My first memory of Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is of a rainbow lorikeet interrupting my breakfast and stealing from the yoghurt and granola parfait I purchased from the front entrance café. The whole fiasco had been amusing and exasperating all at once. Alright, so my favourite Australian wildlife park to date is still Taronga Zoo, but I do love the koala haven that is Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. As you’re about to find out, I took heaps of photographs there on our last excursion.
For the most part, CWS is an easy park to tackle. Some wildlife parks are so sprawling that it is impossible to cover everything in a day – case in point: Sydney’s Taronga Zoo and the Singapore Zoo. CWS is quite a bit smaller than most zoos because they don’t actually shelter any non-native animals. But don’t let that put you off. They have an impressive range of Australian wildlife. Apart from the platypus, you’ve got all the important ones here: koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, dingoes, crocodiles, emus, Merino rams, a good range of songbirds, cheeky parrots and birds of prey, wombats, echidnas, Tasmanian devils, the lot.
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is a great place for families, animal lovers and photography enthusiasts to get up close and personal with creatures big and small, harmless and dangerous. You even get to pat lazy kangaroos, cuddle sleepy koalas and feed noisy lorikeets. Why wouldn’t you want that?!
CURRUMBIN WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
28 Tomewin Street
Currumbin, Queensland 4223
Gold Coast, Australia
Opening hours: 8am – 5pm daily