Encounter Native Animals
at Fleays Wildlife Park on the Gold Coast
You’ll have some wonderful wildlife experiences in Fleays Wildlife conservation park, which is the only place on the Gold Coast where you’ll see the unique Australian platypus, watch a crocodile feeding session, and stroke some snakes and lizards!
You’ll get to experience some distinctly different environments – rainforest, eucalypt, and wetlands (including a mangrove forest!) – which replicate natural habitats of the native animals.
One unique feature of the Fleays Wildlife park is the raised boardwalk that stretches for around 2km, linking various zones and making easy access for prams, strollers and wheelchairs.
The boardwalk will take you past a wide range of unique native Australian animals, including the rare and endangered Lumholtz’s tree kangaroo, and the majestic but fearsome cassowary.
You may also have the opportunity to touch a koala, and have your photograph taken, in the Koala Contact Zone at 11.30am. There is an additional cost - $9 per person or $12 for families. Numbers are limited to only 8 people per day, to avoid stress for the koalas, so arrive early!
Other well-known Australian animals include kangaroos and emus, cassowary, jabiru, brolga and a variety of waterbirds - and the playful and unique Australian platypus!
So unique are the features of the platypus, when the first specimen was sent to England in 1798 (after Australia was colonised by the British) it was thought to be a hoax, given the unusual combination of features - a bill like a duck, a tail like a beaver, feet like an otter, and the fact that it was a warm-blooded animal that laid eggs!
Fleays Wildlife Park was established by acclaimed Australian zoologist, David Fleay, more than 50 years ago, and his vision continues today by the Queensland Parks & Wildlife Service. The park is aimed at a wide audience, and this is reflected in the low entry prices - especially for families!
The park is renowned for its research and conservation of native Australian animals, and for its breeding centres and leading work in the area of preservation of rare and endangered species.
Education is also important, and the rangers at Fleays Wildlife Park provide a series of informative talks and shows at various times throughout the day, however most are held only once and work to fixed timetables – so it’s best for visitors to arrive early.
The first of these shows starts at 9.30am and programs are provided on entry at the front gate. Or you may view the attached pdf of daily activities, as provided by the Queensland Parks & Wildlife Service.
‘Creature Feature’ sessions also allow visitors the opportunity to pat and stroke snakes, lizards and koalas, and learn a little about their lifestyle and habitats.
You’ll also be intrigued to learn about some local Aboriginal legends, culture and tradition from members of the Gold Coast Kombumerri and Bundjalung people.
And finally, you’ll be fascinated by the huge array of rainforest parrots in the walk-through aviary – and be sure to catch the amazing saltwater and freshwater crocodile feeding sessions during summer!
All in all, a visit to Fleays Wildlife park is a leisurely, interesting and highly enjoyable way to spend a few hours of your Gold Coast holiday.
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Kids (4-17yrs): $8
Family (2 adults/4 kids): $44
|Toilets, picnic areas (no BBQ facilities), refreshments & light meals.|
Free stroller & wheelchair hire (bookings advisable).
|Limited undercover shelter; suitable in light rain.|
|9am to 5pm every day. Except closed on Christmas Day, and closed until 1pm on Anzac Day (April 25).|
|Allow 3-4 hours to adequately see everything.|
|- The Wildlife Park offers a Rainy Day policy where, if your visit is shortened due to rain, they’ll provide a free pass to return another day.|
- Free parking available near West Burleigh Road entrance. Disabled entrance via Kabool Road (exit carpark, turn right, then first right). This is also a setdown area for prams/strollers.
- Refer attached schedule for times of wildlife presentations & shows, to structure your day.
|How To Get There|
|West Burleigh Road, Burleigh Heads. Refer map reference below.|
|Tel: 07-5576 2411|