Lower Beechmont Conservation Area is managed by the City of Gold Coast and covers a total of 789 ha. Restoration work commenced on site in 2006 and more than 250 ha have been restored via assisted regeneration including large scale and intensive weed control. Four separate revegetation projects have also been implemented to between 2006 and 2016.
The site contains 10 regional ecosystems ranging from remnant and regrowth sub-tropical rainforest and riparian areas to dry sclerophyll systems. It is home to 180 relocated koalas as well as a number of threatened flora and fauna species. The site is monitored and other management activities such as feral animal control and fire management continue together with intensive and ongoing restoration works. It is also frequently visited by many visitors and residents of the Gold Coast.
Participants on this field trip will be able to see established regeneration areas, four stages of planting and how these areas were chosen to link key zones across the lower part of the site, in addition to experiencing one of the magnificent views looking over the heart of the Gold Coast.
Morning tea on Clagiraba Creek and lunch at Freemans Rd lookout, the highest part of the site.
This field trip will require walking up to 5 km along tracks through the forest. A couple of 4WD’s will be available to assist less mobile people from the car park into much of the site.
Cost: $50 per person. Includes travel, packed morning tea and lunch and restoration guides.
Date and time: Friday 28th September 08:00 – 17:00. Depart and return from/to UQ.