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David Fleay Wildlife Park

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by Laura Marshall (subscribe)
Brisbane, born and bred.
Published December 6th 2010
It is getting rarer and rarer to find opportunities to observe native fauna in their natural habitats. David Fleay Wildlife Park, located in the Gold Coast bushland, prides itself on displaying animals in surroundings as close to the 'wild' as possible, with four types of habitats established for the animals: wetland, rainforest, mangrove and eucalypt forest.

Get up close and personal with the cassowary, crocodiles, kangaroos, snakes, a platypus and hundreds more fascinating creatures. In the Nocturnal House you can observe pythons, bilbies and the Julia Creek dunnart.

The park runs guided walks through the displays, where you can learn everything you need to know about the animals you are seeing, or you can forge your own path through the park (on the provided boardwalks of course). There are also daily presentations that include crocodile feeding and information on why snakes do us more good than harm.

So, if you want to learn more about our native animals, but don't necessarily fancy visiting them on their own turf, Fleay's is an excellent alternative. Personally, I have no problem with the glass separating me from a python!
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Why? See dangerous animals in a safe environment
When: 9am to 5pm, seven days a week
Where: Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast
Cost: $8.15 for children and $17.60 for adults
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