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Get Wild with the Kids at David Fleay Wildlife Park in Burleigh

David Fleay Wildlife Park is a fun, educational destination for Queensland families.

Where is David Fleay Wildlife Park?

David Fleay Wildlife Park

David Fleay Wildlife Park is at the corner of West Burleigh Road and Loman Lane in Burleigh Heads. The only venue of its kind on the Gold Coast, the park is home to not only a huge variety of Australian animals but also to important conservation research. The park is about 15 minutes’ drive from the Gold Coast airport.

The Park’s opening hours are 9am to 5pm every day but can change on public holidays. You can phone ahead to check on 07 5669 2051.

Adult admission is $21.50 and Children (4-17 years) get in for $19.75. As this is a volunteer run organisation all monies go towards conservation efforts and maintaining high-quality facilities for the animals.

What is David Fleay Wildlife Park like?

The philosophy behind this beautiful slice of Burleigh is the concept of ‘inspire naturally’. It’s not flashy and there are no playgrounds. Just a simple park filled with animals who are well-cared for in the hopes of preserving the natural beauty of our native flora and fauna.

There are a variety of presentations and walks at different times of day so visitors can see nocturnal creatures, birds, crocodile feedings, cassowaries and platypus. You’ll receive a guide on entry that lists these show times so our tip is to get there in the morning so you don’t miss anything.

You can tour a variety of different habitats, meet creatures on the threatened-species list and wander through wetland boardwalks where you can see crocodiles (but thankfully be out of reach!).

What animals will we see?

David Fleay Wildlife Park

For the organisers in the family, you’ll find…

• Birds
• Crocodiles
• Kangaroos
• Koalas
• Tree koalas
• Snakes
• Lizards
• Gliders
• Butterflies
• Platypus

Back to nature at David Fleay Wildlife Park, Burleigh Heads

The park has all the amenities you’d expect at a family-friendly destination – small canteen area, toilet and parenting facilities. It’s quite accessible but there are areas where prams and wheelchairs may struggle.

This park doesn’t have the razzle-dazzle of some of the more big-ticket animal destinations in Queensland but, you know what, that’s alright with us. This is a great family day out at Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast. You won’t regret the trip.

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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