Coorparoo is based around several creeks, including Coorparoo and Bridgewater creeks, and Norman Creek, which forms its northern border. Lush vegetation once surrounded the creeks, which provided fish and lobbies. Near the creeks there is a large flood plain, which often floods, and near Stones Corner was known as Burnetts Swamp. To the south several hills provide breezes and views. Warner's tracing of Norman Creek in 1839 shows this area as 'open forest' with 'extensive swamp' in the south.
According to the Brisbane Wildlife Survey, there were sixty-seven species of birds, four of mammals, and four of reptiles surveyed in 1981-82. These included bearded dragons, green tree snakes, blue-tongued skinks, various wading birds, and several birds of prey, pigeons, galahs and rosellas, kingfishers, boobook owl, and tawny frogmouths, kookaburras and magpies, as well as ring and brush tailed possums, koalas, and flying foxes. There is a large colony of flying foxes in the mangroves that adjoin Norman creek near Coorparoo State High School and possums are still seen frequently.