Gold Coast Hinterland

Cutting edge environmental restoration projects on the Gold Coast: Partnerships in practice

This tour will showcase two excellent environmental projects within the City of Gold Coast (COGC): Austinville Valley and Schuster Park. As the second largest local government area in Australia, the COGC has recognised environmental land management programs and extension support for community groups and private landowners, a Nature Conservation Assistance Program, Land for Wildlife, and Council supported bushcare groups. Austinville Valley is a hinterland sub-catchment that demonstrates excellent examples of each of these programs.


The tour will showcase the work of Austinville Landcare in restoring upper Mudgeeraba Creek with co-investment from the National Landcare Program through Healthy Land and Water restoring seven kilometres of critically endangered riparian sub-tropical rainforest.  A special feature will be a walking tour that identifies a host of local rainforest treasures. Schuster Park is a 68-hectare ex-dairy farm on Tallebudgera Creek acquired by Council for conservation and recreational use. Tour participants will visit a variety of ecosystems including open forest, melaleuca wetlands, saltmarsh and mangroves, managed with a mix of approaches including community revegetation, waterway reconstruction and assisted regeneration. This is the trip for koala sightings.

Cost: $50 per person (includes transport, morning tea, lunch, water and snacks)

The schedule with timings will be provided closer to the date.

This field trip will depart from Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre at  8.30am on Wednesday, 10 October 2018.

*We recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes.

*Subject to change

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