Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary on the Gold Coast

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary has been a popular Gold Coast attraction for nearly 70 years. It contains a wide variety of native Australian wildlife, set on 40 hectares of parkland. It is known best for its flock of semi-tame Rainbow lorikeets, that visits twice a day and can be hand fed by visitors without having to pay an entry fee.

Rainbow Lorikeet

The Rainbow Lorikeets visit the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary twice a day to be fed, once in the morning at 8am and once in the afternoon at 4pm.
This activity takes place outside of the paid section, so it is possible to be a part of the feeding without having to pay admission, although donations are always appreciated.

Interestingly, the park was started in 1947 by Alex Griffiths, who started feeding the parrots regularly so they would not eat his flowers. Over the years this has resulted in the birds becoming accustomed to people, but not tame. Most are happy to be fed by hand and will crawl over your arms and even your head, which makes for great photos, but if you invade their private space they will be quick to give you a little nip.

They drink a a mixture of milk and honey, which the guides explain is the only safe thing to feed birds; food such as bread, rice and chips are actually very unhealthy for them to eat. A guide will come around and fill a small dish which you hold up for the lorikeets.

Koala Bear

Inside the sanctuary there are many opportunities to get up close to native Australian wildlife. One unforgettable experience for many tourists is the chance to have your photo taken while holding a Koala. This is an extra expense not included in general admission. Even if you don’t want to get that close you can still get some great pictures from outside the exhibit.

Grey Kangaroos

Full price admission to the park costs $49, but you can get some deals if you shop around. One package includes a 2 hour cruise as well as entry for $49.95. You can browse the offer here.

One of the features of the park is a large model railway set, which serves as the main way to get around the park apart from walking. We took the train to the kangaroo exhibit first, where we interacted with the twenty of so roos, some of which had baby joeys. We were able to hand feed some of them, and get some great photos.

Salt Water Crocodile

There are reptile exhibits with Salt Water Crocodiles. These also can be hand fed for an extra price.

Eagle Exhibit

There are many exhibits and shows at the park, and many different ways to tour, including new segway safaris. The free flight bird show was one of my favourites, which included this huge wedge tailed eagle.

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