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Gold Coast Zoo Guide – Where to find all the creatures (great and small)

Looking for critters on the coast? Check our Gold Coast Zoo Guide for all the best places to get up close and personal with nature.

Welcome to Families Magazine’s Gold Coast Zoo Guide!

We’ve collated information together for you so you can easily access the number of excellent choices for viewing animals in protected habitats in the Gold Coast region.

David Fleay Wildlife Park

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Located close to Tallebudgera Creek, David Fleay Wildlife Park is a great choice for families in the Gold Coast area who are looking for an animal experience.

The first entry in our Gold Coast Zoo Guide is great for families looking to engage with birds, crocodiles, kangaroos, koalas, snakes, lizards, gliders, butterflies and that perennial favourite – platypus!

Where to? Burleigh Heads

When? It’s open every day from 9-5

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Running since 1947, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is a must-see for animals lovers in South East Queensland. CWS specialises in looking after and preserving native Australian animals, as well as our heritage and culture. There are hundred of animals on display in gorgeous, natural settings that are in tune with their native habitats.

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Attendees can buy single tickets, family passes or TREETOP CHALLENGE passes which are an absolutely amazing idea for those who like to walk on the wild side!

Where? 28 Tomewin St, Currumbin

When? It’s open every day from 8-5

Paradise Country

Looking for an authentic farm stay with just a touch of wildlife? (We’re thinking of cuddly koalas in particular!) Paradise Country offers the best of the bush to lucky families who choose to experience this Gold Coast Zoo Guide top pick.

There is Aussie wildlife, a farm yard and, our favourite, a baby animal nursery. So cute!

Organise a farm stay! It’s one of our FAVOURITE things to do with kids – the benefits of a farm stay holiday for your little learner are HUGE!

Where? Production Drive, Oxenford

When? It’s open every day from 930-430.

Byron Bay Wildlife Sanctuary (formerly Macadamia Castle)

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Read more about Animal Adventures at Byron Bay Wildlife Sanctuary/Macadamia Castle here

Taking pride of place in the northern NSW suburb of Knockrow is Byron Bay Wildlife Sanctuary (formerly Macadamia Castle). For 40 years it’s been a popular tourist destination located between Byron Bay and Ballina.

Visiting the castle itself is free and it features a cafe, animal fun park, nut bar, fine food section and a retail store with local goodies. It’s also a place where you can take kids for a full day’s entertainment and education.

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There you have it, our top three destinations on the Gold Coast for families seeking adventure of the WILD variety! Take a walk on the wide side!



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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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