Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

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Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
4.5
Nature & Wildlife Areas • Zoos
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Voted one of the Gold Coast's most popular tourist destinations, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is the crown jewel of the National Trust of Australia (Queensland) [NTAQ] properties. As one of Queensland's earliest nature-based tourist destinations, the Sanctuary is a physical embodiment of everything the NTAQ represents: dedication to conserving our nation's Indigenous, natural and historic heritage and culture. With Blinky Bill now present for daily shows, the amazing viewing experiences available at the Wildlife Hospital and hundreds of native Australian animals on display in natural bushland and rainforest settings, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is the ultimate holiday adventure for the entire family.
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CarlaMaxwell
Daylesford, Australia365 contributions
Feb 2022
For a special (really special) Valentine's Day celebration, my husband treated me to high tea with Koalas at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. We had such a fabulous time! General admission to the sanctuary was included in the purchase price for the special event, along with photos of us holding a koala. Wow! We were delighted! We arrived at the sanctuary in the morning and enjoyed the birds in flight show first. Then we walked around for a couple of hours admiring the gardens and watching birds and animals. We stopped to have lunch, and then we walked and watched more birds and animals until it was time for high tea at 2:30 p.m. Service was great and the high tea was beautifully done. Whilst we enjoyed the little savoury bits and the delicious petit fours and chocolate covered strawberries, koalas were brought around for us to admire, photograph, and pat. Hand sanitiser was provided, and the koala handlers were masked up the whole time. After we finished our high tea, we were photographed holding a koala. We were each given our photo to take home. It was such a lovely experience! Before we left the sanctuary, we attended the feeding session for the lorikeets. Wow! What a beautiful ending to our great day. It was amazing to see so many gorgeous lorikeets flying around and getting fed by the visitors. It was a fabulous Valentine's Day celebration for us at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary!
Written February 16, 2022
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suzie41-2007
Melbourne, Australia33 contributions
Jan 2020
We had a great family day out at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. It is easy to spend a whole day walking and catching the train around the sanctuary seeing all the Australian native animals. I highly recommend you take the time and watch the bird show, it really was fantastic with lots of big birds flying low down across the crowds of people. The kangaroo and wallaby enclosure was nice and big and you are able to get up close and personal with these friendly marsupials. The park is so large, with so much to do, you can easily go over two days (although they don't offer two day passes).
Written January 10, 2020
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J.T.
Brisbane, Australia173 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
We booked online in advance as explained on their website, with staggered entry. This worked well and their was no queue.

Several exhibits were closed but again this was clear when we booked the tickets were discounted for this very reason.

Once in the park I was blown away by the variety. It is actually a much bigger area than I expected so you'd need a couple of visits to truly take it in.

The staff were great. Very enlightening on the conservation that they carry out and how it has been affected by COVID.

We had a snack at the Burger Bar. Pricing was standard. They had a COVID safe officer making sure everything ran smoothly in an area where people gather, it was cashless, which is also good.

We'll definitely be back.
Written July 19, 2020
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Queen B
Sydney, Australia20 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
This place is one of the worst wildlife sanctuaries I’ve ever been to. First off, when you try and go to a see an animal enclosure or go to a cafe etc, there are very annoying trains and buggies riding around the place. The buggies don’t have horns or anything to beep anyone infront of them to warn them they just keep on going and they don’t even shout out something they just expect you to try and figure it out yourself. unbelievable! If you were to come here with a small child and let them just wander off a bit it is very dangerous they could possibly get badly injured if they get hit by the buggies or train. If you would like to feed a kangaroo you have to pay $4 for food and when you go and try to feed them they are just asleep and you wasted all your money and the staff in there just sit there on there phones and couldn’t care less. The crocodile show is appalling, you can’t even see anything because of the small, limited space. The food is extremely over priced ( 4 hotdogs come to over $80 dollars! ) the treetop experience is pretty good but I do have to say that it isn’t that safe. I got put in a group and the instructor went a head with 3 people from my group and when they finished I was still on the course and they just left and so did the instructor. I got left LAST on the tree tops and there was only one instructor left who was too busy looking on his phone and wasn’t looking after any of the people. I don’t think I’m going to come back here ever after what happened.
Written January 9, 2020
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Belinda M
Melbourne, Australia91 contributions
Mar 2020 • Family
This was a wonderful half-day adventure. We visited with our 1 y/o daughter, grand parents and brother’s family with 3.5 y/o nephew on a Friday in March.
We had wonderful weather, arrived at 9am and stayed till 12 noon but could’ve easily stretched it out until 3pm.
The first stop was Blinky Bill’s show which was a huge hit with the kids, followed by a train ride around the sanctuary. We stopped off at one of the stations and chose to wander on foot around the rest of the park.
Lots of animals to see, many photo ops but not any rides. There was a water playground which looked fabulous but we didn’t have time to explore.
Would definitely visit again! Worth supporting the sanctuary and it appears that it’s almost totally run by volunteers so a good place to support for sure.
Written March 13, 2020
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Suzanne2303
Labrador, Australia824 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
We have been here several times with family but this time just decided to feed the lorikeets. We rocked up at 4pm along with many other people. I got the last plate to feed the birds! There were so many people there, the birds were surrounding us in the trees but not interested in the food. Later at 4:30 as the crowds thinned the birds came- recommend that you come a bit later, not at 4 but between 4:30 and 5pm for fewer crowds and possibly more chance at feeding some birds. Of course the number of birds is related to several factors such as weather, predator birds around, availability of flowering trees in the surrounds and noise.
It only costs a gold coin and is lots of fun. The kids also held a snake and we took photos, all for $2!
Walk quickly out through the shop or the children will be sure to find something to buy😊
Written January 3, 2020
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SD2606
Christchurch, New Zealand1,670 contributions
Nov 2019
I quite liked this zoo but there were somethings that they could have done a bit better.

Over all though, if you are in the area and need a wild life fix, then this is a nice option for a day excursion for the family.

You have to pay for parking across the road from the zoo.

Entry to the zoo isn’t that cheap.

First area for improvement is their café and restaurant there upon entry.

Wanted to get coffees and cold drinks to take away with us as soon as we arrived and had to wait 30mins for them to make them. Wasn’t very impressed. The end result was terrible as well. The coffees were dreadful and had no love or talent in the making of them.

All the animals that we saw there all looked well looked after, had nice cages or living areas and looked happy and healthy.

Great play areas for children there – remember to take your little ones swimmers as there is a water play area there.

Lots of shows, encounters and experiences to enjoy with a wide range of the animals.

Has a lovely wee train that you can ride around the park.

Professional koala photos available to be taken.

Tasteful gift shops to get your nice souvenirs from.

The food available for purchase at the café was dreadful in every which way. The items on the menu were somewhat limited and all very expensive. What we chose took (again) a very long time to be delivered to us (45mins!), which was disappointing and frustrating. Hard to keep little ones entertained for that long when they are hungry at the table.

Once the food was delivered it was so unappealing to look at. Again, no love or talent had gone into the making of it. I quite inedible. I wouldn’t have thought that a grilled panini was such an item that sous chef would be required to assemble and put in a grill.

The food was so bad that we opted to leave it to the ibis to eat and to go and get the over priced and soft ice creams for sale in the gift shop.
Written January 23, 2020
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Looey72
Toowoomba, Australia15 contributions
Dec 2020 • Couples
My husband and I on holidays visited today and we thought the whole experience was fantastic. We really felt that it was also important to support the wildlife sanctuary as a fellow Queenslander. We had been many years prior with young children and even returning now didn’t disappoint. The staff were great and especially the volunteers who were super friendly. It was very shaded and lots of areas to just sit and relax.
Written December 8, 2020
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Kaye E
Hope Island, Australia12 contributions
Aug 2021
My husband and I bought the Koala breakfast experience, well let me tell you our experience started right from entry, every single staff member and volunteer we connected with were so so friendly and helpful and upbeat it was brilliant. Breakfast was lovely, I had the vege bowl which was delicious and more than I could eat, my husband had bacon and eggs with sour dough toast along with a choice of Coffee varieties, tea or juices, before breakfast was served patrons could touch a koala then a few sat up in trees with us. After breakfast we were allowed into the enclosure to walk around up close there was even a baby with mum, we got to hold feeding branches as well the koalas were able to move around without stress. We then we each had a photo holding a koala soo cool 😎 . After that we wandered around sanctuary at our leisure feeding the kangaroos, wallabies and sometimes an amorous emu 😜😂😂 the free flight bird show was awesome and the tails and scales show great the young ladies conducting these two shows were spot on! We then got to have our photo taken with our choice wedged tail eagle or carpet python we both chose the python. A wonderful day Currumbin wildlife sanctuary you should be proud of yourselves and every single staff member I had contact with that also includes food staff and souvenir staff every single one of you appeared to love your job congratulations 🥳
Written August 21, 2021
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Phillip
Dunedin, New Zealand22 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
I don’t know how to express how well done this zoo was. The entire layout was open and was large enough for a train! While we only did part of the exhibits, the entire zoo I would guess takes about 2-3 hours. It felt as if we were in the wild and a guest to the animals. With walk up exhibits for wombats and kangaroos, it really was a great time... and the koala photo wasn’t that bad either :)
Written January 29, 2020
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