Feed the Pelicans Gold Coast!
Seeing animals in their natural territory is breathtaking. Especially when there is not a single ‘tourist’ in sight. Beats a zoo or wildlife park any day.
(We do love zoo’s and wildlife parks too- visiting a whole bunch of animals in one go and close up can be pretty cool indeed.)
But if we’re a local and seeing them everyday on our wanders about town, we can easily forget how lucky we are.
Those sublime birds, the pelican, with their giant beaks and plump throats, and colossal wing span are one such creature in Tweed Heads, south of the Gold Coast.
People clamber over themselves to ‘feed’ the birds at a hot spot at Labrador on the northern end of the coast, not realising that just a short drive away, these birds live relatively quiet lives, fishing and saying hello to the fisherman and children who bring prawn scraps as a treat.
Just park opposite Scales Fish and Chip Shop along Kennedy Drive, Tweed Heads, and walk towards the playground. There’s picnic tables by the water, before the pedestrian bridge, and if you hover there long enough with some delicious nibbly bits in tow, the gang of birds will grace you with their presence in no time.
Like Jack, you can stand only a few metres away. They are not tame, and wild fast movements will see them slink away a bit, but stand still enough, and they’ll come right up to your hand. Magnificent.
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Of course, no park visit would be complete without a turn on the playground and while this one is nothing special, Ned did rate the ‘hanging seesaw’ as a FIVE** on the Roam the Gnome Toadstool chart.
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I can see why! The teeter-totter action with a friend on the other side is not for the faint of stomach. Cool stuff for boys who like to test their own limits of nausea.
Roam the Gnome’s Toadstool Kid Rating Guide
Ray Pascoe Park as Rated by Ned**
(**This rating is skewed by his love of the seesaw swing of course!)
Make an early dinner of it by grabbing some fish and chips from Scales Fish Shop. It’s a very very popular dinner option for locals. Then take a walk along the river banks. Such a pretty, quiet spot.
Know any other local spots to encounter animals in the wild?