It’s no secret that Australia has more than its fair share of weird and wacky native animals – kangaroos, koalas, dingos, emus, echidnas, wombats, even those affectionately roguish Tassie devils. And there’s nothing quite like seeing such creatures up close and in person; here, at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, you can do exactly that. Feed lazing kangaroos, hold baby crocodiles, have a photo taken with a koala, cradle a possum; kids can even crawl through “wombat burrows” in the Wild Island Adventure playground. The park was originally founded in 1947 by local beekeeper and flower grower Alex Griffiths, who began feeding the area’s wild lorikeets to stop them eating his own blooms. The lorikeets are still here by the dozen and remain one of the landmark attractions – arrive early to see them feed.
Currumbin is quiet, low-key suburb, about 20 kilometres south of Surfers Paradise.
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
28 Tomewin Street, Currumbin | +61 7 5534 1266