David Fleay Wildlife Park Gold Coast

4.5stars, rated out of 5

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  • 5stars, rated out of 5 Supa Brudda
    a week ago

    Hidden gem. Take a relaxing stroll around the shaddy park. Even in school holidays it felt like we had the place to ourselves. The talks are plentiful and informative..The staff are happy to answer your children's most inane questions. Bring a picnic, relax and enjoy!

  • 5stars, rated out of 5 Nick Hills
    4 weeks ago

    Very nice zoo, great value ($60 for family of 4), ideal for family's with small kids as it's not huge but big enough to get around in a few hours + shows. Nocturnal enclosure a real highlight. Definitely worth a visit.

  • 5stars, rated out of 5 Peter H Bloecker
    4 months ago

    Always good and book online before you go there, huge car park & enough space for your motor home or caravan. Walk beyond the Wildlife Park along the creek, an iconic Gold Coast walk, even through to Burleigh Heads. There will be a new cafe soon.

  • 4stars, rated out of 5 Lucia Mac
    2 months ago

    The show about the David Fleay and the woldlife park that we saw when we arrived was incredible. Seeing the birds in their natural environment was fabulous. I loved seeing the water python up so close.

  • 1stars, rated out of 5 Hayley Pawson
    2 weeks ago

    Really disappointed ☹️ We weren’t expecting too much, but have to say our visit was dismal. There was only 1 koala & 1 dingo, of which was pacing and circling in one spot the entire day. There were only 2 emus that were also pacing up and down one spot on a temporary fence. We arrived to watch the water birds presentation 5 minutes early, only to be told it had already started and finished 3 minutes earlier than the time scheduled. The lady on reception when we arrived was not welcoming at all & couldn’t bother to smile. The only highlight was the nocturnal house. Would not recommend visiting and won’t be back.

  • More info and reviews

Park open 9am to 4pm, seven days a week

Our wildlife and Park Rangers look forward to welcoming you to the park. As part of our COVID-safe plan, we have implemented some changes—please ensure you review all information before you visit.

Virtual tour—MyRanger app

Discover the beauty and diversity of David Fleay Wildlife Park through the virtual ranger guided tours. Get up close and personal with some of the park’s unique animals through the Augmented Reality experiences. It’s like having a personal ranger in the palm of your hand.

Be inspired: 5 things you didn’t know you could do at David Fleay Wildlife Park

Tucked away in the heart of Burleigh Heads is David Fleay Wildlife Park—a park unlike any other. Cute and quirky critters—tick! Wildlife shows—tick! But what makes Fleay’s different? Here are our top 5 things you didn’t know you could do at Fleay’s. Photo credit: Steve Browne © Queensland Government

Be inspired: 8 family-friendly walks around the Gold Coast

Calling nature enthusiasts of all ages! If you’re looking for nature therapy the whole family can enjoy, there’s no better place than Queensland’s biggest playground—Queensland National Parks! Photo credit: Anna Osetroff © Queensland Government

Join the Park Rangers at David Fleay Wildlife Park to learn more about Queensland’s unique wildlife! Photo credit: Maxime Coquard © Queensland Government

Spotlight on Wally

Wally the platypus

Wally the platypus

Photo credit: Wade Gilbert, Queensland Government

Wally the platpus being weighed in a basket on a scale.

Wally being weighed during his weekly check-up at David Fleay Wildlife Park.

Photo credit: Jacqui Seal, Queensland Government

Photo credit: Nikki Sparks, Queensland Government

The David Fleay Wildlife Park is now home to a young male platypus called Wally. In January 2014, a member of the public found Wally injured and underweight—now in his new home he is growing stronger everyday.

Wally's story

Wally was found injured and underweight by a member of the public near Mount Warning in northern New South Wales back in January. Weighing in at less than 200 grams, he needed some intensive care from our rangers in the form of four-hourly feeds of crayfish, insects and worms. Now he weighs over 700 grams, but he will never grow strong enough to be released back into the wild. Wally’s new home is the park’s nocturnal house.

The legacy of Dr David Fleay is being carried on because Wally is part of the wide range of educational programs offered by David Fleay Wildlife Park that encourages community awareness and appreciation of our native wildlife.

He looks cuddly now but rangers caring for Wally won’t be getting too many cuddles in the future. Wally is a male platypus, which means as gets older the venomous spurs on his hind legs will develop as he matures. While the venom hasn’t caused any known human fatalities, people who have been spurred reported prolonged periods of extreme pain. That is why Wally is being handled less and why it is a good reason never to pick up a platypus in the wild!

Wally won’t be spending all of his time in the nocturnal display tank. Once he has eaten his fill, he is free to venture out of the water and behind the display tank into a specially designed burrow system with grass-lined nesting chambers to rest. So, if at first you can’t spot him, make sure you come back a little later to see if he is up and about.

Learn more about platypus.