Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary was only 10 minutes bus drive from our hotel, so we planned to make that day a relaxed one and we felt that we didn’t need to hurry everything that day. After we spent almost 2 hours on the beach, we made our own breakfast (basically anything that we wanted as long as the ingredients were available of course), and this was mine that morning:
We took bus number 700 and stopped at the third stop. By the way, this was the quiet Police Station that I already mentioned before in my previous post. It was located just opposite our hotel.
We bought the tickets from the hotel reception, and yes it was cheaper than the front gate price. I was surprised when the bus stopped in the middle of the housing estate. Yes, there were big houses around this park and Currumbin Beach was also withing walking distance from this park.
We saw no queue at the park’s entrance and we assumed that this place would not be as crowded as theme parks. Currumbin was quite a big place and we did feel tired after walking from one end to the other. Basically, you will expect to see many Australian animals here such as koalas, kangaroos, emus, tasmanian devil, etc. I can say that it was more like a zoo or bird park.
It was very hot inside and we sweat a lot. Remember to apply mosquito repellent as there were mosquito or bugs among the trees and bushes. Most of this place was consisted of big and small tress and also bushes, so we felt like we were in the forest instead of man made zoo.
The staff here were very friendly and helpful, including some volunteers who work to help that day. It was amazing to see many people volunteered in this place. I mean, they couldn’t do that if they didn’t have big passion to take care of the animals or the environment.
The first thing we wanted to do was to watch Dr. Doolittle show (ya know, someone who can talk with the animals………….), so we had to walk very far from the entrance door. And look what we found just in front of the empty stage:
The show was very funny, entertaining, and gave good information about the animals to the children. The boy was one of the participant as he volunteered to come to the stage and helped Dr. Doolittle himself.
And of course, there was a present for little helper:
Well, before he could fill the empty cup with any drink he liked from the Wild Burger Cafe near the stage, there was a photo session with the star of the day:
And you know what, we purchased the official photo shoot taken by the park’s photographer at the end of our visit for AUD 15. It was the only photo that we ever bought during our visit to many parks everywhere.
And then, here was what he asked for his present as a little helper:
We didn’t stay long for the bird show because the boy said he’d watched bird show before for many times and he wanted to see the animals only now.
The nearest place from the bird show was the animal hospital, and we did see a surgery was performed by a doctor to a sick animal, and all the equipment was the same as in the real hospital.
We looked around the park and took pictures with some of the animals. We skipped kangaroo feeding because the boy said he had already done it twice.
From the kangaroo and koala places, we had to walk very far to go back to the Wild Burger Restaurant to have lunch, and again there was no other option besides the junk food such as this one:
Hidden in the Wild Island where not many people aware of this place, we found this huge playground with flying fox, spider web, play area, and even a place to search for dinosaur bones.
The boy was very curious to see the one animal that he hadn’t seen during his visit to Gold Coast, and we were walking here and there to look for that one special animal.
Last one before we finished our trip in Currumbin, we donated AUD “as you like” to get 1 plate that could be filled with milk to feed the bird:
When you visit Currumbin, don’t forget to redeem buy one get one free ice cream in Sanctuary Cafe using the coupon provided in the brochure. For AUD 5.95 we got 2 spoonful of ice cream in one cup plus another extra one cup. The portion was huge and it tasted very good too. Absolutely very cheap!
Since it was still very bright when we finally got back to the hotel, the boy and I decided to swim again, and he spent most of his time on the slides doing many kinds of new styles with his new friends. When we got back to the room, dinner from the Chinese restaurant was ready, and it was so good to finally be able to find good Chinese food.
After dinner, we couldn’t keep our eyes opened for too long so we went to bed very early, but I still had to wake up one time to put the clothes to the dryer after the washing machine had stopped, so all the clothes would be dry and ready when I got up in the morning. And that was the end of our sixth day trip in Gold Coast. Still one more day to go before we’re going finally going home.