Visit the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
on the Gold Coast
A visit to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary will provide a fascinating glimpse into Australian culture and wildlife... and also some plain good fun!
The park was formerly known as the Currumbin Bird Sanctuary, with its signature event being the famous feeding sessions for the wild Rainbow Lorikeets.
Today the park holds more than 1,400 mammals, birds and reptiles (hence its name change to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary).
And the ever-popular Lorikeet feeding sessions continue twice daily. You can hand-feed these beautiful birds... and their brilliant colours and noisy cries will create an amazing spectacle that you'll find hard to forget!
The Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary has a fixed timetable for its presentations, with most of the shows being held only once during the day.
For this reason, it's a good idea to check their daily activity timetable in advance in order to plan the timing of your visit - particularly if you are unable to spend a full day there.
And you'll enjoy the unique way of getting around the park... with a miniature train that follows the 2.5km circuit around the park. Trains leave every 20 minutes and run all day.
One of the wonderful experiences provided by the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is the opportunity for a close encounter with several native Australian animals.
You'll be allowed to touch some of the animals at the end of the various shows held through the day, including some scaly, slithery reptiles!
And the kangaroo feeding sessions should not to be missed. These animals are incredibly tame and allow visitors to gently stroke or pat them as they're being fed - or you could have your photo taken while cuddling a koala!
You'll be fascinated with the spacious tropical rainforest aviary, which houses more than 25 bird species. Complete with waterfall and towering palms, the aviary also has an attractive boarded walkway so you may enjoy the cool, calm and restful rainforest environment.
And for a truly unique Australian cultural experience, you'll thoroughly enjoy the Nunukul Kunjeil Aboriginal Dancers.
The traditional tribal songs and dances they perform depict ancient Aboriginal Dreamtime stories that have been passed from generation to generation.
You'll also hear the didgeridoo, see the ancient art of firemaking, and be invited to have photos taken with the dancers if you wish.
If you're especially interested in animals, or would like an exclusive glimpse into areas of the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary that are not open to the general public, you may wish to join a Behind the Scenes Tour.
This 90 minute tour will take you into fascinating areas including the wildlife hospital, the echidna research area and more. Tour numbers are limited, and there is an additional cost of $59 per person.
Or, if your family is visiting the Gold Coast during the school holidays, the kids may enjoy taking part in the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary's holiday program.
Kids aged 6+ years can enjoy a fully supervised day of education involving animal care (and mums and dads can enjoy a few hours to themselves!). Programs vary, and prices start from $49 per child.
And finally, if you'd like to see the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary in a different light, join a guided tour in the evening, which focuses on creatures of the night. Nocturnal tours run every evening, although numbers are limited (hence bookings required).
Buying Tickets: All tickets purchased online receive a 10% discount. Daytime entry tickets are valid for 12 months, and may be used on any day. For evening entry, tour numbers are limited, so you must nominate a date to attend, and your ticket is valid at this time only.
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