Australian Plants Gold Coast

Special Interest Group of Friends of the Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens Inc

Diploglottis campbellii & Cupaniopsis newmanii

  • Increase members’ knowledge of Australian native flora.
  • Propagate and/or grow Australian native plants in private and public gardens and revegetation areas.
  • Support conservation and preservation of indigenous species.
  • Promote and/or share knowledge and use of native flora in the wider community.
  • As a Special Interest Group of the Friends of the Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens, to support their activities relevant to Australian native flora.


  • Monthly meetings with speakers or activities
  • Excursions: bush walks or campouts to areas of botanical interest

Planting Projects

  • Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens, Rosser Park
  • Hinterland Regional Park, Mudgeeraba
  • Southport Historical Society, Elliot St. Bundall

Our activities and meetings are on the second weekend of each month at 2pm at the Friends Centre – or alternatively there is a field trip. Notifications are sent out by email. Note that there is not a meeting in January and the meeting is replaced with a Christmas party in December.

Our topics may include gardening principles, garden design, plant families and plant identification, vegetation communities, flora for fauna (especially butterflies) and hands-on activities such as pruning and propagation.

This year’s program

February 11:Story of our Country walk with Kate Heffernan.
March 11:Visit to Clive Pigeon’s revegetation park at Upper Coomera.
April 8:Speaker Christina Yeomans – Growing for butterflies.
May 28:Joined with Friends’ Open Day community planting.
June10:Coombabah Wetlands Conservation Park – Melaleuca Boardwalk and Wallaby Track.
July 8:Wildflowers of WA presentation by Beth & Graham McDonald.
August 25-27:Sunshine Coast Wildflower Festival weekend (program to come).
September 9:Cougal Cascades National Park walk (plant lists available, looking especially for ferns.)
October 14:Demonstration of flower arranging with native plants by Flowers by Friends.
November 11:AGM
December:Christmas party – date to be announced.

Planting projects:

 Gold Coast Regional Botanic Garden

Some members help with community planting days, garden maintenance, nursery and guiding in the Mangroves to Mountains sections.

Hinterland Regional Park

Some of our members formed the first Bushcare group here. The group’s activities include revegetation with local native plants and controlling environmental weeds. The group has contributed to planting over 70,000 native plants and has held large community planting days with schools and organisations such as Green Corps.

The Park is home to over 158 bird species including the glossy black cockatoo and a range of other native animals including the endangered Richmond Birdwing butterfly – a result of planting their Birdwing vine Pararistolochia praevenosa.

Gold Coast & Hinterland Historical Society Gardens

The gardens are set on an historical piece of land. The site was an Aboriginal gathering place, then a pioneer cemetery and recently Museum grounds.

The grounds are part of a series of sand dunes that formed thousands of years ago, before the mouth of the Nerang River moved this far north.

The littoral rainforest trees remaining on the site inspired members of the Australian Plants group. We planted gardens and restored littoral vegetation, using a concept plan by eminent landscape architect Lawrie Smith AM.

Sections of the gardens include cottage garden, wallum garden, littoral rainforest, Aboriginal plant trail and banksia woodland – all well signed.

The gardens were part of the ABC’s Open Garden scheme in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Now they are open on the first Sunday each month along with the Museum.


 ‘Grow Natives on the Gold Coast: a practical guide for gardeners’

Written by Graham J. McDonald. SPECIAL PRICE $12, Friends price $10.

If you live on the Gold Coast, SE Qld or northern NSW, and want to grow native plants to beautify your garden, then this book is for you!

Members have pooled their knowledge and experience to help you

  • understand the different soil types on the Gold Coast
  • solve problems associated with these soil types
  • chose the best native species for your garden or revegetation
  • create a garden which will support our local wildlife

 ‘Birdwings New Home’, a picture book for children

Written by member Lynette Reilly and illustrated by butterfly and botanical artist Lois Hughes was published by the Friends. Selling at the Friends Centre for $10.

Both books are available at Friends Centre for purchase.

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