David Fleay Wildlife Park Gold Coast

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  • 5 RebeccA BANKS Banks
    2 weeks ago

    So great to have Fleay's open again! Lovely morning to stroll about at a comfortable pace with 3yo. Lots of interesting animals to see, and we got to listen to the waterbirds talk today which was very interesting and we'll presented

  • 5 Carole Taylor
    3 weeks ago

    Absolutely wonderful place. Fantastic staff soooo much knowledge and very patient

  • 5 nicky o'ryan
    a month ago

    Just loved this place when we went in December 2019. Such a personal experience because there was hardly anyone there. We had an almost private turtle and info feeding session, emu feeding, a possum and owl show, and so much more. Go here rather than the other bigger centers as this will not disappoint. It is small and can be covered in a few hours so is ideal for a short trip or a family with little kids with a short attention or anyone that wants to avoid crowds. There is a little cafe with limited food options, the only GF item I could find was a chocolate cake slice.

  • 5 Luke Hauck
    3 months ago

    Fantastic day out! Great native animals, well looked after and very natural habitats. Worth checking out.

  • 5 Ben Portman
    6 months ago

    Great small wildlife park with well looked after animals. Talks are great and staff friendly and helpful. Food isn't great but plenty of benches for a picnic. Best to see the platypus with as few people there as you can manage. He doesn't do the 10.30 event!

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Park is open with some changes

Our wildlife and Park Rangers have been missing you and we’re excited to welcome you back. Changes have been implemented in line with COVID-safe guidelines—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.

Join a Park Ranger at David Fleay Wildlife Park for one of the amazing daily wildlife shows, talks or encounters! Photo credit: Maxime Coquard © Queensland Government

Spotlight on Wally

Wally the platypus (Photo: Wade Gilbert, Queensland Government)

Wally the platypus (Photo: Wade Gilbert, Queensland Government)

Wally being weighed during his weekly check-up at David Fleay Wildlife Park (Photo: Jacqui Seal, Queensland Government)

Wally being weighed during his weekly check-up at David Fleay Wildlife Park (Photo: Jacqui Seal, Queensland Government)

Photo: Nikki Sparks, Queensland Government

Photo: 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.