INSIDE: Take a peek inside Currumbin Bird Sanctuary.
It’s NOT just birds.
While Currumbin Bird Sanctuary might be best known for it’s twice-daily Rainbow Lorikeet feeding sessions, there’s so much more to do.
Anyone who is visiting the Gold Coast with kids, should put Currumbin Sanctuary on the itinerary.
It’s the best value, nature experience on the Gold Coast where you can meet all kinds of native Australian wildlife close up.
We are National Trust Members, and have an annual pass so we might just see you there!
- 1 17 Things to Do at Currumbin Bird Sanctuary
- 2 No. 1 – Check out the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Animals
- 3 No.2 – Take a Peek at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Bird Feeding
- 4 No. 3 – Visit the Lost Valley at Currumbin Sanctuary
- 5 No. 4 – Ride the Steam Train Locomotive
- 6 No. 5 – Visit the Animal Hospital at Currumbin Sanctuary
- 7 No. 6 – Dance with Blinky Bill at his Interactive Show
- 8 No. 7 – Laugh with the Lemurs
- 9 No. 8 – Immerse yourselves in Aboriginal Culture, Song, Dance and Storytelling
- 10 No. 9 – Grab a Snack at Cafe Sanctuary.
- 11 No. 10 – Wild Island Adventure Playground at Currumbin Sanctuary
- 12 No. 11 – Shop!
- 13 No. 12 – Ride the See-Through Slide!
- 14 No. 13 – Catch More Shows
- 15 No. 14 – Try one of these Experiences
- 16 No. 15 – Sanctuary Markets every Friday
- 17 No. 16 – Scare yourselves silly at the fun kid-friendly FestEVIL at the FANGtuary!
- 18 No. 17 – Christmas Fun Event at Currumbin Sanctuary
- 19 More Photos of the NEW Lost Valley at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
- 20 The Inside Scoop – Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Currumbin
- 21 Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Map
- 22 Toadstool Rating – Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Review
- 23 Looking for MORE SUPER DOOPER FUN things to do on the Gold Coast with kids?
17 Things to Do at Currumbin Bird Sanctuary
Arrive at 9am and plan to spend the whole day. It’s shady and cool here, (unlike many of the other theme parks on the Gold Coast) and there’s lots of places to sit and rest for a while. Download the map to plan your day with our Top 17 things to do at Currumbin Sanctuary below.
No. 1 – Check out the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Animals
- Kangaroos and Wallabies
- Dingo and Tassie Devil
- Turtles and frogs
- Snakes, Goannas, Lizards and Australia reptiles – all behind glass!
- Eagles, Kookaburras, Galahs and more. See them soar above your heads at the new Bird Flight Show!
Get up close with ‘Boss Hogg’, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary’s resident male saltwater crocodile – reaching almost 5 metres in length and weighing about 800 kilograms! Don’t miss the Crocodile show. Our tip: go early. You might be the lucky one who is picked to feed him!
No.2 – Take a Peek at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Bird Feeding
This is the thing I remember most from childhood! Share it with your kids too.
Feeding times every day at 8am and 4pm. These feeding sessions have been happening for more than 70 years, like clockwork.
Hold a plate of sweet syrup-covered bread and the birds will come to you. They may even land on your shoulders, eat out of your hand, or sit on your HEAD!
With no entry to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary required, this amazing experience is free to watch. Pay a gold coin donation for feeding.
No. 3 – Visit the Lost Valley at Currumbin Sanctuary
Discover a lost world at Currumbin Sanctuary. Opened on Boxing Day in 2017, this wetlands exhibit features animals including:
- cassowary birds
- cotton top tamarins (cute!)
- red pandas
- birds of the Lost Valley
- reptiles of the Lost Valley
- tree kangaroos
The highlight is checking out the cheeky antics of the pair of funny Lemurs. Follow them as they play their way around the park with their keeper close by.
No. 4 – Ride the Steam Train Locomotive
Built in 1964, and taking families on a fun trip around the Sanctuary ever since. Stay on board and you’ll eventually travel THROUGH the Kangaroo Enclosure! Read the history of the Currumbin Sanctuary train ride here.
No. 5 – Visit the Animal Hospital at Currumbin Sanctuary
A visit to the Sanctuary is not complete without a visit to the hospital where you can witness the amazing team operate on sick and injured animals.
There’s some hands-on activities for kids including a chance to play Vet with dress ups, and stuffed toy animals to attend to!
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.
Plus, you can meet Blinky Bill after the show and have your photo taken (if you are brave enough. This is as close as Jack wanted to get!)
No. 7 – Laugh with the Lemurs
Found only on the African island of Madagascar and some tiny neighbouring islands, these cute creatures have a big personality. Say hi to them in the Lost Valley!
No. 8 – Immerse yourselves in Aboriginal Culture, Song, Dance and Storytelling
Celebrate local Gold Coast Aboriginal culture. Watch the Yugambeh Aboriginal Dancers tell their stories through dance and music. Show daily at 3.30pm. Brought to you by Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary & Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre.
For more information on the Jellurgal troop download PDF Brochure.
No. 9 – Grab a Snack at Cafe Sanctuary.
The Sanctuary Cafe is situated at the entrance to the Sanctuary. Pick up a coffee for you, and a commemorative Koala-shaped cup filled with lemonade for the kids. Grab Morning tea, lunch or afternoon tea and eat in style by the Lorikeet feeding zone, with a few pesky ibis on hand to eat your scraps too!
No. 10 – Wild Island Adventure Playground at Currumbin Sanctuary
My kids LOVE this playground. There’s hide-and-seek tunnels, a giant fort to climb with rope bridge ladders and a huge silver slide, a massive scramble net, and a flying fox.
Plus there’s a dinosaur digging ground with buckets, spades and more for kids to use.
Just across the train track, to the left of Wild Burgers food store, there’s another fenced playground for toddlers and preschool kids too.
No. 11 – Shop!
The Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary souvenir shop on the way out has TONNES of fun Aussie souvenirs. Look out for the CWS t-shirts on sale, or pick up a new soft toy to add to your collection.
Nature’s Gift Store is both the main gift shop and the location of the Photography Counter where you can view and collect your photos of your day. Nature’s Gift Store is open to visitors to the Sanctuary and the general public from 8am daily.
No. 12 – Ride the See-Through Slide!
Be prepared to hang around Blinky Bill’s Home Tree and Slide for a while as the kids race down, and climb back up again. Over and over and over.
This is the spot to find all the Australian reptiles, snakes, lizards and nocturnal animals too.
No. 13 – Catch More Shows
Find a seat in the audience at the Big Fang Theory show, the Pelican and Eel Show, and the Australiana Show where you can watch and listen as the “Gun Shearer” shares a yarn and a few laughs while shearing a Marino woolly sheep. Meet his working dog, and step up for a turn to hold a snake after the show too!
No. 14 – Try one of these Experiences
- Segway rides
- Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Treetop Challenge – the most fun you can have above the Crocodile pit!
- Echidna encounter
- Dingo Walk
- Behind the Scenes
- Koala experience
Click here for details and to buy tickets (not included in entry fee)
No. 15 – Sanctuary Markets every Friday
Open from 4pm to 9pm, bring the whole family to enjoy a scrumptious feast of street food eats, including dumplings, gyros, burgers, curries, paella, tacos and crepes. Bring cash.
Hot tip: Go early. It’s popular with locals and gets packed. The food here is GOOD!
No. 16 – Scare yourselves silly at the fun kid-friendly FestEVIL at the FANGtuary!
Looking for some ghoulishly good fun to have with the family on the Gold Coast on Halloween? Deck yourself out in your most spine-tingling costume and swoop on into Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary to celebrate FestEvil at the Fangtuary from 6-9 pm.
There’s fang-tastic activities for kids (and the kids at heart). Hop aboard the ghost train for an eerie, edge-of-your-seat ride through the Sanctuary at night. Keep your eyes peeled for any ghosts of course, and see if you can, sneak a peek at what our resident animals get up to after dark.
There’s tricks and treats for the kids to enjoy, plus a whole lot of activities on offer like special Halloween-inspired shows, a SpecDracula Blinky Dance Party, and a kids disco with Sunny Skye.
No. 17 – Christmas Fun Event at Currumbin Sanctuary
During the festive season, bring the family and enjoy dinner at the Sanctuary markets from 4pm, before you jingle all the way intothe Sanctuary and board the Santa Express. Have your photo taken with our Australian wildlife, watch Blinky Bill’s Christmas Party Show and say hello to Santa!. Festive fun for the kids, and in-park entertainment for the whole family.
Entry to the Sanctuary $15 per person, $10 per National Trust Member. Kids under 4 free (must be ticketed).
Friday 8th December, 2018. Buy tickets here.
More Photos of the NEW Lost Valley at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
The Inside Scoop – Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Currumbin
Correct at time of publication. Please check with venue for updates. We apologise in advance if there have been any changes we are unaware of. All prices in AUD dollars.
Address: 28 Tomewin St, Currumbin QLD 4223.
Telephone: (07) 5534 1266
Website: Click here
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Opening Hours: Daily, 8am to 5pm. Closed Christmas Day and Anzac Day.
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Prices 2018:
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Tickets: Buy tickets here.
- Adults $49.95
- Children 4-14 $39.95
- Concession $39.95
- Family – 2A + 2C $149.95
- Family – 2A + 3C $172.00
- Online specials available from time to time. Check prices and availability here.
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Annual Pass:
- Become a National Trust member today, and enjoy free entry to CWS all year round, along with entry to all National Trust properties around Australia, discounts on food and merchandise, AND the awesome National Trust magazine.
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Discount Tickets:
Keep an eye out for Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary deals as locals hardly ever pay full price. You don’t have to either.
How to get there: Click here for details
Parking: Paid car parking across the road. Free for Annual Pass holders. See link above for details.
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Map
Nearest takeaway coffee and/or food options: On site. For all the dining options, click here.
Toilets: Yes, throughout park. Baby change facilities available.
Disability access: Yes
Closest ATM: In Sanctuary Cafe
Picnic tables: Yes
Water Bubblers/fountains: Yes
Scooters and Bikes: No
Currumbin Sanctuary Currumbin was last reviewed in November 2018.
Toadstool Rating – Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Review
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