If you are looking for something to do on the Gold Coast beside the big four theme parks, why not spend the day at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Great for adults and children alike, there is plenty to see and do. You may even learn something new!
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary (formerly Currumbin Bird Sanctuary) was established in 1947 by Alex Griffiths, who was a bee keeper and flower grower. To stop the wild lorikeets eating his prized flowers he began feeding them. This grew to be a popular attraction, with bird feeding sessions held twice daily for the public to join in and feed the beautiful rainbow lorikeets.
The Sanctuary is now a part of the National Trust of Queensland. It is a not-for-profit park. All revenue raised goes to maintaining the park, conservation based research, caring for sick and injured wildlife and public education.
You can stroll around and visit all the animals, stop and have a bite to eat and let the kids run wild in the play areas. There is a train that you can climb aboard and do a lap of the park. Throughout the day there are opportunities to get up close and have a professional photo taken with a koala, dingo, brush tailed possum, short beaked echidna, barn owl or a baby salt water croc!
There are shows on during the day that are fun and educational. There is sheep shearing, the Air Asia free flight bird show, croc behavior show, Aboriginal dancing and the Dr Doo-Lots & the creature teacher show. Blinky Bill and Nutsy are also roaming around, so keep an eye out for them and say hi!
If all of that isn’t enough to keep you busy there are still some more things you can do at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.
You can go on the Segway safari- a 40 minute guided tour on a Segway. Training is given and weight and age restrictions do apply. Maximum of four guests per tour.
If you are feeling truly adventurous, get your adrenalin pumping at the High Ropes Adventure Park located inside Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. There are 80 huge tree top challenges, including 11 ziplines. Croc Shoc will have you literally ziplining over crocodiles!
For more information visit http://www.cws.org.au/