Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
4.5
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.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • Simply4Lou
    Melbourne, Australia17 contributions
    Up close with the birds and animals!
    We underestimated how much we would enjoy this experience! Great layout, fabulous staff and thoroughly enjoyable visit. Thank you so much to Bella who made us so welcome. We loved meeting the stink bug the koala, the bird was terrific and were impressed by the knowledgeable volunteers with the kangaroos. We’ll be back!
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 29, 2023
  • Rach Gold
    Sydney, Australia147 contributions
    Too Twilight Tour with Jordan!
    The twilight tour was an awesome way to get a mix of local culture and see the nocturnal animals starting their day! Keeper Jordan and Volunteer Betty did an awesome job taking our small group around the park to see the Tassie devil, koalas, feed kangaroos, spot the croc and wallaby’s, with the night finished with a lovely lemon myrtle tea and a Dreamtime story of how the birds got their colours. Jordan was WONDERFUL with keeping our 2.5 year old engaged, happy to hold his hand and hi-5 and involve him in doing tasks to keep him engaged as there is a bit of walking. This meant by the time we made it to the Roos he was following instructions and listening well. Betty the volunteer shared amazing knowledge too. They beautifully incorporated local culture such as learning around a yarning circle and explaining why yarning circles are important in Indigenous culture.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 21, 2023
  • MilamberNZ
    Auckland, New Zealand131 contributions
    A koala experience like no other
    Came across this on trip advisor and decided to check it out. We love the outdoors and also booked in to have afternoon tea with koalas. It was great to visit the wildlife hospital and hear from the keepers what is happening with the animals - they seemed to be very well looked after and happy. The koala tea was definitely a highlight as we got to cuddle a koala (or more so, the koala got to cuddle us)! Loved it, and everyone in the family loved it too.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 25, 2023
  • tekohiwi
    Whitianga, New Zealand500 contributions
    Enjoyable afternoon
    This park has been there for since 1945 and is very well maintained and presented. We have been before but many years ago. Good displays and plenty to see. The bird display in the arena was the highlight for us. We felt the entry fee was a bit expensive and might put off some people. Plus there was a fee of $10 to park. But overall it was a pleasant experience.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 26, 2023
  • Joanna D
    2 contributions
    AMAZING loved feeding the lorakeets
    AMAZING my favourite trip on my holiday so far. I enjoyed it so much as one I love animals two like to see them in as natural as possible in a wildlife park which they were, all the animals were in big enclosures plenty of trees, grass swimming areas ect. Three I love lorakeets and got to feed many wild ones loved it! And four it was a great place to explore.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 13, 2023
  • tetibird
    745 contributions
    An Australian icon with good energy
    The park is beautiful, the workers & volunteers all exude passion for their work (talks were great, they were really friendly in a personal way), & they certainly do good works (reminded constantly of their non-profit status & by conservation focused statements). Viewing the hospital from the outside was interesting. We were lucky to see the koalas all active, eating, climbing etc, The free flight bird display was fantastic & the highlight (saw it twice!) No exhibits were spectacular (although I might be a little jaded having gone to a lot of parks in the last few months) & I'm sure foreign visitors (& little kids) would have been thrilled with contact with Australian animals we encounter frequently in our back yards. One main gripe, mentioned in previous posts, is the terrible map which is unreadable. What's wrong with a simple clear black & white map? Added to lousy (or lack of) signage we became frequently frustrated going around in circles trying to find exhibits (missethd cassuary & dingos, & only saw the reptiles on the way out when we were too tired). As an older couple backtracking & going up & down slopes was exhausting. One thought, we were impressed at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (Cairns) they allowed you to visit over a few days, which allowed you to do a morning & return another day for the afternoon activities. This might work well for families & seniors to best take in the displays & shows.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 15, 2023
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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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SD2606
Christchurch, New Zealand1,824 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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J.T.
Brisbane, Australia178 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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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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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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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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Trevor C
Beecroft, Australia3 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
Needs to bring the focus back to the animals, not ripping off tourists. E.g., $16 for a rubbish, rubbery hotdog is insane. For our family of four, hotdogs and soft drinks came to over $80!
Written January 9, 2020
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An
Sydney, Australia71 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
The place is lovely with friendly staff and an authentic wildlife feel navigating through and seeing all the animals. You’re able to hand feed the lorikeets and kangaroos, as well as see and touch them up close and personal. The sanctuary offers a train service for visitors to get on and have a ride throughout the park and see all the exhibits without walking; very friendly for families with prams.

However there are not many varied exhibits and many of the exhibits are of the same animals over and over. The bird show is a must see; it was amazing and the variety of birds shown are so well trained and taken care of. Whilst you may not see a huge variety of animals or the most exciting ones, the sanctuary is well worth a visit for the shows and an enjoyable experience overall.
Written February 25, 2020
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Mel C
Brisbane, Australia54 contributions
Jan 2021 • Family
This place is amazing! For me it is far better than Taronga zoo in Sydney.
They have a huge array of animals including koalas, kangaroos, crocodiles, monkeys and nocturnal.
The experience is so up close. You can touch and feed the kangaroos and the koala photos are only $30.
There is a cool train that moves you around the park.
All food facilities are clean and well priced. The shows are interactive and exceptional.
I can’t recommend this place enough!
Written January 11, 2021
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Kaye E
Hope Island, Australia13 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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