The Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is more than just a zoo, it really feels like a sanctuary and focuses on a more intimate, hands-on experiences with Australian wildlife in a fun-filled almost natural environment, you really get to be amongst the animals and learn about the different species and their conservation.
The sanctuary is home to hundreds of native Australian mammals, birds and reptiles and is world-renown for its feeding of huge flocks of free-flying wild rainbow lorikeets, which come to the sanctuary to feast off the special mixture which the lorikeets eat. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary has a offers a wide range of learning experiences including shows and encounters throughout the day and attractions include dingo encounters, free flight bird shows and feeding of the park’s massive saltwater crocodile.
The park also contains a serious aspect of its work and exhibits and behind the scenes includes a state-of-the-art veterinary and rehabilitation hospital.
From the jurassic-like crocodile to the enclosed playground and toddler dance parties for the little ones, there are animals and activities to suit everyone’s interests.
Our four year old loved the mini-sized train the circles the park, the two beautiful playgrounds and the daily shows with Koala and the newly opened Blinky Bill’s Studio Adventure, tree house and slide. Our eight year old girl loved colourful aboriginal show at the end of the day and the newly opened Lost World with the cheeky ring-tailed lemurs that run around freely just out of arms reach.
The Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary was one of the first parks when we visited in Australia as a family four years ago, so it was amazing to return again and see how much the zoo has evolved and developed over the years with new attractions, enclosures and shows, but at its heart it still very much about conservation and animal welfare.
The Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary was established by beekeeper and floriculturist Alex Griffiths in 1947 as a small-scale tourist venture featuring lorikeet feeding displays in which tourists could participate. By at least 1953 it was known as the Currumbin Bird Sanctuary and by the mid-1950s had become an iconic tourist attraction on the Gold Coast. The place had evolved by the early 1970s to offer visitors a variety of experiences.
Don’t miss the beautiful black and white photos on display near the entrance to the park which show the park in its early years.
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is located at 28 Tomewin St, Currumbin and has a dedicated car park on Tomewin Street – open from 7.30am until 5.30pm (except on event days). Car park fees apply
Travelling by car
From the south
Travel along the Pacific Highway onto the Gold Coast Highway at Coolangatta. Then follow the Gold Coast Highway to Currumbin and turn right at the traffic lights onto Tomewin Street.
From the north Travel south on the Gold Coast Highway to Currumbin. Turn left at the lights onto Tomewin Street.
On the M1 Motorway Travel on the M1 Motorway, take exit 95 to Stewart Road. Turn onto the Gold Coast Highway, then turn right onto Tomewin Street.