Another day of snakes, birds, kangaroos, dingoes and all sorts of creepy crawlies

A top attraction on the Goldcoast is Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. A fascinating collection of Australian wildlife. With hundreds of animals and birds, the Sanctuary is home to one of the largest  collections of Australian native wildlife in the world. Established over 60  years ago, the Sanctuary has attracted millions of visitors throughout its  history and continues to provide opportunities to see and interact with Australia’s  amazing wildlife.

We always take visitors here as Australia has such an unusual collection of native animals. It is a full days outing. It all started when the Sanctuary was established in 1947 by beekeeper and  flower grower Alex Griffiths, who began feeding the region’s wild lorikeets to  prevent them from ravaging his prized blooms. The feeding of the colourful  lorikeets soon developed from a local curiosity to a popular tourist  attraction.. The lorikeets still come for their morning feed and if you arrive at 8am when the park opens you can help feed these colourful, cheeky birds.

Entrance to this part of the sanctuary is FREE. You can watch, or for a small donation you are given a plate filled with a syrupy mixture and the birds land all over you.

The lorikeets land every where. Can you see them on peoples heads?

The lorikeets land every where. Can you see them on peoples heads?

But mostly they land on the plate of nectare

But mostly they land on the plate of nectar

The lorikeet feeding is just the start and I consider this attraction well worth visiting.

  •  Buy your ticket on line and you only pay $33, the normal adult price is $49, a saving of $16. Go here to check out the prices, times and daily activities.
  • Check the activity times and build your day around them.
  • A small train circles the park and is a good way to save energy.
  • The food is very expensive and very basic. If you can, take snacks with you.
  • Do not miss the free-flight display, I think it is amazing.

We had a great day and the weather was perfect. Here is a gallery of some of the animals and birds we saw…

After a full day of wandering around the sanctuary and being absorbed in the native wild life of Australia what better way to end the day than go down to the beach and with a bottle of wine and cheese and crackers watch the sun set.

Perfect way to end the day

Perfect way to end the day

As we watched a fisherman wandered over the rocks to cast his line into the surf. Within minutes he had a bite and after a struggle he pulled up a good-sized trevally.

Our entertainment, watching the fishing

Our entertainment, watching the fishing

 

Great catch, trevally caught from the rocks

Great catch, trevally caught from the rocks

 

The sun sets slowly in the west

The sun sets slowly in the west

 

The lights slowly come on in the hi-rise apartments

The lights slowly come on in the hi-rise apartments

 

 

 

 

 

 

Categories: Australia, Burleigh, Burleigh Beach, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Goldcoast, lorrikeets, photos, Queensland, travel | Tags: , , , , | 18 Comments

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18 thoughts on “Another day of snakes, birds, kangaroos, dingoes and all sorts of creepy crawlies

  1. poppytump

    I never got to cuddle a Koala when we visited Oz 😦
    Must mean I’ll have to go back 🙂
    Super post PP .

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  2. I want to feed those birds!

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  3. Suesilver

    What a great catch and what a lovely time you all have downunder! Beautiful sunset and I second dianne’s comment. Your posts are so wonderful to follow!

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    • Thank you Sue that fisherman was very lucky I have never seen a fish that big caught from the beach, but of course I am not there all the time… 🙂

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  4. That’s a great trevally he caught off the rocks! (ahhhh, fishing is my favourite pastime)

    Looks like you had a fantastic day. Thanks for taking me along for the ride in pictures! 😀

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  5. Looks like you had another perfect day! Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Thanks for sharing not one, but **two** days in your ever-adventurous life! Hugs to you & Jack ~
    D’ellis

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  7. What a wonderful place to spend the day. Love those cute koalas. 🙂

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  8. beautiful photos! )

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