Visit a Koala Sanctuary
near the Gold Coast
When you visit the cleverly designed koala sanctuary at Daisy Hill, there is much to see and do to learn about these fascinating and cuddly creatures.
Your experience will start with the unique scent and soothing sounds of a eucalyptus rainforest.
From there, you will be captivated by the colourful, floor-to-ceiling mural which depicts the koala’s 15 million-year history; and be intrigued by the haunting music and sounds of an Aboriginal corroboree.
Your passage through the foyer sets the scene for a board walk through the koala information centre where you’ll experience several interactive displays.
These displays are interactive and actually very entertaining – kids in particular will enjoy them.
You'll hear the very unique call of a koala at the sanctuary, and learn many other interesting facts.
And you can climb the observation tower to look for koalas in the surrounding treetop canopy.
It is important to note that you cannot cuddle or even touch the koalas that are in this sanctuary at Daisy Hill. Although you are allowed to photograph them.
The koalas on display here are wild animals, and may only live here temporarily, for example, if they’re sick or injured or orphaned.
The aim is to release these koalas back into the wild – so taming them to accept human touch is not in their best interests.
However, there are other koala colonies on the Gold Coast, and also a large koala sanctuary in Brisbane, which do have tame koalas which visitors may touch and cuddle, and have their photograph taken with. (Refer to the sidebar.)
The koala sanctuary at Daisy Hill is located just inside the Daisy Hill State Forest, and is managed by the Queensland Parks & Wildlife Service.
Koala numbers in the wild are declining, although they are not yet officially regarded as an endangered species. So one of the centre’s aims is to encourage the community to assist in koala conservation programs.
You’ll find rangers and volunteers will happily answer any of your questions and will also provide maps of the Daisy Hill State Forest and its walking tracks.
Other Koala Colonies
A large colony of koalas may be seen at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane, Queensland (refer sidebar information).
You can also catch sight of koala bears at the following places on the Gold Coast:
- Currumbin Sanctuary
- Fleays Wildlife Park
- Dreamworld theme park
Or you may print the attached pdf map of the area here, provided by the Queensland Parks & Wildlife Service.
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|The Daisy Hill Koala Sanctuary is free for all visitors.|
|Toilets, wood-fueled BBQ, picnic tables.|
|The Koala Centre is indoors. However, wet weather may limit your opportunity to explore the surrounding state forest and bushlands.|
|10am to 4pm daily.|
Exceptions: closed Christmas Day, New Year’s Day & Good Friday.
|Allow at least 1 hour to go through the centre, & extra time for bushwalking.|
|- No refreshments available – you must bring everything with you.|
- BBQ is wood only (not electric). Firewood is provided; however bring newspaper & matches.
- No bookings are required, although large groups are requested to provide advance notice of their visit.
- if you plan to check out the forest walking tracks, ensure you take a hat, sunscreen, drinking water, and closed-in shoes.
- accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
|How To Get There|
|The koala sanctuary is in the Daisy Hill Forest Reserve, Daisy Hill Rd, Daisy Hill.|
The driving time from Surfers Paradise is ~ 40 minutes.
- If traveling north on the south-east freeway from the Gold Coast, take the Daisy Hill/Loganlea exit, turn right onto the overpass, turn right again into Winnetts Road, and then turn left onto Daisy Hill Road.
- If traveling south on the south-east freeway from Brisbane, take the Shailer Park exit & turn left onto Shailer Road, and then turn right into Daisy Hill Road.
|Tel: 07-3299 1032|
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane is home to more than 100 koalas, as well as other native Australian animals.
Opening hours are from 8.30am - 5pm daily (reduced hours on Christmas Day & Anzac Day).
Entry costs are: Family (2 adults/3 kids) $65, Adults $28, Concession $21, Kids 3-13 years $19.
The location is 708 Jesmond Road, Fig Tree Pocket, in Brisbane - driving time from Surfers Paradise is ~ 1 hour.
Contact 07-3378 1366 for further details.