Caring for beaches

The City’s coastline is a popular destination for the local community, visitors and tourists. Actions you take when visiting the beach or within your own home and garden can impact on the health of your local beach. Ways you can help care for the beach:

When visiting the beach

  • Report any sick or injured marine animals or other wildlife to the Wildcare Helpline on 9474 9055
  • Do not clear any vegetation and/or remove individual plants such as orchids from coastal areas
  • Abide by the City’s designated dog exercise areas. Hillarys Dog Beach is the only beach where dogs can be exercised off lead. Dogs are permitted on lead along the coastal dual use path from Burns Beach to Marmion Beach. For more information visit places to exercise your dog
  • Stay on pathways and ensure you have clean footwear with no soil or other material when visiting the City’s coastal parklands and reserves to help reduce the risk of spreading plant diseases
  • Remove any litter you find. You could organise or participate in a Clean Up Australia Day event for your local beach
  • Do not drive off-road vehicles along beaches or in the dunes
  • Report suspicious behaviour to the Police on 131 444 or if you see a fire phone 000.

In your home and garden

  • Plant a local native garden. Your garden can act as a stepping stone for important flora and wildlife
  • Be weed wise in your garden – prevent environmental weeds and garden escapees
  • Community groups or schools can apply for funding through the City’s Environmental Development Community Funding to undertake a project, event or activity that helps to protect the City’s beaches
  • Keep domestic cats confined to your property
  • Do not release helium balloons as balloon fragments can be ingested by animals
  • Dispose of waste responsibly – litter can be blown onto beaches and into the sea, causing significant harm and in some cases can be fatal to animals.


Learning about beaches

The City is home to an amazing coastline stretching for 17kms between Marmion and Burns Beach including sandy beaches, rocky cliffs, coastal vegetation and the marine environment.

A diversity of marine animals including migratory birds, whales and sea lions live in the waters of the Indian Ocean. Other wildlife like the Echidna, Quenda and many reptile species also occur in the nearby land environment adjacent to the shore. The dune environment within the City includes important vegetation ranging from Spinifex grasslands, to coastal shrublands and upper storey trees such as eucalypts.

To learn more about the City’s coast:

Adopt a bushland teaching resources

The Adopt a Bushland program is for students in years 4 to 7 to raise awareness of the ecological values of local bushland and learn bushland management skills such as weeding and litter collection. The program includes the following 2013 Australian curriculum aligned teaching resources.

Key Learning Area Teacher’s Guides Student Worksheets
The Importance of Bushland What is a Global Citizen? Years 4-7 Uses for Bushland and Human Impacts Years 4-7
Indigenous Heritage Values Welcome to Nyungar Country Years 4-7

The Nyungar Six Seasons Years 4-7

Welcome to Nyungar Country Years 4-7

The Nyungar Six Seasons Years 4-7

Weed Control Bushland Weeds Years 4-7 Bushland Weeds Years 4-5

Bushland Weeds Years 6-7

Bushland Weeds Vocabulary

Bushland Weeds

Litter Collection Litter Years 4-7 Litter Background Years 4-5

Litter Background Years 6-7

Litter Years 4-5

Litter Years 6-7

Litter Persuasive Writing Table

Biodiversity Who lives here? What do I eat? What are my feet used for? Years 4-5

Bushland Activities Years 4-7

Adaptations Years 4-6

Adaptations Teacher Information Years 4-6

Who lives here? Years 4-5

What do I eat? What are my feet used for? Years 4-5

So you want to be a twitcher? Years 4-7

Exploring Leaf Litter Years 4-7

Bushland Flora and Fauna Adaptations Years 4-6

Adopt a coastline teaching resources

The Adopt a Coastline Program is for students in years 4 to 7 to raise awareness of the ecological values of the local coastline and learn about rehabilitation and protection activities along the coast. The program includes the following 2013 Australian curriculum aligned teaching resources.

Key learning area Teacher’s guides Student worksheets
The Importance of the Coast The Ocean is not a rubbish bin

Coastline Historical Timeline

Recollections of the Past / Uses and Impacts on our Coastline

The Ocean is not a rubbish bin

The Ocean is not a rubbish bin – simple version

The Ocean is not a rubbish bin – language sheet

Coastline Historical Timeline

Uses and Impacts on Our Coastline

Recollections of the Past

Indigenous Heritage Values  

A Day at the Beach for Traditional Noongar People


A Day at the Beach for Traditional Noongar People

Biodiversity Living on the Coast – Plant Adaptations, Life in the Extremes and Marine Molluscs

How waves erode a beach / How do plants stop erosion

Living on the Coast- Plant Adaptations

Life in the Extremes

Marine Molluscs

Year 4/5 How do waves erode a beach? / How do plants help stop erosion?

Year 6/7 How do waves erode a beach? / How do plants help stop erosion?

Beach Activities Beach Activities

What is a Global Citizen

Learning about wetlands

The Yellagonga Regional Park wetlands include rich and dynamic ecosystems ranging from upland forest, fringing wetland and aquatic vegetation to open water bodies. These ecosystems provide important habitat for many flora and fauna species, reduce flooding risks, filter and recharge water and prevent soil erosion.

Fauna found in the Yellagonga Regional Park includes the Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo, Western Grey Kangaroo, Quenda (native marsupial), Brushtail Possum, Echidna, Oblong turtle, Rakali or Water Rat and the Tiger snake as well as six different frog species. The park is also important as a summer refuge and breeding habitat for many bird species, with over 120 bird species having been recorded in the park.

To learn more about your local wetland areas:

  • Visit Neil Hawkins Park and read the Noongar cultural heritage interpretive signage explaining traditional Noongar use of the Yellagonga Wetlands
  • Subscribe to the City’s Environmental News and Events e-newsletter to learn about the City’s latest environmental events including flora and fauna tours, nightstalks, bushtucker tours and sustainable gardening seminars
  • Read the Birds of the City of Joondalup brochure to learn about local bird species
  • Read the Plants and People in Mooro Country book to discover more about local flora species used by the Noongar people. The book also details the Yellagonga Regional Park’s changing landscape from Aboriginal Settlement to today
  • Find out more about Yellagonga Regional Park in the Yellagonga School Activity Sheets, targeted at school age students from pre-primary to Year 7.

Learning about bushland

There are a number of significant flora species and vegetation communities that exist within the City’s remnant bushland areas including the Banksia Woodlands threatened ecological community, mature Eucalyptus trees and a variety of shrub-lands and herbaceous species that provide habitat for nectar feeding birds and important invertebrates like the Graceful Sun Moth.

A range of other important native wildlife like the Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo and Quenda (native marsupial) use these bushland areas for habitat purposes, such as foraging on local plants and sheltering from potential predators.

To learn more about your local bushland areas:

Littering and dumping of illegal waste

Littering is the dumping of any household rubbish including furniture items, garden refuse, building or fencing materials.

Illegal dumping relates to the disposal of items likely to be toxic or dangerous to the environment or persons such as chemical waste, batteries, dumping of oil or paint products.

City Officers investigate all offences relating to littering and the dumping of illegal waste and will prosecute offenders who fail to dispose of their rubbish in a responsible manner.

Prescribed offences and penalties for littering and dumping  is a minimum of:

  • $200.00 for an individual
  • $500.00 for a Body Corporate.

Fines of $500.00 apply to the dumping of litter that creates a public risk such as drugs/chemicals, broken glass, tyres, batteries and needles.

If you witness an incident of littering or illegal dumping, try to note down:

  • Vehicle description including registration details
  • Description of person or persons involved
  • Location of the incident
  • Date/time incident witnessed
  • What type of litter has been dumped
  • A contact number in case City Rangers require further information
  • Take a photograph if safe to do so.

Report littering or dumping 

Adopt a coastline or bushland

The Adopt a Coastline or Bushland Program gives students the opportunity to take part in a free environmental program involving education, rehabilitation and protection activities along the coastline and in bushland areas.

Student outcomes

As well as covering the curriculum areas of geography and science, this program also allows students to demonstrate active citizenship through their work on this valuable community project. The program will allow students to:

  • Work with Natural Areas Officers planting local provenance species
  • Learn about the biodiversity of the coastal and bush environment
  • Contribute to their community and environmental responsibility through active citizenship
  • Understand the relationship between people and the environment with two class room presentations from environmental experts and Indigenous educators
  • Have the opportunity to display their classroom work relating to the program within the Joondalup Library.

Teaching resources

An extensive range of curriculum linked teaching resources for the coastal and bushland programs has also been developed.

These educational resources have been produced by the City of Joondalup with the expertise of a teacher and all due care has been taken to ensure accurate information has been provided and the work is Australian Curriculum aligned at the time of production.

Two excellent publications, Perth Plants and Coastal Plants are available through City of Joondalup Libraries to aid teachers in identifying species and their adaptations.

Keep up to date on what the City has available for schools and subscribe to the School Connections eNewsletter.

Yellagonga wetlands school activity

Yellagonga Wetland activity sheets are available online for primary school teachers and students from pre-primary to year seven to assist in meeting geography, science and sustainability outcomes.

Activity sheets

These Australian curriculum aligned science, humanities and social sciences activity sheets are produced by the City with the expertise of a science teacher and consist of:

  • Teaching guides
  • Excursion plans
  • Activity sheets in Biological Sciences and Human Endeavour

Student outcomes

Students will learn about the important wetland ecosystem of Yellagonga Regional Park. Information is provided to encourage users to undertake activities on site in Yellagonga Regional Park. Neil Hawkins Park in Joondalup is an ideal setting with good facilities for excursions.

Keep up to date on what the City has available for schools and subscribe to the School Connections eNewsletter.