As wonderful as life can be, occasionally it is nice to get away from the everyday and completely forget about that long list of jobs you have taped to the fridge. If you don't have the time or funds for an extended holiday right now, I may have found just the place for you. If you are looking for a magical day out that is suitable for the whole family, I highly recommend Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Just over an hour's drive from Brisbane, this wildlife park is worlds away from the hustle and bustle of city life. It offers a haven of fun and adventure that can be enjoyed by anyone of any age. The activities offered at Currumbin are seemingly endless. There are tons of animals to look at; ranging from the cute and cuddly variety to the noisy, scary and slimy; shows, presentations and performances; adventure activities and safaris; and dining experiences; all set in a natural wonderland.
Why not get your photo taken with a cute and cuddly koala?
On entering the park, we were welcomed by some adorable koalas which really did set the mood for the rest of the day. After an initial wander, while we gathered our bearings and made some very important decisions about what to do first, we set off to look at the animals. There are so many different species and varieties of animals; you're never sure what surprises are lurking around the next corner. We came across venomous snakes, talking cockatoos, tree kangaroos, noisy dingoes and lazy Tasmanian devils just to name a few. Every animal had something unique to offer. Thus making it a wonderful opportunity to witness these animals in their natural environments and appreciate nature in all its glory.
Feeling a little lazy… How about spending some time with the Tassie Devils?
Moreover, feeding the kangaroos was a fantastic way to get up close and personal with some unique Australian fauna. Nevertheless, we did keep a safe distance in the crocodile section. However the fun doesn't stop there. If bird watching is more your thing, you won't be disappointed either. There were so many birds of varying shapes, sizes and colours to look at - most of which I had never seen before. The opportunities to learn about our natural environment really are an integral part of the park. This is clearly evident as you also have the chance to visit the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital and observe the sick animals being looked after. This is a great way to see where all the proceeds go from donations to the park.
These crocodiles seemed to be enjoying themselves as much as we were.
Whilst the animals are definitely the stars of the show, you simply must attempt the Green Challenge. It is so much fun. This challenging ropes course is set in the treetops of Currumbin and allows you to test yourself both mentally and physically whilst enjoying the park from a height. If you feel a little apprehensive at the thought; I urge you not to think about it too much. Just give it a go. You are taken through some important safety instructions before you're allowed on the course. Armed with all the essential information you are then let loose to begin your adventure. It starts at a respectable distance from the ground, gradually increasing so that you don't really notice the change of height as you progress through the course.
From flying foxes to walking tightropes to Tarzan swings it definitely will test your limits. Nonetheless, you will be having so much fun you won't even notice until your feet are firmly back on the ground. If you do decide to try it out, but feel that it is too much for you halfway through, there are different points throughout the course where you have the choice to either continue or climb off. The Green Challenge really is a feature of Currumbin that separates it from other adventure parks. There are several sessions throughout the day, the first one commencing at 11 am and continuing hourly until 2pm from Monday to Friday and until 3 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Another adventure you might like to try, that is a little closer to the ground, is the Segway Safari.
You had better listen carefully because even the birds have something to say.
However, the sites don't finish here. There are numerous must-see shows and performances that you just can't go past. We managed to catch the Free Flight Bird Show; the Aboriginal Dance Show and the Lorikeet Feeding. The Free Flight Bird Show was a lot of fun to watch and of course was educational and informative but in a very entertaining way. The Aboriginal Dancing was a beautiful way to learn more about Aboriginal culture through music and movement. You are encouraged to join in making it another interactive experience. In contrast, the anticipation of the Lorikeet Feeding exceeded the actual event. Unfortunately, we left a little disappointed as no birds came. I have witnessed the feeding years ago and know that it is a wonderful experience when they do come. My advice is to be sure to go after a bout of rain.
The birds come in all shapes, sizes and colours at Currumbin.
There are numerous places to purchase your lunch at Currumbin from fine dining to more casual cafes. However, you also have the option of bringing your own picnic lunch. We managed to find a table near the water, and thus gave us the chance to enjoy the serenity while planning our afternoon. You can also purchase a memento or a photo of yourself with an animal of your choosing to remember your day out forever. Or at least until the next time you go. The park is generally open from 8 am until 5 pm daily and tickets vary in price depending on what kind of experience you're looking for. The cost of general admission starts at $49 for adults and $33 for children. However, prices do go up from here depending on what activities you would like to do on the day. You have the freedom to plan your own activities and do them entirely at your own pace, making this experience unique to you and your family.
Getting this close to unique Australian fauna is always a treat.
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary gives you the opportunity to truly enjoy our natural environment, plus so much more. All that is required from you is an open mind; an adventurous spirit; and a few dollars for the entry fee of course. Currumbin offers countless unique and entertaining experiences thereby assuring you have an amazing time no matter what you do. In fact, there was so much to take in that we weren't able to do everything we had originally planned. I guess the obvious solution is to visit the park again very soon.