The City of the Gold Coast in Australia is well known for its spectacular beaches and coastal environments. Ocean Connect is a non-profit organisation that celebrates this richness and works towards involving the Gold Coast community in the enjoyment, protection and education of their coast.

Ocean Connect is about learning, understanding and enjoying the marine and coastal areas of the Gold Coast through environmental education, research and networking.

The association was established with the aim to connect existing organisations in the city that work towards protecting the marine and coastal environment, provide educational tools to the wider community, schools and local businesses to enhance their awareness on a range of current marine and coastal issues, biodiversity and coastal recreation and provide a platform for local artists that produce art with an environmental flavour!


IMG_0040Marine environmental education programs which focus on the Gold Coast coastal areas, for schools and community members are limited. Several for-profit companies provide  services to educational institutions for their environmental educational programs at considerable cost, however Ocean Connect aims to provide subsidized marine educational programs and lesson packs. Contact us to see how you can take advantage of these!

Community programs include rocky shore exploration sessions (especially geared towards children from 4-9), music and craft for toddlers on the beach, citizen science programs, crafting sessions and more. Members of Ocean Connect will be informed about all activities organised before non-members are notified, being able to secure that spot for those events before they are fully booked! Members will also attend certain events at lower cost!


Surveying Burleigh rock poolsOcean Connect provides a platform for local biologists, environmental graduates and conservationists to get involved in surveying and information gathering on the Gold Coast’s local coastal environment. Recent studies have focussed on the mangrove environment and rocky shores. The studies will contribute towards Ocean Connect’s education programs as well as expanding the current knowledge base on the Gold Coast’s unique environment. If you have experience in research techniques and conducting surveys and would like to get involved, get in touch!


Ocean Connect networkingBecoming part of the Ocean Connect network is all about connecting the organisations and individuals on the Gold Coast that work towards the protection, conservation and education of the Gold Coast marine environment.

Ocean Connect provides an on-line directory of not-for-profits and community organisations in the region. Becoming part of our network means you or your organisation will be invited to Ocean Connect’s Networking events, fundraising events (aimed at raising funds for your cause) and profiled in our regular newsletters.

If you are an individual who would like to promote their expertise through our website to maybe land that dream job in marine conservation, you can join our marine talents directory. Ocean Connect aims to get your name out there and make it easy for marine organisations/companies to find you.

Would you like to be part of our network? Please contact us!


Would you like to become a member? Would you like to volunteer teaching marine education or collecting data on Gold Coast’s marine issues? Would you like to be involved with Ocean Connect as part of your placement or internship? Please get in touch!

Memberships are available for everyone. Even if you live overseas and you still want to be connected to the Gold Coast’s ocean.