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Gold Coast Weekly | Issue #33 | NaturallyGC Photo Competition

Jump behind the camera, be inspired by the biodiversity of the Gold Coast and submit your entries to our NaturallyGC Instagram Photo Competition.

Issue #33: Calling all nature enthusiasts and budding photographers - our NaturallyGC Instagram photo competition is back and we're inviting you to share your images with us. Also in this week's edition, we're bringing you details on SWELL Sculpture Festival and how you can explore our biodiverse city with our NaturallyGC program.

Capturing the beauty of the Gold Coast

Capturing the beauty of the Gold Coast

Cameras at the ready - we're calling on all nature lovers, photographers, and aspiring creatives to submit snaps for our 2021 NaturallyGC Instagram photo competition.

From our stunning coastlines to the scenic hinterland, ancient rainforests and unique flora and fauna, there's no shortage of nature to explore on the Gold Coast. Not sure where to get started? Check out our nature trails page for a list of conservation areas to discover.

How to enter:

  • take a photo of fauna, flora or a landscape here on the Gold Coast
  • upload it to Instagram (ensure your profile is on public)
  • include the hashtag #NaturallyGC2021 and tag @cityofgoldcoast.

With $800 worth of prizes on offer, make a submission today. Find inspiration from past submission entries on our website. T&C's apply.

Swell Sculpture Festival

SWELL Sculpture Festival

Come face to face with over 65 awe-inspiring sculptures by local, national and international artists at the 19th edition of the SWELL Sculpture Festival 2021.


When: 10 to 19 September, 8am-8pm
Where: Currumbin Beach


From dusk until dawn Currumbin Beach will transform into a delightful outdoor gallery, with each sculptural piece telling a unique story.


Immerse yourself in the creative experience of SWELL across the broader city, with pop up exhibitions including westerlySWELL at Mudgeeraba & Lower Beechmont, easterlySWELL at Chevron Island and northerlySWELL at Helensvale.


Explore the full calendar of events and program schedule online.

Turn screen time into green time

Step into nature this Biodiversity Month

Connect, conserve and explore our city's natural environment with NaturallyGC this Biodiversity Month. As one of the most biodiverse regions in Australia, our city is a celebration of nature with:

  • 52 kilometres of open coastline
  • 1730 species of native plants
  • almost 600 species of native animals.

Explore what makes the Gold Coast so unique by taking part in one of our 900+ nature-based activities, events and workshops across the city.


With our NaturallyGC program you can:

Learn more about our NaturallyGC program online.


Tarrabora Bushcare Group Tree Planting

Bushcare Tree Planting

11 September, 8am-10am

If you enjoy being outdoors and making a difference in the community, then this event is for you. Help restore our natural environment by planting trees in pre-dug holes.


Where: Toolona Park, Tugun

Cost: Free, bookings essential

A&H Tai Chi

A&H Tai Chi

11 September, 8am-9am

Join our qualified instructor to help improve your mobility and mind. This class is a healing combination of martial art movements including Qi energy circulation, breathing and stretching.

Where: Broadwater Parklands, Southport

Cost: Free

Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger Hunt

12 September, 10am-2pm

Bring the family along to Broadwater Parklands to search for clues and solve mysteries in our fun and adventurous scavenger hunt. 


Where: Broadwater Parklands, near bouncy pillow
Cost: Free


Road Closure Notifications

Surfers Paradise
Where: Wharf Road between Old Burleigh Road and beach end of street (full road closure)

When: 7 to 24 September, 6.30am-6.30pm

To view all the road closures taking place on the Gold Coast visit our Media Centre or Department of Transport and Main Roads.

Have your say on parking

Have you had your say on the proposed amendments to Subordinate Local Law 2 (Regulated Parking)? Some of the proposed changes include expansion of Traffic Area boundaries, amendment of parking permit criteria and changes to penalty units for traffic offences. Visit GCHaveYourSay for more information.

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