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by Amanda I (subscribe)
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Published July 12th 2016
Get ready to rock and roll

"Lean forward and go, go go". I kept repeating this mantra as I rolled up a steep hill at Currumbin. Still unsteady and wobbling like a possum on an electrical wire, the incline loomed ahead like Mount Everest.

Ever since I watched Niles cruising around on a Segway during an episode of Frasier in 2002, I have wanted to give this fun-looking invention a try. My dream was realised at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.


Created by Dean Kamen, the Segway is designed to be an electronic self-balancing personal transportation device. Pressure points under the feet propel the machine forwards and backwards, while remaining stationary requires an equal amount of weight spread across the feet.

Luckily, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary's Segway Safari includes a training session. For 10 minutes we practiced the basics such as moving forwards, backwards, parking and maneuvering around traffic cones.

Our 40-minute guided tour began with a little off-roading to hone our newfound skills and as I was the most un-coordinated person in the group, I took pole position behind the Wildlife Officer. This also meant that I controlled the speed of the group!

One by one, we crawled along at a snail's pace, with my guide encouraging me to pick up speed. We visited numerous habitats including the Tasmanian Devils, Tamar Wallabies, Tree Kangaroos, Quokkas and crocodiles with our guide providing us with fascinating information.

Tree Kangaroo
Tree Kangaroo

Towards the end of the tour I was zipping along like a professional. The Segway Safari is a fun tour (even for the un-coordinated!) and a great way to explore Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary's 27 hectares of coastal rainforest - I also later discovered that it had the added benefit of being a great core workout.

The Segway Safari tours depart five times daily. As participation is limited to four guests per tour, bookings are recommended. The tour costs $45, or it can be purchased in addition to park entry for $69.50.

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is a great sanctuary to explore. Established in 1942 by Alex Griffiths, a beekeeper and flower grower who fed the Rainbow Lorikeets to protect his prized flowers; the sanctuary has grown to include koalas, kangaroos, dingoes, emus and crocodiles.

The Sanctuary's iconic lorikeet feedings occur twice a day. In addition, guests can view the koala, cassowary, wombat and Tasmanian Devil feedings. There are also plenty of shows including sheep shearing, free flight birds, crocodile behaviours and for the children, the Blinky Bill show.

Rainbow Lorikeet Feeding
Rainbow Lorikeet Feeding

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Why? A unique and fun tour of Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Phone: (07) 5534 1266
Where: 28 Tomewin Street, Currumbin, Queensland 4223
Cost: $45
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