Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is arguably the best petting zoo in Australia. It hosts some of the country’s iconic wild life such as koalas, emus, dingos, echidnas, wombats, Tassie devils, crocodiles and much more. Currumbin is a thirty-five-minute drive from the Gold Coast and is located just south of Burleigh Heads.
The sanctuary is great for families, it is such a fun place to explore and visitors will come to know lots of wonderful creatures. No doubt you will be taking so many lovely pictures with your favourite Australian animals. The park is open daily from 8am-5pm except on Christmas day and ANZAC day.
Probably the most attractive experience in the Sanctuary for both domestic and international visitors is getting up close and personal with the koalas. It’s Australia’s most well renowned icon after all. Care takers will teach you all about these creatures including their, habitat, reproduction process and their diet. After learning about, touching and patting the koalas, you will get a free professional photo taken with one to remember your koala experience.
Visitors will also be able to meet a pure white alpine dingo. There is an invitation for you to go inside his enclosure, give him lunch and pat his fury white coat. Afterwards, if you like you can take one of the alpine dingoes for their daily wild walk around the twenty-seven-hectare sanctuary. Additionally, visitors will have the opportunity to get close and personal with echidnas and wombats. The care takers will spill some interesting facts the animals and you also won’t leave without giving them afternoon tea.
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There are so many more animals to see in the sanctuary and to do this you can hop on a Segway and explore the whole grounds. Care takers will also tell awesome facts about the Tassie devil and all the other animals in the sanctuary.
There are also many shows happening throughout the day in the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Here is three of them.
At the bird feeding show you'll get to see some beautiful parrots such as the Lorikeet species. These take place at 8:00am and 4:00pm. The park asks that you donate a gold coin to help support them.
You will be able to witness the biggest salt water crocodile in Currumbin. He is known as the “boss hog". Visitors will get to see him live in action with his girlfriend Lily and all his other smaller mates. He won’t be asleep when you arrive at his front doorstep. After witnessing the “boss hog,” there will be a chance to get your photo taken with a baby croc.
There is live sheep shearing on every day at the sanctuary. You will get a sense of what farmers do as they work in the Australian outback. Currumbin’s “Gun Shearer” will share his experiences and interesting facts about working in the outback, wool and the sheep. After the show you can also ask questions and meet the shearer and his sheep.
28 Tomewin St, Currumbin, Gold Coast, Queensland 4223
(prices updated on June 2018)