Posts Tagged With: Burleigh Beach

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

Stop Press : Burleigh Beach is Australias 4th best beach

Burleigh Beach looking south

Burleigh Beach looking south

Millions of travellers from around the world have voted on “Trip Advisor” travel website for their favourite beaches in Australia and Burleigh beach came in 4th with neighbouring beach down the road at Coolangatta 6th. (click on the tripadviser link to see all the fabulous beaches chosen around Australia. It will give you northern friends some thing to dream about…)

Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer said the beaches chosen had received “the highest level of praise” from travellers.

I feel so lucky to live in such a wonderful part of the world.

 

 

 

Categories: Australia, Burleigh Beach, Goldcoast, photos | Tags: , , , , | 14 Comments

Queensland floods

This tree could not survive the winds

This tree could not survive the winds

Queensland is once more being inundated with a massive storm system. It is slow-moving and dumping enormous amounts of rain and lashing gale-force winds of over 100kph. Over 6 days it has moved south from Cairns in the north. Yesterday it reached Brisbane, our beautiful capital city, after the huge storms of 2011 many people had only just put their lives back together again. My heart aches for these poor families.

Late yesterday We went down to our beach to see what the storms were doing. Jack took this photo of one of a big old tree blown over. So sad to see. The visibility was almost nil and the waves were roaring and wild

Pandanus

Pandanus

Jack took some photos but we did not stay long it was scary watching the awesome power of nature.

This morning we are watching the TV showing all the flooding. So far Bundaberg is the worst affected, with the flood levels above the previous  recorded in 1897.

Thousands are without power and so far we still have our connection to the world so I am sending out these photos while I can.

Lisa of Zeebra Designs and Destinations  re-blogged this post and also found this link for photos of the flood and kindly put it in the comments, so I have put it in the post as well. Click here to see them. Thank you Lisa…

Categories: Australia, floods, Goldcoast, Queensland, travel | Tags: , , , , | 46 Comments

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