Koala Conservation

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Koala Conservation Plan
The City is working hard to conserve koalas across the Gold Coast via the implementation of the city wide Koala Conservation Plan. This Koala Conservation Plan builds on the previous experience and learnings of the Elanora-Currumbin Waters, East Coomera and Burleigh Ridge koala conservation plans, and identifies informed and targeted actions to mitigate key threats to koalas across the city.

Community involvement
It is essential that community members, like you, get involved to ensure the long-term survival of koalas on the Gold Coast. You can get involved by:
  • becoming a member of the Koala Friends Program
  • completing a Koala Sighting Form to report a koala sighting
  • calling 1300 GOLDCOAST (1300 465 326) to report a koala sighting
  • sharing your koala story and uploading photos here.

Learn about koalas, the threats facing them, our conservation efforts to save them and what you can do to help koalas on the Gold Coast here.

Koala breeding season is July to January
During this period the movement of koalas increases as juveniles disperse in search of their own home range and adults seek a mate. the increase in movement also raises the chance of harm.

Have you found a koala that needs help?

If you see a koala that needs rescuing, call the Wildcare Australia Inc. 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 Australia Inc. on 07 5527 2444. Advice can be provided over the phone and a record of the koala's location will be made for further observation or rescue.


Koala Conservation Plan
The City is working hard to conserve koalas across the Gold Coast via the implementation of the city wide Koala Conservation Plan. This Koala Conservation Plan builds on the previous experience and learnings of the Elanora-Currumbin Waters, East Coomera and Burleigh Ridge koala conservation plans, and identifies informed and targeted actions to mitigate key threats to koalas across the city.

Community involvement
It is essential that community members, like you, get involved to ensure the long-term survival of koalas on the Gold Coast. You can get involved by:
  • becoming a member of the Koala Friends Program
  • completing a Koala Sighting Form to report a koala sighting
  • calling 1300 GOLDCOAST (1300 465 326) to report a koala sighting
  • sharing your koala story and uploading photos here.

Learn about koalas, the threats facing them, our conservation efforts to save them and what you can do to help koalas on the Gold Coast here.

Koala breeding season is July to January
During this period the movement of koalas increases as juveniles disperse in search of their own home range and adults seek a mate. the increase in movement also raises the chance of harm.

Have you found a koala that needs help?

If you see a koala that needs rescuing, call the Wildcare Australia Inc. 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 Australia Inc. on 07 5527 2444. Advice can be provided over the phone and a record of the koala's location will be made for further observation or rescue.


  • Koala Tales - Spot the koala quiz

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    over 4 years ago

    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

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    over 4 years ago

    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

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    by SkyeR, over 4 years ago

    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.