The Gold Coast Nature Journal Group meets once a month at various locations around the Gold Coast and Gold Coast hinterland, Queensland, Australia. The group is for people interested in observing and responding to nature through drawing and writing. Bring along your curiosity, good humour and something to write and/or draw with, and let’s have fun exploring the amazing natural places and wildlife of this region.

The fee for each session is a gold coin donation to the session leader (that’s me, Paula Peeters, until I can pass the baton on to other keen volunteers :)).

The loose format for each session will be:

  1. Meet and greet each other at the appointed place;
  2. Spend about 30 minutes exploring the area, discussing the ecology and identifying what plants and animals we can.
  3. If the session involves a certain theme or technique we will also discuss this at the start.
  4. Spend 1-2 hours or more nature journaling as a group or in subgroups, depending on the session and the interests of the group.
  5. Reconvene as one group and share our discoveries and responses.
  6. Be sure to BYO drinks and snacks, but a cuppa or lunch at a nearby eatery may also happen after the session.

All sessions will take place outdoors, so dress accordingly, be sunsmart and BYO insect repellent. BYO nature journaling materials (e.g. notebook, pens, pencils, etc) and chair or rug to sit on.

Note that to ensure we adhere to covid-safe guidelines, all attendees must:

  • adhere to social distancing of 1.5m.
  • sanitise hands prior to and after activity.
  • not come along if unwell.
  • provide up to date residential and contact details to the group leader at the start of the session.

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Dates:

Sunday 27th September 2020: Focus on Flowers, Pine Ridge Conservation Park, Hollywell, Qld (also known as Pine Ridge Regional Park). 9 am – 12 pm. All welcome. Gold coin donation to take part.

Come along to this precious remnant of wallum heathland, paperbark swamp and cypress pine forest in the northern Gold Coast. Wildflowers are sure to abound, so this session we’ll be focusing on flowers. Meet at the carpark in the north-west corner of the park, off Oxley Drive (Route 4) at 8.45am for a 9 am start.

BYO nature journaling materials (e.g. notebook, pen, pencils, etc) and chair or rug to sit on, plus drinks and snacks. But also try to pack light as we’ll need to walk 15-20 mins to reach the heathland part of the park. Dress to be outdoors, be sunsmart, and BYO sunscreen and insect repellent. Sturdy shoes are recommended as ants, reptiles and other bities will be active.


Saturday 31st October 2020: Create a Treasure Map in your nature journal. Gold Coast Botanic Gardens, Benowa, 9 am – 12 pm. All welcome. Gold coin donation to take part.

The Gold Coast Botanic Garden is full of treasures, including a wide variety of plants, wetlands, waterbirds and landscaped parklands. So it’s a great place to add some of these elements to your nature journal in the form of a treasure map. Or add any other treasures you might find! Meet outside the information centre at 8.45am for a 9 am start.

BYO nature journaling materials (e.g. notebook, pen, pencils, etc) and chair or rug to sit on, plus drinks and snacks. But also try to pack light as we’ll be wandering from place to place to create our treasure map. Dress to be outdoors, be sunsmart, and BYO sunscreen and insect repellent.


Wednesday 18th November 2020: Signs of spring in the rainforest. Binna Burra, Lamington National Park, 9 am – 12 pm. All welcome. Gold coin donation to take part.

Spring has sprung in the rainforest so there will be plenty of inspiration for journaling. Meet at Groom’s Cottage, Binna Burra, at 8.45am for a 9 am start.

BYO nature journaling materials (e.g. notebook, pen, pencils, etc) and chair or rug to sit on, plus drinks and snacks. But also try to pack light as we may do some wandering from place to place. Dress to be outdoors, be sunsmart, and BYO sunscreen and insect repellent. Sturdy shoes are recommended as ants, reptiles and other bities will be active.


Saturday 5th December 2020: Let’s draw animals! Saturday 5th December 2020, David Fleay Wildlife Park, West Burleigh, Qld. 9 am – 12 pm. All welcome. Gold coin donation to take part, plus entrance fee for David Fleay Wildlife Park.

Have fun getting close to some critters you might only get a fleeting glimpse of in the wild. Learn about our native wildlife and practice drawing live animals. Meet at the entrance of David Fleay Wildlife Park, Corner of West Burleigh Road and Loman Lane in West Burleigh, at 8.45am for a 9 am start.

BYO nature journaling materials (e.g. notebook, pen, pencils, etc) and chair or rug to sit on, plus drinks and snacks. But also try to pack light as we will do some wandering from place to place. Dress to be outdoors, be sunsmart, and BYO sunscreen and insect repellent.