Flora and fauna

Welcome to the City of Gold Coast's flora and fauna website

Here, you'll find comprehensive information about the plants and animals that make our city one of the most biodiverse in Australia.

Mistletoebird sitting on a branch

Mistletoebird © Todd Burrows

  • Find out what plants or animals are located in your area.
  • Identify a specific plant or animal species.
  • Explore the range of wildlife on the Gold Coast.
  • Search over 1000 reports and studies related to Gold Coast flora and fauna.

The Gold Coast is home to more than 1730 recorded species of native vascular plants – 109 of which are listed as endangered, vulnerable or near threatened under the Nature Conservation Act 1992. The City of Gold Coast has recorded more than 600 species of native animals – 72 of which are listed as endangered, vulnerable or near threatened under the Nature Conservation Act 1992.

Developed by City of Gold Coast, this website assists residents and landowners, developers, conservation groups, students and researchers to identify and locate plants and animals found within the Gold Coast. This initiative is part of our ongoing commitment to conserve the city's biodiversity and natural assets, and is a key initiative of our Nature Conservation Strategy 2009-2019.

2017 National Awards for Planning Excellence, Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) Commendation

The City of Gold Coast received a national commendation for the Gold Coast Flora & Fauna Database in the 'Improving Planning Processes and Practices' category at the National Awards for Planning Excellence in May 2017.

Planning Institute of Australia (PIA)

Planning Institute of Australia (PIA)

The project, which was developed by the City's Environment Planning team, provides a customer focused tool for collating and accessing natural asset data and information. This spatial and temporal dataset has been critical in supporting strategic planning, policy development and implementation as well as guiding practical, on-ground outcomes.

The database has become a valuable resource for City officers, residents, students, and industry groups and is a cost effective, replicable platform that ultimately promotes a greater understanding of the Gold Coast's native plants and animals. Winning this important award highlights the City's innovative and professional approach to continually improving our planning processes and practices.

For ideas on how to get the best from this site, and for other related information, visit the City of Gold Coast website.