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:
  • Burleigh Ridge Koala Conservation Plan: 2015 Surveys

    12 months ago
    Tallebudgera conservation park koala on tree

    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

    12 months ago
    Koala one of five   currumbin waters

    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

    12 months ago
    Threatened species koala tree planting day trees sep 2015   planting trees

    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

    over 1 year ago
    Koala pic 10

    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.