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