If you want a fun-filled day away from the noise and bustle of the big theme parks, the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary may be just what you’re looking for. Eco-Tourism at it’s finest, the picturesque park grounds cover more than 25 hectares, and are home to an array of wildlife including koalas, kangaroos, Tasmanian devils, reptiles, birds and more.
There are shows and wildlife presentations throughout the day, and attractions include the recently opened Adventure Parc Green Challenge, the Wildlife Hospital, Wild Island play area and the Segway Safari. Or maybe you want to simply wander the sanctuary to see the animals and enjoy the surroundings – whatever you feel like, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary makes for a great day out.
The sanctuary is owned by the not-for-profit National Trust of Queensland, so proceeds from your visit go back into caring for the animals and looking after the park itself. Animals that can be seen include the Dingo, Goodfellows Tree Kangaroo, Greater Bilby, Northern Brown Bandicoot, Short-beaked Echidna, Swamp Wallaby and the Yellow-bellied Glider.
Reptiles include Adders, Bearded Dragons, Blue-tongue Lizards, Boa Constrictors, Crocodiles, Frogs, Geckos, Pythons and Tortoises.
Birds you may see include Budgerigars, Eagles, Falcons, Kingfishers, Owls, Parrots, Pelicans and of course the wild Lorikeets that flock to the sanctuary to feed – try not to miss one of the daily Lorikeet Feeding Shows!
The Green Challenge Adventure Parc
The Green Challenge is an adventure experience spread over four courses and consisting of 65 challenges that involve climbing and swinging through the trees. Two of the courses are designed for beginners, one is at an intermediate level and the Extreme Green Challenge is only for the brave.
All the equipment you need is provided, and you will be given a safety briefing before you start. You will need to purchase a More Fun 4 in 1 Pass or an Experience Pass to take part in the Green Challenge, it’s not included in General Admission.
The Segway Safari
With the Segway Safari, you will explore the Forest Walk on your very own Segway: after a demonstration on how to use the device – and a little practice – you will be taken on a guided tour with up to three others.
The minimum age for the Segway Safari is 10. The 10 minutes of training and 40 minute tour can be booked at the Visitor Services desk for $10 per person – it’s great fun and well worth it.
There are shows throughout the day – some of the most popular are:
Lorikeet Feeding and Photo Opportunity: 8am & 4pm at the Lorikeet arena
Simply Magic (great for younger children) at 10.20am
Free Flight Bird Show: 11am & 2pm
Crocodile Behaviours Show at 12.30pm
Aboriginal Dance Show: 3.30pm at the Aboriginal Dance Arena
Note that shows are subject to change: please confirm show times and availability directly with the sanctuary to avoid disappointment.
General Admission: adults $49, children 4-14 $33 and concession $40. Family tickets start at $131 for two adults and two children.
Experience Pass: this includes general admission to the sanctuary plus the Green Challenge Adventure Parc – adults $54, children $38 and concession $45. Family tickets start at $146.
More Fun 4 in 1 Pass: this includes general admission to the sanctuary as well as the Green Challenge, Honey World & Surf World – adults $59, children $43 and concession $50. Family tickets start at $161.
All prices are subject to change: please confirm charges with the sanctuary prior to your trip.
How to Get to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
By Car: from Surfers Paradise it is about a 30 minute drive – head south on the Gold Coast Highway.
By Bus: Surfside Buslines operate frequent services to and from a stop close to the sanctuary entrance – more information here.
The Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is located at 28 Tomewin Street in Currumbin. Telephone 1300 886 511.