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Koala Friends: Free September School Holidays Koala Program

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The City of Gold Coast (City) Koala Friends Program September school holiday schedule of events aims to bring the community together to engage in koala conservation initiatives.

Providing community education and awareness events for both children and adults the program seeks to promote a sense of stewardship amongst the community and to increase awareness of threats to the local koala population.

Koala conservation events in the program include:

Tree planting days

Tallebudgera – Wednesday 20th September, 9am – 10:30am (Junior Landcare)

Join the City’s natural areas team and Green Heroes for a community planting day with a super hero theme specifically for kids aged three to 13. Junior Landcare is about encouraging young people to play an active role in caring for their natural environment. Little super heroes can help provide habitat for our wildlife and improve the health of the park. Dress up as your favourite super hero or storybook character or you can make your own costumes or capes using recycled materials and op-shop finds. It’s a wonderful opportunity to teach them the importance of environmental stewardship and taking care of the planet. Adults welcome!

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East Coomera – Saturday 23rd September, 9am – 10:30am (Koala tree planting - date was changed from 16th September to current date)

Join the City’s natural areas team and help plant food and habitat trees for koalas in East Coomera. You will also discover more about the local koala population and learn how you can take simple measures to support koala conservation on the Gold Coast. Supported by Division 3 Councillor Cameron Caldwell. Suitable for all ages.

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Coombabah – Wednesday 27th September, 9 am – 10:30am (Junior Landcare)

Junior Landcare is about encouraging young people to play an active role in caring for their natural environment. Come along and join in the fun with a community planting day specifically for kids aged three to 13. It’s a wonderful opportunity to teach them the importance of environmental stewardship and taking care of the planet. Adults welcome!

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Koala keeper for a day program – Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Nature Ed

The Koala Friends Program is giving 8-14 year olds an exclusive opportunity to become a Koala Keeper for a Day. Hosted by Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, the experience is delivered and supervised by experienced Wildlife Education Officers. Kids will experience exclusive and hands on activities while learning more about koalas, conservation and koala keeping duties.

Date: Tuesday 19th September, 8:30-1pm

Cost: This is a free experience offered by the City’s Koala Friends Program. Please note that places are limited.

To register: Please complete the booking request form and email directly to education@cws.org.au by Monday 11th September COB. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary will send you email confirmation shortly after this completed booking form is received.



Koala ranger for a day program – David Fleay Wildlife Park

If the kids are looking to learn about koalas this school holidays, why not get hands on and become a koala ranger for the day at David Fleay Wildlife Park. This program offers kids the chance to get very close and personal with the koala while going behind the scenes and learning all about what it takes to care for this very fussy eater.

David Fleay Wildlife park will be hosting this event on behalf of the City’s Koala Friends Program with two age groups options available.

Ages: 8 – 12 years Date: Wednesday 27th September, 9:30am – 2:30pm

Ages: 5 - 7 years Date: Thursday 28th September, 9:30am – 12:30pm

Cost: This is a free experience offered by City’s Koala Friends Program. Please note that places are limited.

To register: Please phone David Fleay Wildlife Park on (07) 56692051 during business hours to register your interest.



Koala ranger for a day program – Dreamworld

Are you wild about our wildlife? Be one of the selected few to be a koala keeper for a day on Monday 25th September at Dreamworld. Your adventure starts with an exclusive behind the scenes tour to see our veterinary clinic, food preparation area, and the home of the second largest koala colony on the planet, and lots of other koala activities included. Be quick, limited places available.

Ages: 8 and above

Date: Wednesday 25th September, 10:00am – 12:00pm

Cost: This is a free experience offered by City’s Koala Friends Program. Please note that places are limited.

To register: Please email education@dreamworld.com.au to register your interest.



Wildcare Australia Inc: Gold Coast Koalas - An introduction to rescue, care and rehabilitation

Are you interested in learning more about koalas?

Wildcare Australia Inc. is holding an Educational Workshop during September that will help residents have a better understanding of how to help local koala populations and what is involved with their rescue, care and rehabilitation.

Hear from an experienced koala rescuer and carer about topics such as:

• What is involved with being a koala rescuer and carer;

• Ways to reduce the risk to koalas in our suburbs;

• How to identify a sick koala and learn how and when to report them;

• What to do if you find a sick, injured or orphaned koala; and

• Examples of methods that wildlife volunteers use to rescue sick and injured koalas;

This will be followed by a presentation by a leading wildlife veterinarian, who will cover topics such as:

• Reasons for admission to the wildlife hospital;

• Veterinary triage and assessment of sick and injured koalas;

• Common injuries and diseases and how they are treated;

• Rehabilitation of koalas.

Final location details will be emailed to you upon confirmation of your booking.

Suitable only for children 12 years and over. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: This is a free experience offered by City’s Koala Friends Program.

To register: please email enquiries@wildcare.org.au

Location: Finnegan Way, Coomera

Date: Saturday 23rd September, 9:30am – 11:30am












Koala conservation walks

Have you ever seen a koala in the wild? They are notoriously hard to find. We’ll increase your chances on a special guided koala tour through some of the Gold Coast’s amazing conservation parks.

Learn about koala food and shelter trees, how to spot evidence of koalas, identifying koala disease and other threats, and how to get involved in koala conservation on the Gold Coast.

Bookings are essential. Click on the below links to register your interest and find out more.

Burleigh Koala Conservation Walk - Tuesday 19th September, 10:30am – 12:00pm

Coombabah Koala Conservation Walk - Wednesday 20th September, 10:30am – 12:00pm

Coomera Koala Conservation Walk - Thursday 21st September, 10:30am – 12:00pm



NaturallyGC Creatures of the Dark

Turn on your night vision and join us for a night time adventure on a light one-hour walk spotting some of Australia’s most iconic animals. The walk will be followed by a half hour wildlife show, so you’re guaranteed to see some amazing wildlife up close.

Bookings required, click here to register your interest and find out more.

Date & Time: 18th September; 7pm – 8:30pm

Location: Burleigh Heads

Ages: Eight and over (strict age limit applies)


NaturallyGC Walk on the Wildside

Bound along and discover what the kangaroos, koalas and other wildlife get up to at Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Area on a guided walk with a natural areas officer. This one-hour walk through the wetlands and boardwalk is a great way to get kids rediscovering nature.

Ages: Suitable for ages four to 12.

Bookings required. Click on the following links below to register your interest and find out more.

Coombabah LakelandsConservation Area - Session 1:

Date & time: Thursday 21 September; 8:00am – 9:00am

Coombabah LakelandsConservation Area - Session 2:

Date & time: Saturday 30th September; 8:00am – 9:00am


Upper Coomera and Elanora Library koala displays

Visit the Upper Coomera or Elanora branch libraries this September holidays and discover a wealth of resources to help you learn more about koalas. Both branches will have a display with important library resources on koalas, plus information on how you can get involved in koala conservation on the Gold Coast. The displays will be installed from the 16th to the 30th September.

Upper Coomera Library

Corner Reserve and Abraham Roads

Upper Coomera QLD 4209 (parking and entry off Abraham Road)

Elanora library

The Pines shopping centre, Guineas Creek Road

Elanora QLD 4221