Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is a heritage-listed zoological garden filled with Australian native animals, including the Tasmanian Devils, a reptile house, and the largest walk-through aviary in the Southern Hemisphere.
Back to nature in the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Begin your day by feeding the Lorikeets
To follow all the activities inside, make sure that you have arrived at least at 8 AM, as it is the time to feed the lorikeets. The ranger will give you a plate filled with the mixture replicating the nectars for the colorful parrots. Don't be worry if they start to wander around your head or shoulders as they are just so comfortable being around humans. This is also your chance to get a good picture with them too. After that, head to the bank on Flat Rock Creek to feed the eels and pelicans at 9.30 AM. On your way, you will also meet the snoozing koalas, the Blinky Bill's Home that is house to the bilbies, reptiles, fish, turtles, gliders, and the infamous Tazmanian Devils, and the Forest Fringe Aviary.
Have a coffee break before you meet the kangaroos
At 10AM is the time to feed the kangaroos. While you are waiting, you might want to grab a cup of coffee or some snacks like sandwich or sausage rolls that are available at the Kangaroo Outpost. Be sure to get to the spot early because this is one of the most crowded attractions in the sanctuary. To get the roo food, you will have to pay with some coins. The good thing is that even if you join the segway tour, you will be given the chance to get down and join in the fun experience. The rangers will also help you by giving tips to make these cute animals tame.
Learn from the Big Fang Theory
After feeding the kangaroos, visit and stop by to see the Big Fang Theory, where you will meet and learn about the reptiles inside Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Some of them are the blue tongue lizards, the carpet phyton, and the venomous brown snake. You will also learn what to do if a snake bite you or if you are facing a trouble during your adventure in the wild. After the show, there is a chance for you to take a picture with the Golden Brush-tail. Once you are finished, you can take the kids to watch the Mini Monster Show at 11.45 AM or visit the Land of the Parrots. Then, head to Wild Burgers for lunch before continuing your trip in the sanctuary.
Meet the big and small creatures
At 1 PM, make sure you don't miss the chance to meet the 800 kilograms crocs that almost reach five metres in length. If you are lucky enough, you will see the big couples jump out of the water to snag a feed. Here, you will learn about them and how they were brought to the sanctuary. If you are visiting during months with cooler temperature, there is a big chance that they will sleep more during your visit. After that, time to see the way smaller creatures, the birds of Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. The free flight bird show that begins at 2.30PM will let you meet with various types of birds and feel as they are soaring just right above your head. You can also take a picture with one of these creatures after the show.
End the trip with the koalas
At 3.15 PM is the time for the exclusive koala experience. Through this activity, the experts will guide you as they take you behind the scene to meet the cute koalas in the sanctuary. Not just learning a lot about them and have your questions asked, you will be able to hold to one of the koalas and capture a moment to take home with you. Be noted that this experience needs a pre-booking before your arrival.
How to Get Tickets?
Tickets can be bought online with this apps. There are some types of tickets that can be bought. Children under the age of 4 are free. There is the general admission for a single day entry to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and Lost Valley. Then, there are memberships for individual or family that last for one year. There is also a special promotion if you book the tickets online, with terms and conditions apply.
How To Get Around?
To get around, you can explore the park by foot. Wheelchairs can be accessed inside as well. There is also the Heritage Trains, but the trains may not accommodate all passengers due to the narrow gauge track and seat width and length. Another way to explore the sanctuary is by joining the segway tours available.
What Should I Wear?
It is better to wear light clothing and comfortable shoes or sandals during your visit to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary because you will walk a lot and the weather can be hot during summer or during sunny days.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Gold Coast generally will be between April and May, where the weather is not too hot and there is a small chance of rainfall. These months are also outside of school holiday periods, which means it won't be very crowded inside. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary's schedule of exhibits also make it possible for you to enjoy every experience it has to offer in a day.
Will I Need a Guide?
You don't need a guide to explore Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Even though you can try to join the segway tour, especially if you are too tired to walk through all the areas inside this facility.
How To Get There?
From Gold Coast, you can reach Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary using bus line 700. There is also a shuttle by Coast 2 Coast Bus Service. If you want to ride your own car, you can park it on Tomewin Street car park from 7.30 AM until 5.30 PM or use the free street parking if available.