Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary-plenty for kids to learn!

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We love animals.Let me just say it again:We Love Animals and what we love more is to see them where they belong-in their native surroundings, not in a Zoo. There are thousands of incredible places on earth that are built as beautiful natural habitats for wild animals. We have been to a few but the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary on Gold Coast in Australia is amongst our very favourite ones!

Located very conveniently near the Gold Coast Airport, this is the place every local and every tourist absolutely must visit. This is the place where you can feed a lorikeet, safely pat a kangaroo, observe a crocodile and have a photo taken with a koala.Stop here and be warned!-once you have held a koala, you will not want to give it back, they are too cuddly!

This is the world of rarest australian animals such as dingoes and tasmanian devils. Don’t be too fooled by their adorable looks, these two are quite dangerous in the wild. Tassie devil is capable of tearing any size of meat piece into tiny shredds but will not touch ibises-aparently, those birds don’t taste too good, so that’s the only live specie(apart from the keepers) that can safely enter the devil’s hub without being torn apart.

This is the place where children learn how the injured animals are cared for in the Sanctuary’s own vet clinic.All donations and a huge portion of everything you pay for there,go to the clinic so be sure you give back a little.

The things that we enjoyed doing there:

  1. Fed a bunch of cutest most colourful birds on the planet-Lorikeets. They are friendly enough when it comes to landing on a delicious plate with a yummy nectar but if you try to pat one while it eats-you’d better watch your fingers! I got two deep marks to prove that no one likes to share food, neverherless, we enjoyed their closeness very much. The nectar is a special mix of essential nutrients that these birds need to nourish,blended with water. Delicious!

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2. We met a lovely volunteer lady that took us around the red kangooroo inclosure. She told us many interesting facts about them along with some funny(and not so)stories.While they can look friendly and fluffy there are some common sense rules everyone needs to follow when interacting with kangaroos: like always kneeling down to offer food to them, that move ensures that they also bending to the ground.This simpe technic makes them more vulnerable, less prone to self-defence if anything happens. If you are approaching a baby joey make sure you know where the mum is-she is sure watching you! Although the majority of animals look cute, they all are wild-natured and born with a heck of a set of self-protection skills.

Baby kangaroo at Sanctuary Wildlife

3. We rode on a train around the park. When you start feeling tired or kids are getting fussy, the best thing is to catch a train! Jump on and enjoy.The relaxing ride will simply restore your energy or take you to the next place you  want to visit in the Sanctuary. Sometimes we ride just to have a second look around the park just to make sure we haven’t missed anything or to get to a different show.

4. We watched the Free Flight Bird Show. Now, this is the most amazing show you can see and certainly very educational. A few majestic Australian native birds are involved even a crow! Actually, the crow steals the show at the end with its smart witty manners.

5. We watched a koala sleeping with the baby attached to its tummy.Awwww..there is the time when you want to pause,breath in the fresh air,enjoy the nature at its best.The perfect scene-a mum and a baby cuddle to sleep,very peaceful and so natural. Koalas sleep up to 18 hours a day,lucky them! They also love eating eucalyptus leaves all the time they are awake.All sorts of leaves, not just one but about 51 different types and can be quite picky!

baby koala

6. We went inside the birds ovaries, there are a few of them to explore. Hear the cheerful chirping and you know exactly where you are! All sorts of birds:small birds,large birds,and medium too. Noisy and quiet birds.Colourful and not so.

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7. We stopped at the Wildlife Hospital for injured animals to see how they are looked after and give some money towards their treatment and upkeeping. Did you know the most prone to injuries animal in Australia? Yes, it is a cuddly koala. They are very often get hit by a car while crossing in the dark, attacted by a dog or a wild cat, get struck with an epidemic disease or die from the bushfires.

Numerous other great entertaining shows are very well scheduled and suitable for both small children through to adults, they are fun and educational for all ages.

8. We got our adrenalin rush fixed with a Segway ride. Not only you will get your own tour guide that will train you to ride a Segway, he will also take you around the Sanctuary and tell the facts about every animal that is kept there. That is worth every penny! Now, this particular activity has the age and weight restrictions plus in some places it gets quite hilly,so be prepared to steer your way around other tourists,gates and animals.

Segway tour

*all photos are genuine ours. * this post is not sponsored by or affiliated with the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

 

 

How to turn a boring walk into an exciting excursion-in your own backyard.

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What a blessed year it has been..blessed living in Paradise…literally..The Paradise Point of the Gold Coast, the place that totally lives up to its name. Every morning in our household is a walk time, it is a habit turned into a family tradition.Just the three of us: mum, son and their dog.

The Spring  has officially arrived with the mornings being nothing less than magical, as the summer heat and humidity aren’t here yet.. When you get outside way before the usual work-school traffic buzz, it feels like you have the whole planet to yourself.

Yesterday was like any other day.. The sunshine was in a full swing when we left the house  and a mild spring temperature promised a lovely breezy day ahead.. First thing I noticed: the water was incredibly clear- it was a good sign. 20160924_123805-a

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The sunshine and sea breeze feel naturally relaxing, they are a part of my daily routine -that is the beauty of living on a sunny coast.

There was nothing special about our walk yesterday, except for one thing- we didn’t stop where we usually would…instead we kept walking..way and far beyond our regular point.. just to find there was no end of the end.. The beach line looked endless.How could we not notice that before???

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There is more to the beach than the water and sand. There is a native beauty that can be found where no one is looking.. native trees, birds, water plants and even mud. My favorite tree in Australia- the mangrove that is called a “tree that walks”. It literally looks like it walks out of water and makes its way to a nice shady spot. Just check those feet(the tree I am talking about).Pure magic!

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Our dog thinks the red sea grass looks amazing but…creepy.

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Sometimes among the dry sandy deserted bush land you will meet a little miracle- a young green sprout that has given all it had to break through adversity and survive equally. Australian flora is so diverse, it surprises you everywhere you look.

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It is in a human being power to turn routinely boring things that we do every day into something exciting, adventurous.. Simply becoming a tourist in your own town for a day or just a couple of hours will make you look at those boring things from a different perspective.

So next time you go for your daily walk or run -stop,pause,breathe and go exploring.Let’s see what you can find  in your backyard?