1 Key Facts
- 1. Entry to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
- 2. Single professional photo
- 1. Transport from/to hotel
- 2. Food & beverages not listed as Inclusions
- 3. Souvenirs
- 4. Travel Insurance
|Address||28 Tomewin Street, Currumbin QLD 4223, Australia|
|How to get there||● By Car
- From the south:
Travel along the Pacific Highway onto the Gold Coast Highway at Coolangatta. Then follow the Gold Coast Highway to Currumbin and turn right at the traffic lights onto Tomewin Street.
- From the north:
Travel south on the Gold Coast Highway to Currumbin. Turn left at the lights onto Tomewin Street.
- From the M1 Motorway:
Travel on the M1 Motorway, take exit 95 to Stewart Road. Turn onto the Gold Coast Highway, then turn right onto Tomewin Street.
- This is a dedicated car park on Tomewin Street - open from 07:30 until 17:30pm (except on event days). Car park fees apply. Alternatively there is free street parking.
● By Public Transport
- Please visit https://translink.com.au/ for full details
|Other info||● Koala Photo Operating Hours:
Daily 08:00 - 16:00. After 16:00 will be only on request base and prior booking is required.
● Single professional photo which can include one person or a group with only one person holding the koala.
● Child Koala Holding Criteria
It is ultimately at the Koala Handlers discretion on the day if a guest can safely and securely hold a koala unassisted. Some guests may require assistance based on the following criteria :
1) Height - children must be over 140cm and 12 years old to hold a koala
2) Size age, weight and temperament of the koala - each koala we use will vary in size and a child may be able to hold even filling this criteria, it will be assessed on a case by case scenario always putting koala welfare first.
3) Confidence of the child - handlers need to be able to see that the child is confident and willing to hold the koala without being pushed and is not being forced by a parent or friend to do so.
4) Behavioural traits and history of the koala – certain koalas do not have the personality, experience and confidence around children and are not suitable for children holding or attempting to hold. These animals may or may not have a history of being fidgety, reaching up, gripping too tightly or just generally not being a suitable choice for small children’s photographs.
It is at the Koala keeper’s discretion as to whether the child and koala are suitable for meeting the holding criteria, ensuring that our koalas and your child's welfare is looked after and that they are placed in a safe situation for both our guest and the animal.
● When a Koala Handler determines a guest will require assistance with holding a koala one of two options will be offered:
1) A Tree photo. Meet and greet your koala. Koala will safely sit in fork of tree prop and guest can stand next to koala and stroke its back for a professional photo.
2) Professional family/group photo. Meet and greet your koala. A suitable member of the family/group can hold the koala whilst other guest/s can stand next to koala stroke its back for a professional photo.
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Entry Ticket with Koala Photo
Escape and explore this iconic Gold Coast wildlife sanctuary. Immerse yourself into the wonder and natural beauty of 27 hectares of Currumbin rainforest, wandering through open animal enclosures, feeding kangaroos and cuddling koalas along the way. Experience the wild lorikeet feeding, free-flight bird shows and Aboriginal performances. With planned outdoor themed playgrounds such as Wild Island, there is plenty of entertainment for kids to enjoy as they tour the sanctuary on a miniature train. Retreat and become lost in this serene park, and leave with a deep understanding of local heritage, native wildlife and conservation.
Queensland is lucky enough to be one of two states in Australia which offers koala holds! This makes it one of the most iconic (and super cute) animal experiences in the world. Souvenir your visit to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary in the form of a professional photo of you meeting a koala. Our photographers and Koala Keepers will ensure that this moment will be memorable. If you have more than one family member wanting to hold a koala, take advantage of the Family Koala Pack. Koala Photos Studio is open from 8am to 4pm meaning you can hold a koala ANY TIME of the day! There is no other place in Australia where you will encounter a koala like you can at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.
- Kangaroos and Wallabies
- Tassie Devil
- Reptiles and Amphibians
- Red Panda
- Cotton-top Tamarin
- Ring-tailed Lemur
- Tree Kangaroo
Talks and Shows*
*Reference Only. Subject to change without notice
|08:00, 16:00||Lorikeet Feeding||
Every day at 8am and 4pm, you can enjoy the experience of feeding several wild lorikeets. These colourful birds are not shy of humans and like to eat right from your hands or take a rest on your head and shoulders. These are the birds which founded the sanctuary 70 years ago and generations later they still know the exact time and place to come feed. With no entry to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary required, this amazing experience is free to watch and a gold coin donation for feeding.
|09:30||Pelican and Eel Show||
An underrated show, the Pelican and Eel feeding offers something unique. Completely wild, the pelicans and giant eels have learnt what time feeding is to come along the banks of Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Enjoy an informative session from the feeders whilst a large group of slimy eels and big beaked birds await a meal.
|From 10:00||Blinky Bill's Studio Adventure||
Blinky Bill's Studio Adventure brings the excitement of television to life. Mums and Dads, and kids of all ages will become part of the action as Blinky Bill, the star of the show, and our trusted Wildlife Host, rehearse and film scenes from their next television episode.
Blinky Bill's Studio Adventure show is a fun, interactive, fast paced musical show, that will have the audience singing and dancing, and send imaginations soaring.
Blinky Bill's Studio Adventure – where adventure comes to life!
|10:45||Big Fang Theory||
This show introduces the audience to an array of venomous snakes and reptiles, where you can see some of Australia's deadliest reptiles up close.
There's also an opportunity to get a photo with the friendlier ones if you dare!
Get the true blue Australian outback experience as our "Gun Shearer" shares a yarn and a few laughs while shearing a Marino woolly sheep.
This show is very popular with our international visitors and is a must see for the whole family. After the show, take the opportunity to meet our Gun Shearer and his working dog.
Stick around after the 2pm show and you can even have your photo taken holding a snake!
|11:20, 14:30||Wildshkies - Free Flight Bird Show||
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary's brand new free flight bird show - WildSkies will open on New Year's Day in a purpose-built stadium. WildSkies introduces audiences to the majestic world of flight - taking a journey through the past, present and into the future.
Meet some of Australia’s most beautiful species of birds including the largest bird of prey in Australia -the Wedge-tailed eagle, the Australian Pelican, along with colourful parrots and birds of prey.
Marvel at the beauty of these birds as they free-fly across the audience in a wonderful display set against the Sanctuary’s natural environment. Make sure you hang around at the end of the show to have your photo taken with a bird of prey!
At almost five metres in length, Boss Hog is Currumbin's biggest salt water crocodile resident.
Come and learn about him and his girlfriend Lilly, along with our fresh water crocodiles.
After the show, take the opportunity to have your photo taken holding a baby saltwater crocodile or Alligator.
|15:30||Aboriginal Dance Show||
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary & Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre are proud to present the Yugambeh Aboriginal Dancers.
To celebrate the rich local Aboriginal culture embedded in this Gold Coast region, we invite you to experience a taste of our Yugambeh language, dance and stories.
Free Flight Bird Show - Meet some of Australia's most beautiful species of birds including the largest bird of prey in Australia -the Wedge-tailed eagle, the Australian Pelican, along with colourful parrots and birds of prey.
Aboriginal Dance Show - you are invited to experience the rich local Aboriginal culture including a taste of our Yugambeh language, dance and stories.
Lorikeet Feeding - enjoy the experience of feeding several wild lorikeets. These colourful birds are not shy of humans and like to eat right from your hands or take a rest on your head and shoulders
Australiana - This show is very popular with our international visitors and is a must see for the whole family.
Pelican and Eel Show - Enjoy an informative session from the feeders whilst a large group of slimy eels and big beaked birds await a meal
Crocs Live - At almost five metres in length, Boss Hog is Currumbin’s biggest salt water crocodile resident. Come and learn about him and his girlfriend Lilly, along with our fresh water crocodiles.
Queensland is lucky enough to be one of two states in Australia which offers koala holds! This makes it one of the most iconic (and super cute) animal experiences in the world. * Child koala holding criteria apply
Souvenir your visit to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary in the form of a professional photo of you meeting a koala. Our photographers and Koala Keepers will ensure that this moment will be memorable
Bilbies are shy creatures native to Australias desert regions. They are nocturnal animals and are endangered in Queensland and vulnerable nationally
Australia’s heaviest bird, the cassowary stands between 1.5-2 metres in height and can weigh up to 60kg. The casque on their head is used to for communication between one another and enables them to transmit very low sound frequencies.
Their short, strong limbs and large claws make them excellent diggers. Echidnas use this skill to find termites, ants and other soil creatures to eat. The electric pulses in their sensitive beak allow them to locate them. Because they have no teeth, they use their long sticky tongue to collect food.
Kangaroos and wallabies both belong to the same family. Kangaroos are larger and tend to graze in open spaces, Wallabies are smaller and can be found in denser areas feeding on a range of different things such as native grasses and plants.
They might sound scary, but Tasmanian Devils are actually shy creatures . Tassie Devils used to roam the mainland, however can now only be found in the wilds on of Tasmania. 90% of the Tasmanian Devil population has been wiped out by the Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD)
The Wedge-Tailed Eagle is the largest bird of prey in Australia. It has long, fairly broad wings, fully feathered legs, and an unmistakable wedge-shaped tail.
Although many mistakenly call them ‘koala bears’, koalas are actually marsupials – meaning they carry their young in their pouch. These arboreal creatures eat about 500g-1kg of Eucalyptus leaves per day. Their low energy diet of eucalyptus leaves means they have very little energy, so they will often spend up to 20 hours a day sleeping.
The Ring-tailed Lemur is highly social, living in 'troops' led by a dominant female. They use their long, vividly striped, black-and-white tails like a flag so members of the troop can keep a track of where everyone is when travelling along the ground.
The Red Panda lives high in the treetops of the Himalayas. They enjoy their alone time as they are shy and solitary by nature. Over the past 50 years, the Red Panda population has decreased by 40% with a current estimated rate of decline of 10% per year due to deforestation and poaching.
Explore Lost Valley and watch as free-flying birds from China, Indonesia, Brazil and even the Maldives nest high in the trees.
Lost Valley is home to incredible exotic species including some amazing reptiles! Try to make eye contact with the Veiled Chameleon - each eye can move and focus independently.
Cotton-top Tamarin Monkeys are very social and live in troops of up to 13. Only the dominant male and female will reproduce, however, the whole family will help to carry and take care of the young.
The Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat is one of three wombat species found in different regions of Australia. Their shiny fur and hairy snouts differ them from a the bare-nosed or Common Wombat who has thicker dense fur. Although they may not look fast paced, the Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat’s can reach a speeds of 40km an hour!
If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 0 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee. If no show, no refund.