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Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary on the Gold Coast has long been one of the most popular attractions in south-east Queensland, and it isn't hard to see why. With great prices on tickets for the huge array of things to do, Currumbin Sanctuary offers one of the best value days out for families and individuals alike. Get up close with a ton of the best and cutest native Aussie and exotic wildlife at the many interactive displays and wide-open enclosures, while walking amongst the lush, comfortable eucalyptus and rainforest environments. All your animal favourites are here; you can cuddle up to and have your photo taken with a koala, get up close with crocodiles, hand-feed the many friendly kangaroos and much, much more.

Be sure to stay around for the Rainbow Lorikeet feeding - one of the main attractions - with two demonstrations, morning from 8am and afternoon from 4pm. Buy your Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary tickets here to visit this ever-popular zoological facility that is located on the Gold Coast Highway at Currumbin, around 5 minutes from Gold Coast Airport and approximately 20 mins from Surfers Paradise. Open all year round (except Christmas and ANZAC Day), pay a visit to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary today - you won't be disappointed.

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  • Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary General Admission
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  • Food and beverages
  • Souvenirs

Highlights

  • Escape and explore this iconic Gold Coast wildlife sanctuary
  • Native Australian wildlife
  • Koalas, Kangaroos, Crocodiles, Snakes, Lorikeets, Wombats, Tasmanian Devils, Dingoes and so much more
  • Daily shows and presentations
  • Follow the trail in the Lost Valley game and snap photos of awesome alligators, slithering snakes and dangerous dinosaurs

Time

  • Open daily from 9am - 4pm
  • Closed Christmas Day 25 December and Anzac Day 25 April
  • Operating hours are subject to change without notice
  • To make the most of your visit, we recommend allowing at least 4 hours to walk through the attraction

Timetable

Daily Show Timetable

  • 8:00am - Lorikeet Feeding
  • 10:00am - Pelican & Eel Feeding
  • 10:15am - Blinky Bill’s Rookie Ranger Station
  • 10:45am - Wild Skies Free Flight Bird Show
  • 11:15am - Blinky Bill’s Backyard Show
  • 11:15am - Wildlife Hospital Presentation
  • 11:45am - Aussie Scales & Tails Show
  • 12:30pm - Blinky Bill’s Backyard Show
  • 2:15pm - Wild Skies Free Flight Bird Show
  • 4:00pm - Lorikeet Feeding

Location

  • 28 Tomewin Street, Currumbin QLD. 25 minutes south of Surfers Paradise and 10 minutes north of Coolangatta. 5 minutes north of Gold Coast Airport.
  • View the Currumbin Sanctuary map

Additional Information

  • Tickets are non-refundable
  • Please be ready to make on-site payments using a 'contactless' bank card, rather than cash
  • Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary politely requests that you refrain from visiting should you start displaying any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19

Booking Information

  • Savings based on front gate prices
  • Latecomers may not be allowed entry
  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Mobile Vouchers are accepted! - Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this attraction
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Nastassjia Namasivayam 4 weeks ago
Great experience and very suitable for toddlers (and adults)! The big playground, kangaroo area and train was a big hit for my 2 year old. The only downside is parking, You almost have no choice but to pay $10 to park in their designated car park across the road. It all adds up once you’ve paid for tickets and food.
Most likely the best animal sanctuary that we’ve been too.
Nastassjia Namasivayam 4 weeks ago

Great experience and very suitable for toddlers (and adults)! The big playground, kangaroo area and train was a big hit for my 2 year old. The only downside is parking, You almost have no choice but to pay $10 to park in their designated car park across the road. It all adds up once you’ve paid for tickets and food.

Visited the sanctuary and fed some kangaroos with a photo taking session with a koala
Kenneth Neoh 1 month ago

The animals were all amazing and cute. Had a photo taking session with a koala and it was really great! Would recommend this for people of all ages as it has experiences suitable for adults and children. Did not get to try the tree top adventure though.

Awesome experience! Wonderful learning about all the wildlife
Chloe Wood 1 month ago

We loved walking around and seeing all the animals and feeding the kangaroos and wallaby’s I loved watching the bird show. We loved seeing all the animals and learning about them would definitely go back to the see the dingo show! Would of loved to see the croc feeding!

Fantastic place to visit and see the animals.
Nichola Champness 1 month ago

The staff were friendly and very insightful. I love the set up of the park, especially with the train. The train makes it easy for anyone to move around the park and not miss any of the sights & sounds. I would highly recommend a visit if you are in the area, you will not regret it!

Wonderful experience. Lots of varieties of birds and other wildlife. Would do it again.
Helen Lang 1 month ago

So much more than expected. Public transport takes you right to the door. The scenery made you feel like you were far, far away - spectacular. One enclosure had lemurs running freely, with all different varieties of birds. Would highly recommend. Easy to redeem vouchers at the park, just show email from Experience Oz.

Did not expect we have to pay $10 for parking.
Lynn Yeo 2 months ago

We could have completed the sanctuary in less than 4 hours. Since it is for child- friendly environment, there is really not much other stuff for kids to do.

Cute koalas and kangaroos! The bird show was amazing!
Philip Maximilian Frieling 3 months ago

This was our first sanctuary visit in Australia and it took around three hours (we missed the first shows, otherwise we would have spent more time). You can enter multiple reserves and see the animals from close up. E.g. inside the kangaroo reserve the animals will come close to you which gives perfect opportunities to pet them. In the end of our visit we watched the Free Flight Bird Show. They showed multiple kinds of birds and we were amazed how well the birds worked with their trainers.

It is really a good place to go with the children.
Yanqiong Zhong 4 months ago

It was amazing that I had spent the time in Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary with my three children. We took the train which is convenient for tourists to view the whole park. In the Kangaroo Country my kids fed the kangaroos that are very docile. We enjoyed this journey.

Great place for the little ones especially the little water park.
Lanni Liuvaie 5 months ago

Great place for the little ones especially the little water park. The volunteers were so helpful when offering advice, particular in the Kangaroo enclosure. Favourite place to visit was The Lost Valley. Only regret now is not getting the annual pass.

A wonderful place with amazing things to see and do. An awesome experience that we would definitely do again.
Ana Pintiuc 7 months ago

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is always a lovely place to visit with the variety of animals to see and the different shows and things to do. The children loved the train rides and petting the kangaroos. The new dinosaur trail and the lovely aviary spotting the different animals was wonderful. Would definitely visit again.

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With over 1000 native animals, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is home to one of the world’s largest collections of Australian wildlife. Cuddle a koala, hand feed a kangaroo, get a photo holding a crocodile or simply relax and watch one of our 13 daily shows.

The Ultimate Guide to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Experience Oz Senior Travel Writer

Matt Hobbs

Experience Oz Senior Travel Writer

The internet's most detailed guide to the Gold Coast's most popular animal attraction - Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary - including how to get there, prices, passes, food, tips, rides and much more.

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is something of a Gold Coast icon, having been in operation in some form since back in 1947 and having entertained and educated millions of visitors, not just locally but from all over the world. Symbolised by its iconic Rainbow Lorikeets, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary offers one of the best value days out for families on the Gold Coast.

In our in-depth Currumbin Sanctuary guide, we'll answer all the questions you may have about spending your day at this popular animal attraction - simply click on a section above to expand the relevant information below covering a range of topics including the animals you'll see, pricing options, facilities, kids activities, show times, the best ways to get there and much, much more.

Map, Times and Access

Looking for how to get to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary? You've come to the right place! Here, we take a look at how to get there by both car and public transport along with bus timetables, as well as maps of the sanctuary and its facilities and animal enclosures.

Park Timetable

For the complete breakdown of daily shows and feedings, download the Currumbin Sanctuary Timetable by clicking here. Please note that this timetable is current as of December 2016 and subject to change.

Currumbin Sanctuary Map

Currumbin Sanctuary Map

Getting to Currumbin Sanctuary

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is located in a conveniently accessible location right on the corner of the Gold Coast Highway – the Gold Coast's main roadway through the city – and as a result is easy to get to via all methods of public and private transport (other than train).

By Car

Getting to Currumbin Sanctuary by car takes roughly 25 minutes from Surfers Paradise; simply head directly south on the Gold Coast highway, and once you've passed over the Currumbin Creek Bridge you'll soon see signage to Currumbin Sanctuary on the left. Turn left onto Tomewin Street and you'll immediately see Currumbin Sanctuary on the right hand side.

Once here you will have a couple of options for parking; limited free middle-of-the-street public parking is available a short walk around the corner from the attraction and further down along Currumbin Beach, however, due to the popularity of both the Sanctuary and the beach getting a public spot can sometimes be a challenge.

Currumbin Sanctuary also offers a dedicated paid car park directly across from the sanctuary's entrance; the fee is a reasonable $10 for a full day of parking and provides direct access should you wish you exit the park and access items from your car during the day.

By Bus

Due to its location on the Gold Coast Highway, Currumbin Sanctuary is highly accessible by bus with its own dedicated bus stop and multiple bus routes which include stopping at the attraction on their schedule. Buses can be taken from stops on the Gold Coast Highway in all major tourist accommodation suburbs including Southport, Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach and Burleigh Heads.

Bus numbers 700, 760 and 767 all depart regularly and make stops at Currumbin Sanctuary; these run roughly 15 minutes apart from one another so boarding any of the three routes will get you to Currumbin in the same amount of time.

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Express Shuttle Bus Service

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary also offers a direct express bus transfer service that can be booked at your accommodation front desk or directly over the phone by calling 1300 886 511. These depart and return twice daily, with return services from the sanctuary at both 3:30pm and 5:15pm.

Please note that this service is currently unavailable, for more information please call our Reservations team on 1300 935 532.

Facilities

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary has a range of facilities to help make your visit easier and more enjoyable; we outline them here including parking, wheelchair and stroller access and more.

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Parking

Upon arriving at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary you will have a couple of options for parking; limited free middle-of-the-street public parking is available a short walk around the corner from the attraction and further down along Currumbin Beach, however, due to the popularity of both the Sanctuary and the beach getting a public spot can sometimes be a challenge.

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Parking

Currumbin Sanctuary also offers a dedicated paid car park directly across from the sanctuary's entrance; the fee is a reasonable $8 for a full day of parking and provides direct access should you wish you exit the park and access items from your car during the day. All proceeds from these parking fees go towards helping support the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation.

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Picnic Tables & Seating

Unlike many other zoos or theme parks, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary does permit guests to bring their own food into the park and does a solid job of providing seating and picnic tables to enjoy your own meal in the shade. While they aren't extensive, the sanctuary provides picnic facilities in two major areas:

  • The park in the "Wild Island" kids area; this also comes with vending machines for drinks and snacks as well as garbage bins.
  • The southern side of the Wildburgers restaurant also has several tables and its closeness to the restaurant means you can buy additional snacks/cold beverages to go with your food.
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Picnic Tables

There are also several open grassed areas that visitors are welcome to use with a picnic rug if they prefer. The only disclaimer is that tables at the sanctuary's restaurants/cafes are not to be used when eating food not purchased at the attraction as these are designated for those who have bought in-park food.

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Wildlife Hospital

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary's dedicated wildlife hospital plays a large role on the Gold Coast as the go-to place for the caring and treatment of injured wildlife. A long-running institution that has done great work for several decades, the Wildlife Hospital admits over 8000 native animal patients each year, with each animal receiving a high level of veterinary care from the skilled and passionate staff.

Currumbin Sanctuary Wildlife Hospital

The aim of animals that are admitted to the hospital is to have them rehabilitated for release back into the wild. Visitors to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary can visit the Hospital Precinct within the sanctuary to see the work and care being put in by the workers in action.

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Hospital is also involved in a range of research projects aimed at helping the survival of species in the wild. The Foundation relies on donations and corporate sponsors to fund the crucial work of the veterinary team, in treating, rehabilitating and releasing, sick, injured and orphaned native wildlife. The Hospital Precinct Experience is open to guests between the hours of 8:00am and 4:00pm. To pay a visit, head to the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital precinct to the rear of the secondary dingo enclosure inside the attraction (area #5 on the park map).

Disabled Access

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is an attraction that is entirely wheelchair friendly and caters for the special needs of persons with disabilities. Wheelchair hire is free of charge should you wish to utilise a chair from the attraction; however you will be asked to leave a security deposit (car key, drivers licence etc) as part of the hire process. As Currumbin Sanctuary only has a limited number of wheelchairs for hire, it is highly recommended that you book one in advance.

Stroller Hire

As with wheelchair access, the majority of Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is stroller accessible. In addition, strollers are available for hire at a cost of $8 per day along with an item for deposit. As Currumbin Sanctuary only has a limited number of strollers for hire, it is highly recommended that you book one in advance.

Prayer Rooms

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary has a prayer room for visitors to utilise. The prayer room is located diagonally across from the entry to the "Green Cauldron" exhibit behind the main koala display.

Gift Shop

The gift shop also serves as the main entrance pathway to the inner parts of Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Inside you can find all manner of wildlife-related memorabilia available for purchase including stuffed toys, calendars, stationery and various other souvenirs.

The gift shop is open during the regular opening hours of the sanctuary.

Lockers and Storage

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary has a secured lock up room where visiting guests are welcome to leave their luggage free of charge while they are in the park. On arrival at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, simply see a staff member in the Nature’s Gift shop at the entrance and they will assist you with your luggage.

Shows and Times

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary isn't merely a walk-and-observe wildlife attraction; there are numerous shows, performances and talks given throughout the day that provide further details, insight and demonstrations into Aussie wildlife and culture as a whole. From feedings, to live cultural dances, and guided examples of animals in action, there are plenty of ways to keep yourself entertained for a full day at Currumbin Sanctuary.

The list of animal shows and other side demonstrations are outlined in detail here.

Aboriginal Culture Show

Show time: 3pm (currently Friday, Saturday & Sunday)

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary's shows aren't limited to just animals; one of the most popular events is the daily Aboriginal Cultural Show that aims to highlight the rich local Aboriginal culture of the Gold Coast region. Utilising a combination of storytelling, hand-created music and dance, the performance is put on by the Jellurgal dance troop who outline details on the spirituality, society and rituals of the Yugambeh Aboriginal people – one of the oldest cultures on earth.

Currumbin Aboriginal Cultural Show

During the performance you'll learn traditional greetings and farewells (including “Jingi Wallal Wahllu”, the traditional welcome dance), see fire being created by hand, learn the technique and significance behind the iconic didgeridoo and more – there's even the chance for audience participation as the dance troop select members from the crowd to demonstrate male and female dances, respectively. The Aboriginal performance takes place each day in the afternoon in a sandy area of the attraction and is free to attend and take part in.

Blinky Bill Rookie Ranger Show

One specifically for the little ones, the Blinky Bill show features one of Australia's most popular children's animal characters - Blinky Bill the Koala - and his friend Nutsy as they embark on an adventure filled with song and dance.

Featuring two shows and making two daily appearances, Blinky and friends provide plenty of fun and smiles to kids of all ages.

Dr. Doo-Lots Creature Teacher Show

Show time: 10:00am

Combining education and entertainment on all things animalistic, the Dr. Doo-Lots Creature Teacher Show takes place at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary in the mornings and features the sanctuary's very own "wildlife whisperer" as he introduces the attraction's Aussie wildlife in a fun and child-friendly manner.

Currumbin Dr Doo Lots Show

This is a fast-paced and fun filled show that involves a multitude of interesting facts on animals and wildlife in general, with prizes, giveaways and the chances for younger participants to get up close and personal with a number of creatures.

Show watchers will also have the chance to meet the furry friends starring in the show for a photo opportunity after it's finished.

Australiana Sheep Shearing Show

Show time: 11:40am and 2:40pm

Aiming to offer visitors a "taste of the outback", Currumbin Sanctuary's Australiana show shows a slice of what life is like on a traditional Aussie sheep station while providing insight into several native Australian animals. Incorporating a blend of information and humour, the show involves Australian cattle dogs, reptiles, and a live demonstration of traditional sheep shearing.

Currumbin Sheep Shearing Show

Show watchers can have a few laughs, learn about the wildlife species, and have the chance to hold a snake and have their photos taken. The Australiana Sheep Shearing Show occurs twice a day and takes place right next to the Free Flight Bird Show, making combining the two the ideal way to take an interesting and entertaining break from walking around.

Lorikeet Feeding

While it's not technically a "show", Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary's lorikeet feeding sessions are perhaps its most iconic experience, having been in operation in some form dating all the way back to 1947 before the sanctuary officially existed. Taking place twice a day - both early in the morning and late in the afternoon - the feedings are hosted in a pre-entry area of the sanctuary that does not require a ticket to enter; guests can simply give a gold coin donation and be given a bowl filled with a tasty nectar-like mixture to encourage the lorikeets to land and grab a bite to eat.

Of course, it also serves as a popular activity for paying visitors to the sanctuary to either start or finish off their days with as well, and is incredibly fun for children in particular.

Currumbin sanctuary Lorikeet Feeding

The other thing to note about Rainbow Lorikeets is that they are LOUD - particularly in large groups as they are easily excited; but this is all part of the fun!

WilkSkies - Free Flight Bird Show

Twice daily- check schedule on the day

One of the main highlights of any trip to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is their excellent WildSkies free-flight bird show that shows off a diverse range of bird species both large and small in action. Held under a shaded canopy area with guests seated on benches on a slight hill, the show features a wildlife presenter with headset who is extremely knowledgeable about all things avian who adds insight and information on the habitats, diets and conservation status of each bird type involved.

During the show you'll see birds demonstrating behaviours that they display in the wild; birds of prey swoop swiftly through the sky and catch mouse heads tossed to them by the presenter, beautifully coloured macaws perch on branches before taking off, a buzzard demonstrates its remarkable technique for cracking open emu eggs, and even a pelican makes a splash-worthy appearance.

The star of Currumbin Sanctuary's bird show is, without a doubt, the massive Wedge-Tailed Eagle. This huge bird of prey starts off by landing on a tree then turns and swoops back and forth over the heads of the impressed audience at an incredibly low altitude - if you're watching the show be sure to remain seated! The free flight bird show takes place in both morning and afternoon sessions and is included in the price of admission, making it a must-do during your visit to Currumbin.

Animal Feedings

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary provides visitors with the chance to both observe and take part in a number of other miscellaneous animal feedings throughout the day in addition to those mentioned above.

These include:

  • Pelicans & Eels: Pelicans and eels are fed in tandem in the waters of Currumbin Creek which surrounds the inner side of Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Short-finned eels are found naturally in the creek, and swarm for their morning feed in large numbers. Resident local pelicans are also found in large numbers in this part of the Gold Coast, and several of them will typically join to take part in the feeding fun as they are hand-fed fish.
    Time: 10am
  • Cassowaries: The massive and colourful ground-bound cassowaries are the first of the animals to receive their public feeding in the afternoon. They are largely scavengers that forage the rainforest floor with a varied diet of both plants and dead animals; they certainly aren't fussy! The cassowaries are in a shaded forest-style area and receive their daily dose of fruit from their keepers early each afternoon with visitors able to look down from the viewing platforms above.

Food and Drink

If you're planning to visit Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary you'll likely be there a decent number of hours, and with that time spent inevitably comes hunger and thirst. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary has several options for food and drink for visitors in the form of cafes, kiosks, vending machines and more, while self-catering for a picnic or packed lunch is also possible. We detail these offerings here.

Option 1 - Bringing your own Food

Unlike many other popular attractions, Currumbin Sanctuary does allow guests to bring their own consumables and enjoy a packed lunch at their leisure. If cost is a major concern this is a huge benefit, and while the sanctuary does not have any officially designated picnic areas or barbecue facilities to use, there are several picnic tables dotted throughout the park, with a few located at the Wild Island kids area and near the Wildburgers restaurant. Visitors are also welcome to bring their own blankets/rugs and utilise one of the many spacious grassed areas.

Currumbin Sanctuary Food

The only major exception is alcohol, which is prohibited (understandable); other than that the freedom to bring ones own food or snacks is a big selling point over some stricter attractions.

Option 2 - the Sanctuary Cafe

The first and most obvious spot to grab a bite to eat you'll come across once entering the park is the Sanctuary Cafe, which sits just inside the park before the entrance. This location means that it's possible to dine at the cafe without actually entering the Sanctuary, and the cafe also provides free Wi-Fi access for those who have purchased an item. The cafe is open for both breakfast and lunch 7 days a week and serves a mixed bag of both fresh modern foods as well as fast food-style options. The Sanctuary Cafe also provides a number of Gluten-Free options for those who prefer, including sandwiches, cakes and slices.

Currumbin Sanctuary Cafe

This is the largest place to eat in Currumbin Sanctuary and offers plenty of seating that is shaded under umbrellas which makes for a good rest-and-recharge spot on sunny days. You'll also often find yourself "dining with the wildlife" as there are always large lizards sitting around near the dining area - a sure sign that you're about to be immersed in nature!

Option 3 - Wild Burgers

Located at roughly the "halfway point" between the entrance of the park and its far side, Wild Burgers has its own stop on the Currumbin Sanctuary train station track and is the go-to spot if you're looking for a solid and filling burger, fish and chips, or other fast food option. There are also veggie burgers to cater to vegetarians and other lighter options such as fruit salads, sandwiches and snack food. In addition to soft drinks, the cafe also serves coffee for those who need their caffeine hit.

Currumbin Sanctuary Burgers

There is a sufficient amount of seating/tables here although it can get crowded and noisy if you're timing your meal right on lunchtime or in the heart of school holidays; thus it's advisable to bring some snacks to keep yourself going in the day and have your main meal here around the 1:30 - 2:00pm mark.

Option 4 - Kangaroo Outpost

If you're after a quick dose of refreshment and a snack, there is another, smaller kiosk located near the main kangaroo enclosure which is one of Currumbin Sanctuary's main highlights. While it's not a full-blown restaurant like the others, there are cold and hot drinks, packets of chips and small foods such as sausage rolls on offer.

Kangaroo Cafe

As the enclosure is a fair walk from some parts of the park, it's a good spot to either take a break after feeding the kangaroos or rehydrate before grabbing some 'roo feed as the kangaroo enclosure is largely unsheltered.

Optional Extras

In addition to all the animal-viewing fun of a general admission ticket, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary also offers a number of optional extras that allow you to expand your visit further including extra tours, animal feeds and holdings, special photography sessions and more.

Koala Photos

As one of only two states in Australia where visitors to wildlife attractions are allowed to cuddle a koala, Queensland's facilities give guests the chance to get their hands on one of our furry national icons, and Currumbin Sanctuary is no exception.

Currumbin Koala Photos

The koala photo studio is open from 8:00am to 5:00pm during standard opening hours, meaning you'll be able to get a snap taken at any time of the day and queue up when the lines are at their smallest.

Show Schedule

  • 8.00am and 4:00pm Lorikeet Feeding & Photo Opportunity
  • 10.15am, 11.15am (additional show at 12.30pm on weekends) Blinky Bill's Backyard Show
  • 10.45am and 1:30pm weekdays; 10:45am and 2:15pm WildSkies Free Flight Bird Show
  • 11.45am: Aussie Scales and Tails (weekends)
  • 10: 00am: Pelican & Eel Show
  • 3:00pm:Aboriginal Cultural Show (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
  • Animal Encounters and Optional Photos

    Those wanting to get more "hands-on" during their visit to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary will have numerous opportunities to do so during a visit; the attraction offers a variety of animal experiences with different creatures from all over the animal kingdom from the furry, to the feathery, scaly and more.

    In addition to the koala photos mentioned above, the following additional animal encounters and picture sessions are available with both animals and park staff and performers:

    • Aboriginal Cultural Team Photo Opportunity: After you've taken in all the song, dance and storytelling of local Gold Coast indigenous culture, have your photo taken with the show's performers in full traditional garb and paint.
    • Bird of Prey Photo Opportunity: After the Free Flight Bird Show, you'll have the chance to have your photo taken with a Wedge-Tailed Eagle - the largest predatory bird in Australia.
    • Crocodile Photo Opportunity: Following the feeding of "head" saltwater crocodile Boss Hog, you'll have the opportunity to hold a baby saltwater crocodile and have your photo taken.
    • Snake Photo Opportunity: This takes place after the Australiana Sheep Shearing Show and will allow you to get your hands on an impressive (yet harmless!) diamond python.
    • Join a Keeper: Got a particular passion for wildlife? The Join a Keeper experience allows visitors to book an up-close chance to observe, feed and interact with a range of wildlife at the park inside their enclosures. These extras must be booked in advance.
    • Echidna Encounter: The spiky and slow-moving echidna is one of Australian wildlife's most recognisable icons, and with this experience you'll be able to hold one (from the bottom of course!) and enjoy their unique and entertaining personalities. They may even feed from your hand, or give you a special "kiss" with their long, anteater-style tongue. Pricing is $29 per person.
    • Possum Encounter: If you love all things cute and cuddly, the Possum Encounter is an ideal fit; with this experience you'll get to meet and hold a beautiful brush-tail possum and see their gentle and kind-natured attitudes firsthand. Their soft fur and big eyes make for an incredibly cute experience!
    • Saltwater Crocodile Feeding: Headlining saltwater crocodile Boss Hog is a big boy, and a big boy comes with a big appetite. At his daily feeding session (contact us to know when), a guest may sign up for the chance to give him his meal themselves! With his food on the end of a long pole, the massive 4.8 metre long croc will leap to grab his lunch - a spectacular and intimidating sight.

    Additional, seasonal animal encounters and other wildlife experiences may also occur from time to time; to confirm the currently available experiences call Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary directly.

    Need help with your booking? Contact Us enquiry@experienceoz.com.au Help Code: 81

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