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 Heads Tree Planting Day – 6 May 2017

    5 days ago
    Tree planting 6 may 17

    Burleigh Heads is home to 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.

    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.

    We would like to invite you to help protect the koalas in Burleigh Heads by participating in our Koala Tree Planting Day.

    Date: Saturday 6 May 2017
    Time: 9-10:30am
    Location: Burleigh Heads (park name and location given upon booking)
    What to... Continue reading

    Burleigh Heads is home to 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.

    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.

    We would like to invite you to help protect the koalas in Burleigh Heads by participating in our Koala Tree Planting Day.

    Date: Saturday 6 May 2017
    Time: 9-10:30am
    Location: Burleigh Heads (park name and location given upon booking)
    What to bring: Please wear enclosed shoes, gloves, a hat, sunscreen and bring drinking water.
    Ages: all ages, family friendly event

    Attendance space is limited, please call or email to book before Thursday 4 May 2017.

    E: namu@goldcoast.qld.gov.au
    P: 07 5581 1537

    This great photo of a healthy male koala is courtesy of Jo Grigg.
  • Big thanks for a great tree planting day

    2 months ago
    The tree planting gang

    Thank you to all our koala friends who braved the hot weather to come and create koala habitat at Schusters Park, Tallebudgera on the weekend.

    The huge group of nearly 70 people planted a combination of 760 preferred koala food trees, shelter trees, and other plants in just over an hour. These planting will grow into important habitat for koalas in the years to come.

    ‘Koala Friend’ Katrina, a local who knows Schusters Park very well, took a few people at the end of the planting for a walk to spot koalas. On the journey, we were lucky enough to... Continue reading

    Thank you to all our koala friends who braved the hot weather to come and create koala habitat at Schusters Park, Tallebudgera on the weekend.

    The huge group of nearly 70 people planted a combination of 760 preferred koala food trees, shelter trees, and other plants in just over an hour. These planting will grow into important habitat for koalas in the years to come.

    ‘Koala Friend’ Katrina, a local who knows Schusters Park very well, took a few people at the end of the planting for a walk to spot koalas. On the journey, we were lucky enough to spot five koalas, all trying their best to keep nice and cool! Seeing so many koalas in the park was a great reminder of how important it is to keep planting trees and creating habitat.

    Don’t forget, the City is developing a new City-wide Koala Conservation Plan and this is your opportunity to let us know your thoughts on koala conservation. We would like your feedback on the koala’s major threats, what conservation actions you consider are most important and how you would like to be involved in the future. Please take the time to do the survey by clicking here.

    Thanks to Mandie Lee (Koala Crusader) for capturing some great images of everyone hard at work.

    The tree planting gang (Feb 2017). Notice the line of greenery just behind the group. These trees were planted in September 2015 and have grown so quickly. Hopefully it won’t be long and we’ll see koalas taking advantage of the trees.

    A mix of koala food and habitat trees just planted.

    Tree being placed in the ground.

    Volunteers planting trees.
  • Have your say on City’s new plan to help keep koalas safe

    2 months ago
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    You are invited to have your say on ways to manage our local koala population to help guide the development of our new Citywide Koala Conservation Plan.

    This new plan will build on our endorsed Elanora-Currumbin Waters, East Coomera and Burleigh Ridge Koala Conservation Plans, and identify specific threats and appropriate conservation actions relevant to all areas of the city.

    The existing plans include actions to conserve and restore habitat, manage threats from traffic, bushfire, dogs and pest animals, support koala health and welfare, and educate the community.

    The new plan will take this work citywide and investigate options to... Continue reading

    You are invited to have your say on ways to manage our local koala population to help guide the development of our new Citywide Koala Conservation Plan.

    This new plan will build on our endorsed Elanora-Currumbin Waters, East Coomera and Burleigh Ridge Koala Conservation Plans, and identify specific threats and appropriate conservation actions relevant to all areas of the city.

    The existing plans include actions to conserve and restore habitat, manage threats from traffic, bushfire, dogs and pest animals, support koala health and welfare, and educate the community.

    The new plan will take this work citywide and investigate options to decrease injuries and fatalities caused by domestic and pest animals.

    We would like your feedback on the koala’s major threats, what conservation actions you consider are most important and how you’d like to be involved in the future.

    Complete the survey here. Consultation closes 21 February.

    For information on the City’s koala conservation plans visit cityofgoldcoast.com.au/koala


  • Gold Coast koala mums seen carrying precious joey cargo

    6 months ago
    Newsfeed joeys
    We are well into the koala breeding season at the moment and koala mums carrying their precious joeys are being reported through our online form and koala phone message bank.

    Cute koala joeys have had their photos snapped and details reported from Elanora and Currumbin Waters in the south all the way to Oxenford and Pimpama in the North.

    Koala joeys emerge from their mothers pouch at around six months of age. This is when they can be seen tightly hugging or piggy backing mum. This is also when they are weaned off milk and begin a diet of Eucalypt... Continue reading

    We are well into the koala breeding season at the moment and koala mums carrying their precious joeys are being reported through our online form and koala phone message bank.

    Cute koala joeys have had their photos snapped and details reported from Elanora and Currumbin Waters in the south all the way to Oxenford and Pimpama in the North.

    Koala joeys emerge from their mothers pouch at around six months of age. This is when they can be seen tightly hugging or piggy backing mum. This is also when they are weaned off milk and begin a diet of Eucalypt leaves. The joey will continue to stay with mum till around 12 months old when they will move on and find their own territory.

    Have you seen a koala joey and have a photo you would like to share?
    Let us know, head to our report a koala sighting form.


  • The robot eyes have it: cutting-edge tool for koala conservation

    6 months ago
    Koala drone


    A new tool for protecting our vulnerable koala populations is being put to the test - drones equipped with artificial intelligence (AI) and backed by powerful statistical analysis.

    Koala experts from City of Gold Coast, Logan and Tweed councils are working with Queensland University of Technology researchers in this unique approach to trial Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology.

    Test flights over koala habitats in each region will coincide with ground-based koala counts, which has the potential to be far cheaper, safer and more accurate than current tracking methods.

    Gold Coast Mayor, Tom Tate said the unique project enabled a coordinated... Continue reading


    A new tool for protecting our vulnerable koala populations is being put to the test - drones equipped with artificial intelligence (AI) and backed by powerful statistical analysis.

    Koala experts from City of Gold Coast, Logan and Tweed councils are working with Queensland University of Technology researchers in this unique approach to trial Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology.

    Test flights over koala habitats in each region will coincide with ground-based koala counts, which has the potential to be far cheaper, safer and more accurate than current tracking methods.

    Gold Coast Mayor, Tom Tate said the unique project enabled a coordinated approach to koala monitoring and population assessment.

    "This project not only enhances our existing Koala Conservation Plans, it strengthens our koala management opportunities by partnering with our two neighbouring local government areas," Cr Tate said.

    "Hopefully the results of the trial will prove useful when it comes to monitoring our resident koala populations and future planning for their protection."

    The project is expected to wrap up within the next month.


    Click here to view the koala drone video footage.


  • Threatened Species Koala Tree Planting Day 2016

    7 months ago
    Tree planting


    September is the time of year where we come together for National Threatened Species Day, a day to commemorate the death of the last Tasmanian tiger at Hobart Zoo in 1936. It is also a special month known as ‘Save the koala’ month; where we take action to ensure the koala doesn’t go down the same path as the Tassie Tiger.

    The Koala Team in collaboration with our Natural Areas Management Unit would like to invite you to take action for koalas and other threatened species on the Gold Coast by planting a tree at our Threatened Species Koala Tree... Continue reading


    September is the time of year where we come together for National Threatened Species Day, a day to commemorate the death of the last Tasmanian tiger at Hobart Zoo in 1936. It is also a special month known as ‘Save the koala’ month; where we take action to ensure the koala doesn’t go down the same path as the Tassie Tiger.

    The Koala Team in collaboration with our Natural Areas Management Unit would like to invite you to take action for koalas and other threatened species on the Gold Coast by planting a tree at our Threatened Species Koala Tree Planting Day.

    • All tools required are available on the day

    • Public facilities are available within Schuster’s Park

    • Please wear closed in shoes, sun safe clothing, a hat and remember your sun screen and drinking water!

    Date: Saturday 24th September

    Location: Schuster's Park, Heather St, Tallebudgera

    Ages: all ages, family friendly event

    Attendance space is limited, please call or email to book before Thursday 22 September

    E:namu@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

    P: 07 55811537


  • Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Open Day - 30 July 2016

    9 months ago
    City of gold coast stall

    The Vulnerable Species Management Team recently held a stall at the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Open Day. It was great to see many wildlife enthusiasts turn up to find out what happens in the hospital and learn about wildlife, including koalas.

    Free koala food trees were given away to those people that live on suitable properties. The trees were extra special as they were grown from seeds collected from trees across the Gold Coast known to be used by koalas.

    The City of Gold Coast works closely with Currumbin Wildlife Hospital in relation to koala health, welfare and conservation.... Continue reading

    The Vulnerable Species Management Team recently held a stall at the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Open Day. It was great to see many wildlife enthusiasts turn up to find out what happens in the hospital and learn about wildlife, including koalas.

    Free koala food trees were given away to those people that live on suitable properties. The trees were extra special as they were grown from seeds collected from trees across the Gold Coast known to be used by koalas.

    The City of Gold Coast works closely with Currumbin Wildlife Hospital in relation to koala health, welfare and conservation. Head to www.savingyourwildlife.org.au/ to find out more about how Currumbin Wildlife Hospital is saving Australia’s wildlife.


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

    12 months 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!

    12 months ago
    Koala road sign

    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?

    12 months ago
    Eddie kornhauser sign

    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.