The David Fleay Wildlife Park is wonderfully peaceful place to observe native wildlife in their natural habitat. Not only does it play an important part in animal conservation, it also provides a unique opportunity to witness these fascinating animals up close in some stunning, protected natural landscapes. A real treat for nature lovers and the perfect place to escape the crowds.
There are some interesting guided tours and talks presented by staff, who are very friendly and enjoy answering questions about the park and it’s inhabitants. It’s very relaxing to just walk around and just take in the beautiful scenery and the sounds of nature. It you have recently spent any time at one of the theme parks, the David Fleay Wildlife Park is the ideal place to recover!
The park consists primarily of three types of habitats: rainforest, wetland and eucalypt forest. You can wander around the paths and boardwalks at your leisure. There is also the nocturnal house, where you can see some animals that are only usually active – and seen – at night: don’t miss the bilby or the platypus!
Some of the animals you may see include koalas, kangaroos (including two Lumholtz’s tree kangaroos), crocodiles, lizards, snakes, wallabies, possums, wombats, gliders – and even a platypus. The birds are equally impressive and you may be lucky enough to see species including eagles, owls, curlews, egrets, brolgas and jabirus.
The shows do vary from season to season, but include crocodile feeding, platypus feeding, Snakes up Close, Nature by Night, Tree Kangaroo Capers and Fur, Feathers and Scales. Please check directly with the park prior to your visit to confirm what’s on.
There are picnic facilities, a small gift shop and a very reasonably priced cafe. Pram and wheelchair facilities are surprisingly good. Because of the openness of the park, it’s definitely best to visit on a dry day. You may come intending only to stay for an hour of too, only to be blown away by the beauty and tranquility of the place.
The David Fleay Wildlife Park is open from 9am until 5pm all year round, with exception of Christmas Day and Anzac Day morning.
Entry for adults is $18.80, for children from 4 to 17 years (inclusive) it’s $8.65: children under the age of can enter free of charge. Pensioners, concession card holders and tertiary students (with I.D. card) pay $12.50. There is also a family ticket that admits two adults and up to four children for only $47.95.
By Car: David Fleay Wildlife Park is located at West Burleigh Rd in West Burleigh, next to Tallebudgera Creek, just 2 minutes drive from the exit 89 Tallebudgera Creek Road turn-off on the Pacific Highway.
By public transport: although there are no direct bus services to the park, are are several bus stops nearby – please check route information with Translink here.