capable of causing serious injury and death to koalas. Signs of a bite may not be visible on a koala,... Continue reading

    Did you know it is an offence to allow your dog off leash in any public area other than a designated off-leash area? There are about 120 dog off-leash areas within the city where people can take their canine friends to run and play. A number of these, including Discovery Park (Helensvale), Schusters Park (Tallebudgera) and Eddie Kornhauser Recreational Reserve (Elanora) are known to form part of the home range for the local koala populations.

    Dogs are capable of causing serious injury and death to koalas. Signs of a bite may not be visible on a koala, however they may have significant internal injuries or develop a life-threatening infection. If there is a possibility your dog has injured a koala take the following steps:

    • do not touch the koala

    • contain the koala, if possible, by placing a bin or box over it and sitting a weight on top

    • immediately call Wildcare Australia on (07) 5527 2444 (24 hours).

    The Environment Planning team, together with the City’s Animal Management Unit and the Parks and Recreational Services Branch, are working to create positive outcomes for koalas while also ensuring the needs of the community are met.

    Please report wild or roaming dogs to the City's Animal Management Unit on 07 5581 6664.


  • Burleigh Ridge Koala Conservation Plan: 2015 Surveys

    3 months ago
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    The Koala Conservation Plan for Burleigh Ridge provides for the ongoing survival of the Burleigh koala population.

    The Burleigh area supports a small but long established koala population that is particularly vulnerable to threats posed by habitat fragmentation, isolation and degradation, vehicle strike, attack by domestic dogs, disease and bushfire

    As part of the plan the City will undertake strip transect and Spot Assessment Technique (SAT) surveys every two years to monitor koala populations. We completed follow up surveys in November 2015.

    While the results of the most recent surveys are still being analysed, five healthy koalas were directly observed,... Continue reading

    The Koala Conservation Plan for Burleigh Ridge provides for the ongoing survival of the Burleigh koala population.

    The Burleigh area supports a small but long established koala population that is particularly vulnerable to threats posed by habitat fragmentation, isolation and degradation, vehicle strike, attack by domestic dogs, disease and bushfire

    As part of the plan the City will undertake strip transect and Spot Assessment Technique (SAT) surveys every two years to monitor koala populations. We completed follow up surveys in November 2015.

    While the results of the most recent surveys are still being analysed, five healthy koalas were directly observed, including a mother and her joey, along with lots of indirect koala observations (pellets and tree scratch marks).

    This is a timely reminder that koalas still inhabit the Burleigh area and it is important to be vigilant and take actions to protect koalas. These actions include:

    • driving safely around koala habitat and heeding koala road signs

    • being a responsible pet owner

    • reporting koala sightings either online (www.gchaveyoursay.com.au/koalas) or by phone (1300 GOLD COAST)

    • reporting sick, injured or unwell koalas to Wildcare Australia (07 5527 2444).

    The below koala photos were taken by Jennifer O'Toole while walking through the Tallebudgera Creek Conservation Park, Burleigh Heads in October 2015.






  • Koala Tales - Spot the koala quiz

    3 months ago
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    Jess Bourner, a member of the Koala Friends Program was astonished when she came across five koalas sitting in two adjacent trees with intertwining branches at a Currumbin Waters Park in early December.

    Koalas are notoriously hard to spot in the wild and usually quite solitary, which makes this even more amazing. Why not see if you can locate each of the five koalas in the photo!

    Check out the image below to see how well you went!



    Jess Bourner, a member of the Koala Friends Program was astonished when she came across five koalas sitting in two adjacent trees with intertwining branches at a Currumbin Waters Park in early December.

    Koalas are notoriously hard to spot in the wild and usually quite solitary, which makes this even more amazing. Why not see if you can locate each of the five koalas in the photo!

    Check out the image below to see how well you went!



  • Threatened Species Koala Tree Planting Day September 2015

    3 months ago
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    Koalas on the Gold Coast benefit from the presence of preferred tree species to provide a reliable food source, shelter and increased connectivity between habitat patches.

    There was a great turn out from the community at Schusters Park, Tallebudgera on 5 September for National Threatened Species Day. People from across the Gold Coast, including Cr Daphne McDonald, arrived to help plant around 500 koala food and habitat trees.

    Threatened Species Day is a national day held each year to commemorate the death of the last remaining Tasmanian tiger (also... Continue reading

    Koalas on the Gold Coast benefit from the presence of preferred tree species to provide a reliable food source, shelter and increased connectivity between habitat patches.

    There was a great turn out from the community at Schusters Park, Tallebudgera on 5 September for National Threatened Species Day. People from across the Gold Coast, including Cr Daphne McDonald, arrived to help plant around 500 koala food and habitat trees.

    Threatened Species Day is a national day held each year to commemorate the death of the last remaining Tasmanian tiger (also known as the thylacine) at Hobart Zoo in 1936. It was amazing to see so many passionate people turn up on the day to try and help protect this vulnerable species and ensure koalas don’t suffer the same fate as the Tasmanian tiger.

  • 22 Jan 2016 - Your koala photo uploads

    4 months ago
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    Thank you to all our friends who have uploaded images of their koala sightings.

    Keep them coming and don't forget to tell your friends and neighbours.

    Go here to see the images.

    Thank you to all our friends who have uploaded images of their koala sightings.

    Keep them coming and don't forget to tell your friends and neighbours.

    Go here to see the images.