A Guide To Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Gold Coast

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Gold Coast
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Located in the Eastern part of the country in Queensland, Gold Coast is the state’s second-largest city. The Gold Coast was home to numerous indigenous tribes before Europeans landed here in 1823. Since then the city has grown considerably and is one of the country’s biggest tourist attractions with its surfing, nightlife, theme parks, and of course, beautiful sunny weather. Wildlife and animals have always been important for the people and country of Australia and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the best and biggest sanctuaries around. It is a major attraction for people visiting the Gold Coast. If you’re in the area and are looking to see some of Australia’s wildlife, here’s a guide to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Gold Coast.

Things to do

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary entrance
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Take a tour

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is an absolutely beautiful place that encourages people to learn and appreciate native Australian wildlife and to respect and live among them. Learn about the wide array of animals that call Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary home with a tour of the grounds and get some personal time with the animals. Choose from a variety of tours like a koala photoshoot or a croc feeding or hang out and take some selfies with the calm and chill capybaras. You can also go behind the scenes and check out what it takes to run and care for the animals here or go on a segway safari and see them all.

See a show

If you’re not into touring the grounds then why not catch a show? A great option for people who still want to learn about and see the animals is to watch one the shows hosted by the people who know them best. Check out different shows featuring different animals like the Fang Factory which showcases reptiles, the Free Flight Bird Show which shows some of Australia’s most beautiful birds, and the Aboriginal Dance Show which celebrates the rich culture of Australia’s native people.

Wild Island Adventure Splash Zone

If you’re traveling with the kids and are looking to give them a day of fun and adventure, check out Wild Island Adventure Splash Zone. This recent addition to the park is a nice way for kids to cool off in the summer heat and be surrounded by the exotic nature and animals of Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

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What to eat

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Sanctuary Cafe

Surrounded by gorgeous gardens and colorful birds, Sanctuary Cafe is by the Lorikeet Arena and serves some tasty breakfast and lunch options. Have some traditional cafe delights like light sandwiches and cakes or indulge in some tasty Aussie coffee. Grab a seat outside and relax in nature while you eat or grab your food to go.

Wild Burgers

Located right in the heart of Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, is this restaurant that proves nothing satisfies like a tasty burger. Featuring a delicious selection of food like fish and chips as well as fried chicken and salads, there is definitely something to satisfy on the menu here at Wild Burgers. Wash it down with a cool drink and even catch a show while you eat. Finish it all with a fresh dessert like ice cream or fruit salad.

Kangaroo Outpost

Take a pause and recharge your batteries at Kangaroo Outpost. Have a quick snack like a sausage roll, gourmet sandwich or muffin while you hang out amongst the kangaroos. Grab a bite to eat on the go or dine while making friends with the local marsupials.

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Things to buy

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Nature's Gift Store

For everything Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Nature’s Gift Store is your go-to destination. You’ll have a wide range of souvenirs here like stuffed koalas, t-shirts and even drinkware. You can also collect your photos you may have taken during your time here and print them out!

Spirit of the Outback Giftshop

Bringing the outback to the Gold Coast, this souvenir shop is your stop for everything Australian. Located near the park exit, this shop focuses on everything Australian-made so if you’re in the market for a didgeridoo, boomerang, or handcrafted sheepskin products, make sure to stop by the store.

Wild Things and Candy Store

A delicious place for kids and adults alike, Wild Things and Candy Store is a little shop that will satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth. A full range of candy options available as well some novelties like plush toys and some must-haves like sunscreen and rain ponchos can be found here.

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Travelers tips

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
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Extensive wheelchair access is available throughout the park but guests with mobility issues should still be aware that there are some steep hills around. The park’s range of boardwalks and ramps makes getting around easier but places that would be hard to access via wheelchair are clearly marked ahead. Guests with a carer or companion can access the park for free upon presentation of their carer card at the gate.

Always check for prices

Although the price of admission covers a lot of things, there may be some hidden costs for things that you might not be aware of. Things like pictures and the koala photography session may incur extra costs.

Don't skip the necessities

Bring some good walking shoes because you’ll likely be walking around a lot. Also bring some sunscreen because although there’s lots of shade, you should be careful about spending too much time in the hot Australian sun.

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How to get there

Gold Coast bus
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Buses in the Gold Coast run for 24 hours a day and stop by most main attractions. The 700, 760, 767 and, 768 bus stops directly in front of the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

By car

Arriving by car is the easiest way to get here. There’s plenty of parking available located across the street that costs 10 AUD (7 USD) which goes to supporting the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Hospital so you can park your car for a good cause.

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Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary information

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Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Address: 28 Tomewin St, Currumbin QLD 4223, Australia

Official website: Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Board of Tourism Visit Queensland

Opening hours: 8am - 5pm (daily)

Price: 34.25 - 118 USD

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How to book tickets (from USD 68.47)

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Admission for tickets can be bought online on their website starting at 50 AUD (34.25 USD). Promotions for tickets bought online are available but tickets can also be bought through third-party sellers as well as at the front entrance.

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Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Ticket & VIP Koala Experience

Duration: 20 minute

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