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Fluffy, Scaly, Creepy and Crawly
If you and your family love animals and especially pets, then this is the perfect free event to visit as it has loads of animals on display from the cute and cuddly, to the scaly and snappy. It is on for two fun-filled days in Varsity Lakes, on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th September from 9am to 3pm.
Couldn't Resist A Donkey Selfie Last Year
Located on the Central Park Oval and in Varsity Lakes Sports and Arts Centre, it's a huge event which showcases loads of animals and pets including demonstrations, talks, celebrity pet appearances, shows, games and lots of interactive activities for the whole family.
It is just next to Bond University and about 10 minutes drive from Robina and Broadbeach.
The whole oval is taken over by outdoor shows, competitions and rides and the sports and arts centre is packed full of smaller creatures and stalls - selling things such as games, treats, food and toys for your animal friend.
I have been to this event last two years and it gets better and better with more variety and things to do. There is limited shade however in the oval, so if very sunny it can get hot so I would recommend bringing shade and hats.
Some of the favourites in previous years are the dog swimming challenge, the pony rides and the chance to see and hold some scaly pets such as lizards, snakes and crocodiles. I'm looking forward to seeing what's new for this year.
As it's a pet friendly event, one of the things I love the most is seeing everyone bring their own pets along - mostly dogs - all dressed up and in costume, often matching their owner. Some of them are amazing and the dogs are so cute - my daughters love dogs so this is one of their favourite aspects of the expo too.
This year there are a number of free demonstrations including Young Guns Fishing Display - where you can learn how to cast and catch a fish, watch sheep sheering and a dog agility and obstacle course training - watch big and small dogs show off their tricks and skills.
My Stepdaughter Enjoying Pony Ride Last Year
The special displays this year include a farmyard, with loads of adorable baby animals and their mothers. Also not for anyone easily scared, a curious critters display including rodents, birds, fish, reptiles and insects. Plus a wild animals display including frogs, turtles, lizards, snakes, birds and mammals. You can get up close and personal with most of these animals and there are photo opportunities too.
For more information about the demonstrations and displays click here.
Admission is free and all the shows and talks are free, however for things such as pony rides and photo opportunities you do need to pay, around $5 a pony ride I think it was last year. There are food, drink and ice-cream vans too and plenty of green space and tables and chairs to sit down.
There is something for all animal lovers - it really is one of the best free events on the Gold Coast. It's perfect for families and kids of all ages - it is also a great opportunity for kids to learn about how to really look after a pet.