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David Fleay Wildlife Park

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by Cheryl Goodenough (subscribe)
A journalist by profession, my work includes writing and editing for newspapers, not for profit organisations and businesses.
Published July 27th 2011
Looking to experience Australia's wildlife in a natural environment?
By Cheryl Goodenough

At David Fleay Wildlife Park on the Gold Coast you can stroll along the boardwalk among enclosures which enable you to view a wide range of native animals.
By Cheryl Goodenough

As you walk through the rainforest, gaze into the wetlands and wander through the eucalypt forest, you can see wildlife - including freshwater and estuarine or saltwater crocodiles, cassowaries, emus, kangaroos, wallabies, a dingo and a koala.
By Cheryl Goodenough

Managed by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, David Fleay is located in Burleigh Heads, just two minutes off the Pacific Highway.

A highlight of any visit is a walk through the noctural house, which houses a number of native nocturnal animals. You can watch the platypus play in the water, and see yellow-bellied and greater gliders and the greater bilby.

David Fleay is also the only facility in the world to display the endangered Julia Creek dunnart, which is a small carnivorous marsupial.

Research and breeding programs are a strong focus of the work at David Fleay Wildlife Park. The Australian naturalist after whom the park was named achieved worldwide recognition for his breeding and conservation programs. He was the first person to breed the platypus in captivity.

In the nocturnal house there is a mohagany glider, a breed which was presumed extinct until it was rediscovered in 1989.
Bridled nailtail wallabies are also an attraction at the park.

These wallabies were believed for be extinct for over 30 years until they were re-discovered in 1973.
By Cheryl Goodenough

Other interesting finds at David Fleay Wildlife Park are the near threatened Lumholtz's tree-kangaroo and the huge wedge-tailed eagle.

While you get to see the animals up close, there are no opportunities to cuddle and feed them. That's in line with the
emphasis on protecting and appreciating wildlife, and at the same time not interfering with their natural behaviour.
In addition to going on a guided tour of the park, visitors can attend presentations that feature typical backyard wildlife, crocodiles and tree-kangaroos, as well as watching platypus feeding.

The Park offers environmental education and cultural awareness programs designed for school groups. These can focus on threatened species, habitats and animal adaptation, life cycles and food webs.

In addition, children can participate in school holiday activities, including 'Ranger for a Day' workshops for those from six to 12 years, and 'Nature by Night' spotlighting tours.
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Why? To see native animals in their natural habitat
When: 9am to 5pm every day except Christmas Day and ANZAC morning. The noctural house is open from 11am until 5pm
Where: Cnr Loman Lane and West Burleigh Rd, West Burleigh Queensland
Cost: Adults $17.60; Pensioners/Concession card holders $11.70; Children (4 -17 years inclusive) $8.15; Children under 4 free; Family pass (2 adults and up to 4 children) $44.75; Tertiary students (with ID card) $11.70
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