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

Saturday April 13, 2-4pm at Friends Centre

Prof. Tony Carroll, Griffith University Environmental Futures Research Institute

Studying the chemistry of eucalypts and rainforest plants helps us understand their ecology and taxonomy. We can use this knowledge to help develop medicines. Guided walk through gumtree corridor.

Saturday May 18, 2-4pm

Coombabah Wetlands Nature Reserve, Shelter Road and Pine Ridge Road. Leader Ted deBoer (to be confirmed).  Easy level walk on tracks and boardwalk. Car pool from Friends Centre, 1.30pm, Richard Phillipps 0427 392 568.

Sunday June 9, 10.30am – 3pm

BGANZ open day at GC Botanic Gardens 

July the 13th, Saturday, 2 pm – A Guided Walk through Native gardens of the Griffith University Gold Coast Campus by Professor Catherine Pickering. 

 School of Environment and Science, Environment Futures Research Institute, Griffith University, Gold Coast.    C.P. is a leader in native plants preservation.

August the 4th – Botanical Bazaar at Country Paradise Parklands – activity for Friends.

September the 14th, Saturday – illustrated talk by Peter and Lyn Reilly on WA’s amazing terrestrial orchids at the Friends Centre.

October the 12th, Saturday.  Visit to Tamborine Mountain Botanic Gardens, Forsythia Drive – meet there at noon. Richard Phillipps conducting  0427 392 568.

November the 9th, Saturday, at the Historical Society – Australian Plants Gold Coast AGM and planning meeting for 2020.  Guest speaker.

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.

Cape Chestnut