Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary: Hours, Address, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Reviews: 4.5/5

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Nature & Wildlife Areas • Zoos
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Voted one of the Gold Coast's most popular tourist destinations, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is the crown jewel of the National Trust of Australia (Queensland) [NTAQ] properties. As one of Queensland's earliest nature-based tourist destinations, the Sanctuary is a physical embodiment of everything the NTAQ represents: dedication to conserving our nation's Indigenous, natural and historic heritage and culture. With Blinky Bill now present for daily shows, the amazing viewing experiences available at the Wildlife Hospital and hundreds of native Australian animals on display in natural bushland and rainforest settings, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is the ultimate holiday adventure for the entire family.
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from £26.91
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3,385 reviews
Very good

Gosford, Australia128 contributions
Great animals, clean and well kept grounds, staff and very friendly, great food for reasonable price. It’s our favourite place to visit. Had koala photo which was reasonably priced. They have fantastic shows where staff have amazing knowledge.
Great day out so enjoyable.
Written 14 January 2022
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Weston, Australia41 contributions
Good place to go for a very Australian experience. Wish they had paper maps tho as the app is crap for using the map. We ended up taking a photo of the display map and using that. They had a great selection of local and Australian wildlife all in a great bush style setting. Easy to get around and the grounds are extensive. They had a little train to get on and off for when the weather is bad or if you aren’t up for walking. Wish the good options were better but all in all we had a good day with enough to keep the teenagers fairly interested.
Written 7 January 2022
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Missy C
7 contributions
Dec 2021
Rude staff, dirty park. I expect a lot more from this sanctuary. Looks like they are understaffed and not maintaining hygiene and cleanliness of the overall park. Poor animals too, they are not well maintained!
Written 26 December 2021
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Brisbane, Australia14 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
We did breakfast with the koalas. Really enjoyable. Breakfast great quality and good serving size. Price includes entry to park. Staff were extremely helpful. Lots of interaction with the koalas. Would highly recommend.
Park is great and Staff are so helpful. Good at cafe was really nice.
Written 10 December 2021
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San Francisco, CA142 contributions
Jul 2021
This National Trust property has lots to offer. Koalas, roos, birds, cafes, train. Great for family day out.
Written 12 September 2021
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Kaye E
Hope Island, Australia12 contributions
Aug 2021
My husband and I bought the Koala breakfast experience, well let me tell you our experience started right from entry, every single staff member and volunteer we connected with were so so friendly and helpful and upbeat it was brilliant. Breakfast was lovely, I had the vege bowl which was delicious and more than I could eat, my husband had bacon and eggs with sour dough toast along with a choice of Coffee varieties, tea or juices, before breakfast was served patrons could touch a koala then a few sat up in trees with us. After breakfast we were allowed into the enclosure to walk around up close there was even a baby with mum, we got to hold feeding branches as well the koalas were able to move around without stress. We then we each had a photo holding a koala soo cool 😎 . After that we wandered around sanctuary at our leisure feeding the kangaroos, wallabies and sometimes an amorous emu 😜😂😂 the free flight bird show was awesome and the tails and scales show great the young ladies conducting these two shows were spot on! We then got to have our photo taken with our choice wedged tail eagle or carpet python we both chose the python. A wonderful day Currumbin wildlife sanctuary you should be proud of yourselves and every single staff member I had contact with that also includes food staff and souvenir staff every single one of you appeared to love your job congratulations 🥳
Written 21 August 2021
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Ariel Riley
Melbourne, Australia148 contributions
I can think of few happier ways to start the day than with the utterly wonderful Koala Breakfast at Curumbin Sanctuary. It's the best value add on in the park and worth EVERY CENT. The entire experience is wonderful, from start to finish.

Let's start with food: between our group of seven we tried the bacon & eggs, brekkie burger and avo on toast. Highlight for me was the avo (with a brilliant addition of hummus and pesto it was perfect and delicious). Servings were generous and all the food was fresh and tasty.

The koala experience itself cannot be faulted: we had three furry friends visit during the sit down meal for pats and photos. We also got to visit their enclosure and offer up gum leaves. Luckily, one lovely lady took up the offer (to the delight of all).

All adults were given the opportunity to hold onto a cuddly koala and take a snap shot. The lovely photographer made a great effort to ensure wonderful photos of a truly brilliant experience.

Shout out to the AMAZING keepers who made it all so delightful. Thank you so much for the experience! You absolutely made my family's day.

The zoo itself has a lovely spread-out feel (though it's not vast). There's a miniature railway to get you around at your convenience or you can easily walk. Among the many experiences you can feed friendly kangaroos, watch a wonderful bird show or even absail, if you so choose.

It can be explored and experienced thoroughly, and without rushing, in around 3-4 hours. Less if you're quick.

If visiting I'd 100% recommend starting the day with that truly awesome koala brekkie. It's a truly wonderful experience for all kids and kids at heart.
Written 21 July 2021
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48 contributions
Jun 2021
My partner and I attended the sanctuary on a quiet winter weekday. We had breakfast at the entrance cafe which was nice but not amazing and we also had lunch, I'd recommend bringing your own lunch to save money. There is parking available directly across the street for about $10 a day. The train was a great way to see the park being hop on, hop off. Be sure to check out the bird show and eel feeding. The staff are very knowledgeable and friendly. We paid for the owl and eagle photos which was a great experience. The highlight was definitely the lorikeet feeding! be careful though they will poo on your clothes and in your hair! The two gift shops are filled with nick nacks and souvenirs for you to take home for memories.

The only issue we had was how the showtimes were spread out. It made us stay at the park for a bit longer than we wanted.
Written 25 June 2021
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Glenn Ratcliffe
Forbes, Australia98 contributions
You really must visit this place while on the Gold coast. The park is huge and very well set out. There are animal exhibits from all over the world, the gardens are very well kept. The train ride is excellent, with hop on hop off. Check out the pelican and eel feeding and catch the bird show, which is unique and different to the one at Australia zoo. Heaps of food and souvenirs and all run by volunteers. A great day out.
Written 18 June 2021
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Steven B
1 contribution
Jun 2021
Went during school term with wife and young daughter - first week of winter (june) ... this meant the park felt very very empty and almost like we had it to ourselves.

The only negative is they charge for parking - i think when a family of 3 is paying over almost $100 to get in (plus food and other stuff) ... also charging to park your car across the road is a bit steep.
However - i didnt have huge expectations - I have been to the gold coast a dozen times on holidays and never had much desire to go... being a thrill ride junkie I always end up at the theme parks. Now with a young daughter who cant do the rides - we were looking for other options this time.

We pre-paid to have our photo taken with a koala as thats not possible in NSW (also wifes bday present) and the guys who did this were fantastic with my young daughter and we had alot of fun (and a great photo too keep) ... definitely recommend doing these sort of experiences if you can afford it to add to the day.
The park itself is actually much larger than I had imagined or is even portrayed on the park map - its not huge but it certainly isnt small.
We arrived around 10am, did the photo and then took the small railway to the opposite end of the park and arrived just in time for the bird show - which was fantastic and my 2 year old was loving it (especially the pelican)...

Walk around, lunch, a play in their "wild island" playground and the 2 year old was asleep in the pram which allowed the wife and I to explore some more and take time to watch some of the animals and read the info attached to enclosures... this is when we also went to the areas where you can touch and interact with kangaroos and then also found the "lost valley" aviary (which is huge) and it also had some lemurs who were inside and got really really close to us. Once the 2 year old woke up it was a few more animals, some ice cream and more time in the playground before we left.

Overall, we were there for around 5 hours leaving just after 3pm ... and considering alot of shows and interactions are not running due to covid - i'm sure pre-covid it would have been easy to spend even more time there ( and more $$$) ...
May not have the big wow factors of other places like Australia Zoo further north with crocs etc... but for something 30 minutes from the heart of the gold coast we really enjoyed the day and definately will be back on our next trip.
Written 17 June 2021
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