Gold Coast is famous for her themeparks and glorious beaches....then there is Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary if you want a little respite from the hustle and bustle that is synonymous with Gold Coast.
This was the family second visit to Currumbin. The first was a good five years ago. This time round, the park seem to be upgraded in parts. It still retains the charm of old.
Currumbin Wild Sanctuary is NOT a zoo. On our first visit, we had expected to see lots of animals as you would in a typical Australia Zoo. We had since been more informed and appreciate Currumbin Wildlife for what it is meant to be.... a sanctuary for Wildlife found in Australia since 1947.
The first animals that greeted us are the Koalas. Most of the time Koalas are sleeping. There was one or two that was awake while we were there. Compared to Paradise Country, the Koalas in Currumbin seem to be healthier judging by their lush fur.
As bear like as they look, Koalas are not bears. Instead they are marsupial similar to Wombats and Kangaroos. They are characterised as such as their babies are kept in pouch for a while after birth.
Bet that is something new you learn today.
That said, the kids could not resist a photo opportunity with the Koala ( cost extra ).
The park is split into 2 zones. We decided to take the mini train into the inner zone.
Our first stop would be the Kangaroos enclosure. The Kangaroos are aplenty lazing in the big open space.
You can buy a packet of food to feed them at the premises. Given that was Winter, their energy level seem to be a notch lower than anticipated.
Walking around Currumbin Wildlife, there are times when you would feel that you were transported to the stone ages. This is especially so when you encounter the Water Dragons of Currumbin.
Very Jurassic isn't it.
Except luckily for us, these water dragons are mostly 0.5 metres long and not 5 metres like their ancestors were.
|Australia Water Dragon|
The modern dinosaur like reptile , the saltwater crocodile is another tale altogether.
|What a bite!|
A tamer native to Australia has a name that would strike a fear in most hearts.
If you ask us, the Tasmanian Devil would crush a few hearts instead.
Other than wildlife watching you can catch shows like Air Asia Free Flight bird show at Currumbin.
Don't miss the Rainbow Lorikeet feeding near the entrance if you want to get up close and personal with the birds.
If you ask the kids what is the best part of the park, they have only one answer.
|Wild Island Playgrounds|
There are not one but three different playgrounds at Currumbin Wildlife.
It was a shame we do not have a longer time there. Thus we only sample a few of them.
We do recommend a whole day at Currumbin Wildlife if you want the full experience in the park.
Don't forget to say hi to Blinky Bill while you are there!
With the pristine soft sand and with the skyline of Surfer's paradise in the background, it is a good spot to have breakfast.
|Currumbin Beach Vikings|
Stop by Currumbin Beach Vikings for your breakfast fix.
|Currumbin Beach Vikings breakfast|
|Surfing at Paradise|
The Little Details
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
28 Tomewin St, Currumbin QLD 4223, Australia