The Gold Coast is home to the iconic and impressive pelicans, you will see them in various spots, probably at a distance, but you don’t always get to see them close up.
Every day, hundreds of Pelicans start gathering at around 12pm and wait patiently on the beach to be feed fresh fish by the staff at Charis Seafoods, right next to Ian Dipple Lagoon at 371 Marine Parade in Labrador.
While you wait, you can swim with the pelicans in Ian Dipple Lagoon, order fresh fish and chips for lunch at Charis Seafood or the kids can play on one of the two covered playgrounds close by.
We arrived at 12.30pm and there was already a large crowd waiting to see the
pelican feeding and the pelicans were waiting patiently as well.
It was such a spectacular sight to see these magnificent birds so close up and there was plenty of opportunities to catch a selfie or two before the feeding.
The feeding started just after 1.30pm when one of their friendly staff members came out with buckets full of fish scraps. You will watch the hungry pelicans compete for the fish heads and guts and swallowing them into their throat pouch.
The pelicans weren’t afraid of people, but keep a little distance as they will defend themselves with a quick nip!
The reserve features two fully fenced and shaded playgrounds, and a safe swimming lagoon, fresh seafood and fish and chip shop.
Tips and Facts:
WHERE: Ian Dipple Lagoon, 371 Marine Parade Labrador
WHEN: Daily at 1.30pm
WHAT TO BRING: Pack your bathers to enjoy the lovely safe swimming in the lagoon
PARKING: Free 2 hour parking spots. If you come too close to 1.30pm, you may find it hard to find a park so there is also free parking along the main road.
Its a popular tourist attraction so arrive early to have enough time to find a parking spot and to order fish and chips at Charis Seafood
Bring your swimmers and towels, camera, sunscreen and picnic blanket. There are plenty of shaded areas and picnic tables too.
There are changing rooms and well maintained public toilets, overall the facilities here are very well maintained.
When you are in the Gold Coast, make sure you add this activity to your list! The kids really enjoyed being able to watch the pelicans being fed, playing on the playground, swimming in the safe lagoon and eating yummy hot fish and chips, making this a perfect family day out!