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Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

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Published July 13th 2017
Voted one of Gold Coast's most popular tourist attraction
Nestled within twenty-seven hectares of natural beauty of lush eucalyptus and rainforest, open animal enclosures and being a heritage-listed zoological garden; Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is Gold Coast's iconic attraction, making it a place of interest to certainly visit!



Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary was built in 1947 and was added to the Queensland Heritage Register in 2009. It was opened by Alex Griffiths as a scheme to stop the local lorikeet population destroying his flower plantations. Today these wild and colourful mischievous birds still flock to the Sanctuary twice daily to be fed by visitors, making the Sanctuary world-renowned for its feeding of huge flocks of free-flying wild rainbow lorikeets.



There are a multitude of things to see and do including events, shows, spectacular exhibits, attractions, wildlife encounters and behind the scenes state-of-the-art veterinary and rehabilitation hospital.



The sanctuary is home to the largest collection of Australian native species in the world. It is also home to a miniature railway that has been operating since 1964 and in 2009 an adventure park course park.

The very adorable and cuddly koalas...


Enjoying the Free Flight Bird Show...


Some of the Exhibits at the Sanctuary include Tasmanian Devils, Reptile House, Dingo Exhibit, Crocodile Exhibit, Hairy-nosed Wombat Exhibit, and the largest walk-through Aviary in the Southern Hemisphere!

Enjoying the tranquil surroundings at the Sanctuary...


Trying to spot out turtles & frogs at the ponds...


The Sanctuary is dedicated to conserving our nation's Indigenous, nature and historic heritage and culture and this can be experienced with Aboriginal performances.

Be sure to pet & feed the cute kangaroos...


There are multiple daily shows, interactive displays, presentations, dining experiences, animal encounters including cuddling a koala, feeding kangaroos, holding a snake and getting up close to a crocodile and holding a baby saltwater crocodile. The lorikeet-feeding arena forms part of a larger internal open space that constitutes the visitor's first experience of the sanctuary.

There are many different pathways across the Sanctuary to enjoy from paved walkways, boardwalks to bush tracks...


Feeding frenzy! Be sure to check out the pelican feeding show...


The eel feeding show is a must see!


Other activities and experiences that can be enjoyed at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is the free-flight bird show, Aboriginal performances, outdoor themed playgrounds such as Wild Island, Australian sheep shearing show, dr-doo-dots and creative teacher educational show, and sanctuary markets- food and live music every Friday night.

The Sheep Shearing Show allows you to experience the Australian Outback with the "Gun Shearer" who shares a yarn and a few laughs while shearing a Merino woolly sheep. After the show, you will have an opportunity to meet the Gun Shearer and his working dog.

Resting with the curious emus...

For some adventure the Segway Safari is one way to explore the 27 hectare coastal rainforest Sanctuary, as you wonder through and soak up the surroundings on Segway.

The Tree Top Challenge will certainly get your adrenaline pumping with 80 huge Tree Top Challenges including eleven insane Ziplines!

Keep an eye out for the wondering lizards...


There are plenty of informative plaques, shelters and scenic views to admire across the Sanctuary...


With so many things to see, do, experience and enjoy, it is no wonder that this Wildlife Sanctuary is voted one of the Gold Coast's most popular tourist destinations. It is so easy to simply retreat and become lost in the serene park, with its spectacular natural surroundings, wildlife exhibits, heritage and conservation.

Be sure to add Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary to your bucket list or itinerary!

There are many picturesque & quiet spots to sit back and enjoy nature at the Sanctuary...


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Why? The perfect outdoor activity
When: All year round- 8am-5pm
Where: 28 Tomewin St, Currumbin
Cost: Adults: $49.95pp, Children (4-14yrs): $35.95, Family of four: $137- for all ticket pricing see website
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