My NZ-based family had travelled to the GC to do the theme parks, and we joined them for the weekend from Melbourne. It was decided to do something completely different, and we settled on Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary (CWS).
I purchased tickets via the CWS website, which was a little glitchy, however a quick phone call to Guest Services ironed these problems out. Half of our party travelled via car, and the rest took a public transport bus from Broadbeach (#700), a 30 min-ish trip which dropped us at the door.
The Sanctuary is a delightful outing, with a great range of activities for toddlers through to adults. Half our group did the Adventure Ropes, which is an excellent yet challenging activity. Two of the eight year olds managed the green course, and another nine year old managed to do all green and one of the blue. A good level of fitness and agility will stop you feeling sore the next day (like I do today!). It really encourages problem solving and good communication and we loved it.
The wildlife is well looked after and all the facilities well maintained and cleaned. Staff are friendly and engaged and overall the experience is well priced.