Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is a heritage listed zoo on the Gold Coast. It was built in 1947 and even added to the Queensland Heritage Register. So it is a pretty amazing place and part of QLD's history!
As you enter the Wildlife Sanctuary, you are greeted by some old childhood favourites from the 90s, which are sure to bring back some great childhood memories for most.
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The first walk through area is Blinky's home tree, which houses some reptiles, fish and gliders. Blinky's house is done to seem like he actually lives there, with a bed and kitchen set up. And you will be able to spot Blinky's friends around this area.
Also in Blinky's home tree is a LARGE slide, which is sure to get the kids excited. It may be a little scary for the younger kids though.
After Blinky's, you can either hop onto a miniature train or walk through to the Koala area, where you can get photo's taken with a Koala for $25 per person.
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Currumbin has a large play ground area, with amazing stone tunnels for the kids to play in. This play area is more suited to older children, with larger climbing areas and a flying fox. But with lots to see the younger ones will still be amused.
There is also a dinosaur dig sand pit, which is located right across from the cafe and lollie shop, It is great for kids of all ages. Also be sure to look up and see how many tree frogs you can spot!
Next stop was the Kangaroos, which we were able to stop and feed/pet. There were many families of roo's, so there was no waiting time to feed them. They were also very friendly, perfect for a pat for little children who may be more afraid.
Finally The Lost Valley. Housing unique species including Lemurs, Cotton-top tamarins, Red pandas, and Capybaras, along with free-flying birds, exotic reptiles and so much more. The Lemurs are so friendly they will walk right up to you. And they seem to love the camera.
There are also an abundance of dinosaurs statues hidden through out the lost world, so keep your eyes peeled.
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is amazing value for money, even without doing the encounters and just opting to do the free activities it is well worth the trip. With free shows, play areas and the ability to get up close and personal with the animals you wont feel like you are missing out on anything.
The only down side is parking, due to the Sanctuary being located so close to a beach and the parking for the Sanctuary filling up fast, we had to find a park on the street. I would suggest getting there early to avoid this.
But definitely a must do, great value for money and exciting for kids and adults alike.
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