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Native plant identification

Identify our local native plants with the following publications and apps.

Native plant identification

Our locals are beauties

A guide to identifying common native plants and weeds of the Sunshine Coast.

The first edition of the coastal guide was developed and produced by a small dedicated group of Coolum and North Shore Coast Care volunteers. The current edition was produced by Sunshine Coast Council in partnership with Coolum and North Shore Coast Care:

Wildflowers of the Sunshine Coast

In late winter and spring the coast's wildflowers burst forth in an array of sizes, shapes and colours:

Join in the annual wildflower festival, a range of activities running over two weeks in August/September. Visit the Wildflower Festival website for more information.

Mangroves to mountains

A field guide to the native plants of South East Queensland published by the Society for Growing Australian Plants (Queensland Region) Inc.

Hard copy books can be purchased from local community native nurseries or on the mangroves to mountains website.

Wild plants of greater Brisbane

Authored and published by the Queensland Museum this book describes a broad range of plants within the major ecosystems.

Hard-copy books can be purchased from local community native nurseries, bookshops or from the Queensland Museum.

iNaturalist Australia

One of the world’s most popular nature apps, iNaturalist helps you identify the plants and animals around you. Get connected with a community of over 750,000 scientists and naturalists who can help you learn more about nature! What’s more, by recording and sharing your observations, you’ll create research quality data for scientists working to better understand and protect nature.

iNaturalist Australia is the product of a membership agreement between the iNaturalist Network, Atlas of Living Australia and CSIRO.

Visit the iNaturalist website for more information or download the app on your android or Apple device.


A free app designed to help anyone create a native garden bursting with life. From balcony to backyard, or from acreage to restoration area, the app provides a purposeful and easy way to make your property look great using native plants.

Designed for South East Queensland by Natura Pacific, Griffith University and the Queensland Government.

Download the app on your android or Apple device.