Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • Simply4Lou
    Melbourne, Australia17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Up close with the birds and animals!
    We underestimated how much we would enjoy this experience! Great layout, fabulous staff and thoroughly enjoyable visit. Thank you so much to Bella who made us so welcome. We loved meeting the stink bug the koala, the bird was terrific and were impressed by the knowledgeable volunteers with the kangaroos. We’ll be back!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 April 2023
  • Rach Gold
    Sydney, Australia147 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Too Twilight Tour with Jordan!
    The twilight tour was an awesome way to get a mix of local culture and see the nocturnal animals starting their day! Keeper Jordan and Volunteer Betty did an awesome job taking our small group around the park to see the Tassie devil, koalas, feed kangaroos, spot the croc and wallaby’s, with the night finished with a lovely lemon myrtle tea and a Dreamtime story of how the birds got their colours. Jordan was WONDERFUL with keeping our 2.5 year old engaged, happy to hold his hand and hi-5 and involve him in doing tasks to keep him engaged as there is a bit of walking. This meant by the time we made it to the Roos he was following instructions and listening well. Betty the volunteer shared amazing knowledge too. They beautifully incorporated local culture such as learning around a yarning circle and explaining why yarning circles are important in Indigenous culture.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 September 2023
  • MilamberNZ
    Auckland, New Zealand131 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A koala experience like no other
    Came across this on trip advisor and decided to check it out. We love the outdoors and also booked in to have afternoon tea with koalas. It was great to visit the wildlife hospital and hear from the keepers what is happening with the animals - they seemed to be very well looked after and happy. The koala tea was definitely a highlight as we got to cuddle a koala (or more so, the koala got to cuddle us)! Loved it, and everyone in the family loved it too.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 September 2023
  • tekohiwi
    Whitianga, New Zealand505 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyable afternoon
    This park has been there for since 1945 and is very well maintained and presented. We have been before but many years ago. Good displays and plenty to see. The bird display in the arena was the highlight for us. We felt the entry fee was a bit expensive and might put off some people. Plus there was a fee of $10 to park. But overall it was a pleasant experience.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 September 2023
  • Joanna D
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    AMAZING loved feeding the lorakeets
    AMAZING my favourite trip on my holiday so far. I enjoyed it so much as one I love animals two like to see them in as natural as possible in a wildlife park which they were, all the animals were in big enclosures plenty of trees, grass swimming areas ect. Three I love lorakeets and got to feed many wild ones loved it! And four it was a great place to explore.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 13 November 2023
  • tetibird
    745 contributions
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    An Australian icon with good energy
    The park is beautiful, the workers & volunteers all exude passion for their work (talks were great, they were really friendly in a personal way), & they certainly do good works (reminded constantly of their non-profit status & by conservation focused statements). Viewing the hospital from the outside was interesting. We were lucky to see the koalas all active, eating, climbing etc, The free flight bird display was fantastic & the highlight (saw it twice!) No exhibits were spectacular (although I might be a little jaded having gone to a lot of parks in the last few months) & I'm sure foreign visitors (& little kids) would have been thrilled with contact with Australian animals we encounter frequently in our back yards. One main gripe, mentioned in previous posts, is the terrible map which is unreadable. What's wrong with a simple clear black & white map? Added to lousy (or lack of) signage we became frequently frustrated going around in circles trying to find exhibits (missethd cassuary & dingos, & only saw the reptiles on the way out when we were too tired). As an older couple backtracking & going up & down slopes was exhausting. One thought, we were impressed at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (Cairns) they allowed you to visit over a few days, which allowed you to do a morning & return another day for the afternoon activities. This might work well for families & seniors to best take in the displays & shows.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 November 2023
  • Ximena R
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the best experiences
    The sanctuary is a good place to go with your family or friends, my experience was amazing. They care the animals and protect them very well. You can live the experience if seeing the hospital, participate in different activities and learn a lot about environmental care.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 3 March 2024
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Nedine2012
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
This had to be one of the best days out on the Gold Coast (although we have had an amazing time at lots of places) - what a beautiful sanctuary with so much to do. We had such a wonderful day out. You can see how well cared for the wildlife are here. So many koalas and there are kangaroos to interact with (just need to buy a $4 bag of food from the kiosk located near by). Our 11 year old was desparte to hold a koala and having read some of the reviews online about the long wait time, we came prepared to wait. Tip: if you go to the 12.30 session, and are prepared to line up early, I would suggest start to line up at 12pm and then you only wait for 30 mins as they are pretty fast once the photo sessions open up after lunch. Holding the koala was actually worth the wait, so darn cute and really great photo keep sakes. Yes it is very pricey but we were comforted in the fact that the money goes back to the Sanctuary not some big corporate. You can also opt for Zip lining - it looked awesome - we didnt do it though because everyone was a bit tired from our adventures prior to this. Was neat seeing all the older volunteers around the place and I love the conservation story of this place. Well worth every $$ spent.
Written 1 April 2024
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Cheryl E
Boynton Beach, FL15 contributions
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Mar 2024 • Couples
Such a rip off .. what a disappointing experience. Costs alot to get in $64 and $10 parking … but fair enough the center needs to take care of these gorgeous animals. Unfortunately, and not that anyone will tell you once you’ve paid entry, if you wanna hold the koala be prepared to stand in line for more than an hour in the sun only to find out that you have been standing in line to pay $49 more … and then after they rudely extort the $49 .. you will stand in line an additional 20 min. before getting anywhere near the koala. And if you think you’ll have more than 30 seconds holding the koala .. well you’ll be disappointed cause the handler rudely tells you she doesn’t have time to let your family also take a picture of you. One good thing, at least when you pay $49 to hold the koala .. there is actually an electric fan there to cool the cashier. And the kangaroos are amazing .. but you’ll need to pay $4 for a small bag of food 🤦‍♀️. Go to Lone Pine .. may be further but a much better
day.
Written 20 March 2024
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Guide21153082351
Brisbane, Australia1 contribution
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Feb 2024 • Family
We visited this place for the first time when my brother and his wife came to see us from Japan. That was my sister-in-law's first time to Australia and we stayed at the Gold Coast for two nights and we took them there to take a koala photo and see the Australian animals.

I purchased the tickets through RACQ and printed out the tickets I received on their website. When we got there, I wasn't sure what I needed to do with the tickets, so I walked to the gate to ask the staff there. When we passed the ticket booth, one of the staff came out of the booth and yelled at me to line up. I was shocked and explained that I had the tickets purchased through RACQ and was going to ask the staff at the entrance gate. The staff yelled at me again 'You need to redeem the tickets at the booth where everyone is lining up. You need to line up!!' I got scared as she was emotional. Why couldn't she explain calmly as I just wasn't sure what to do with the tickets?

After we redeemed our tickets, we went to the koala photo place, there were no customers in front of us. I was informed at the ticket counter that we could take photos with our mobile phones as well. However, holding a koala was just for a few seconds while the staff took a photo. While I was trying to take a photo with my phone, a staff member (old lady) grabbed my arm and forced to move. She told me that I couldn't take a photo but I said I was informed by the staff that I could, but she said NO! We paid for approx $100 to hold a koala and take a photo but it ended after a few seconds and it was a complete rip off. Also, I was so uncomfortable that the female staff grabbed my arm physically and treated me like a stupid tourist.
We took them to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary when we returned to Brisbane to hold a koala and take a photo again as we wanted to make a better memory for them. They were able to take plenty of photos with their mobile phones and the staff let us even take a photo of them standing together with a koala! The staff at Lone Pine were so friendly.

In addition, we watched the bird show but it wasn't very educational compared to the one at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.
Written 20 March 2024
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Sunshine27811957948
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Great place to see the kangaroos and other wildlife. All animals are friendly, and the people working there are great. Welle worth the visit.
Written 20 March 2024
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Hannah
Christchurch, New Zealand28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We strolled around for about 2.5hrs and also went to the bird show which was awesome - would recommend. We weren’t sure if this would be worth it as we read mixed reviews, but there were lots of cool animals to see and it felt like pretty much all the enclosures were full. The staff were all really friendly, and for most of the enclosures etc you were shaded under trees so it wasn’t too hot.
Written 18 March 2024
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Janetven
Singapore, Singapore5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Great experience at the Wildlife Sanctuary where we saw so many Koalas and Kangaroos. It is a nice open atmosphere where getting close to the animals are just a given. The guides were great and very knowledgeable. However the map was very confusing and we had difficulty understanding it and finding the exit. Other than that the whole experience was great.
Written 6 March 2024
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Ximena R
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
The sanctuary is a good place to go with your family or friends, my experience was amazing. They care the animals and protect them very well. You can live the experience if seeing the hospital, participate in different activities and learn a lot about environmental care.
Written 4 March 2024
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Jacob15
Wellington, New Zealand716 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
Having done Australia Zoo a number of times and never been here, we came on this trip.
We had a great time. The staff were very friendly and helpful. There were plenty of animals to see.
The lady who gave the talk about the Tasmanian Devils was very passionate about them.
They are in the middle of a HUGE addition atm, which looks like it will at least double the park that was there.
I'd like to go back and see once it's all finished.
Written 4 February 2024
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HofH999
Melbourne, Australia1,124 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Hmm. Very ordinary. It used to be such a fab bird park but now it’s a bit of everything but nothing good. Do we need more kangaroos koalas etc?? Food was good, a little healthier than most such parks. But is it worth the entry fee?
Written 6 January 2024
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Tracey Ian M
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Haven't been to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary for MANY years!! My first trip was back in the early 60's when birdfeeding was the big attraction and there was very little of surburbia surrounding, just a few beach shacks. Probably went again in the early 2000s with my children and returned this year with the grandchildren. WOW!!! What an amazing experience.

SO much to see and do, the children all had an amazing adventure, and enjoyed the Blinky & Betsy Christmas Show. The photos taken were great and good value. The Eagle photo opportunity, I guess they can't always get the birds to spread their wings, so it was a bit disappointing and blah as a photo, but the grandchildren loved getting up close and personal.

IF you are a coeliac, hubby enjoyed a delicious lunch at the cafe at the entrance, which was tasty and filling and not overly expensive. VERY disappointed that Beefys Pies was not open (peak season and start of Qld School Holidays I would have thought they would have been, there was a large group [possibly school holiday programme] who were disappointed when I informed them it wasn't open today). Probably my only criticism is the lack of catering for Coeliacs which is a disease not a dietary choice.

OVERALL as a day out, I highly recommend. Their is a family pass available to make it a little more affordable, and if you have your Seniors Card with you there is a discount.
Written 27 December 2023
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Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost AU$65.40, while a popular guided tour starts around AU$97.69 per person.




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