Photo: Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Gold Coast Queensland
South East Queensland has a great diversity of Australian Flora and Fauna. The Gold Coast has a number of attractions that feature some of the cutest and some of the most fearsome animals to be found on the planet.
Get up close at these Gold Coast Attractions:
Feeding feathered and furry friends is something everyone can enjoy at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Start the day with Breakfast with the Birds, a Gold Coast memorable way to start the day. Breakfast is served from 8.00 am each day, guests can enjoy a full, hot breakfast while overlooking the famous wild lorikeet feeding which put Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary on the map.
For almost 60 years, the colourful and noisy Rainbow Lorikeets have flown into the Sanctuary, where guests have the opportunity to hand feed them every morning and afternoon. Phone: (07) 5534 1266.
Birdwatchers’ paradise - O’Reilly’s Rainforest Guesthouse - Gold Coast Hinterland Located in the Gold Coast Hinterland, O’Reilly’s Rainforest Guesthouse is world famous for their sanctuary of tropical birds. Each November O’Reilly’s hosts a Bird Week, which attracts birdwatchers from all around the world. They also host regular morning bird walks where guests can meet the hundreds of birds that visit each morning to feed at the guesthouse. Phone: (07) 5502 4911
Oceanic learning for the kids. The Rock Pool Adventure is designed to provide an interactive and educational program for children at Sea World’s Shark Bay Inter-tidal Pool, which replicates a natural tropical environment. Children are given an educational talk and are able to walk in the shallow water tidal pool amongst inhabitants including clown fish, anemones, rays and sea stars. The program duration is approximately 20 minutes, designed for children aged up to nine years and a minimum height of 110cm (44 inches).
Other attractions at Sea World include the seal and dolphin presentations. They keep both children and adults on the edge of their seats - these beautiful marine creatures go through a series of complicated and entertaining jumps, flips and rolls. They also have a water park and a series of exciting rides such as the Corkscrew Roller Coaster and Bermuda Triangle. Phone: (07) 5588 2205.
The cool, dark environment of Natural Arch Cave at Lamington National Park on the Gold Coast is home to millions of glow worms. These tiny creatures, invisible to the eye during daylight, create a spectacular display at night. Visitors can go on a short walk with an experienced guide through the rainforests of Springbrook Plateau before heading into the Natural Arch. Phone: (07) 5533 3584.
Flora and fauna aplenty - Binna Burra Lodge - Lamington National Park Situated in Lamington National Park, the Binna Burra lodge is a prime location for birdwatchers. With over 160km of walking tracks amongst the diverse flora and fauna, there are bushwalking circuits to suit people of all ages and interests. Beautiful birds like the tiny white browed scrub wren, the bee-eater, king parrot, kookabuura, rainbow lorikeet, crimson rosella, and many more will surprise and delight! Phone: (07) 5533 3622.
Touch the tigers - Visitors to Dreamworld are able to take an early morning stroll with a fully grown tiger. As visitors wander through the theme park, they can pat the tigers, chat with the tiger handlers and learn more about the cats with several stops for photo opportunities. There are eight super thrill rides for those with little or no fear. Phone: (07) 5588 1111.
Places to Visit on the Gold Coast
Paradise Country takes visitors on a whirlwind Outback Australian experience at their Gold Coast location. They’ll have billy tea and damper around a camp fire, milk a cow, watch sheep dog mustering and a stock horse round-up, see whip cracking and boomerang throwing demonstrations, sheep shearing, a kangaroo and emu sanctuary and of course, an Australian visit would not be complete without a cuddle from a koala. Phone: (07) 5573 8270.
If you want to experience life on the land, you can do just that, at one of the many farmstays across this beautiful state. Help with muster cattle on horseback, learn to ride a motorbike and help feed the baby animals. At night sit back and soak up the serenity, taking full advantage of the laid-back lifestyle
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