David Fleay Wildlife Park Gold Coast

4.4stars, rated out of 5

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  • 4stars, rated out of 5 Leanne Ross
    a month ago

    Loved our stroll around the park very relaxing. This is a nice place to take the kids for a look at some of our beautiful wildlife. Just hope that when it comes time to be checking the check-in app to see who is vaccinated, that you have more then just one person on the front desk, as I certainly wouldn't like to be the only staff member if they come up against some aggressive customers who want to be allowed in but refused, the staff definitely need someone else there or very nearby, as no doubt there will be times when there will be some not so nice irrate customers to deal with.

  • 4stars, rated out of 5 Sharon Steward
    2 months ago

    Was lovely and quiet, a few exhibits closed for upgrade but still quite a few different animals to see. The bird show was great and our son loved the nocturnal animals. We didn't pay to go in, due to the work they are doing, however they do ask for a $5 donation. We were very happy to give it! Definitely recommend a visit 😊

  • 5stars, rated out of 5 King Chris
    a week ago

    If you're a local with k8ds under 12, buy an annual pass (~$130 for 2adults + 2kids) , pop in for an hour or so & enjoy the relative peace & quiet. Take in a show and even better lets the kids actually talk to the experts, whom will attentively listen and answer their random questions. Apparently crocodiles haven't mated with birds, but yes it would be terrifying if they did and yes they would swoop down & eat dad because he's rolling his eyes. It's not a big place (you'll see it all in an hour or so), but it is quiet, you do get up close.. there's often koala's a few meters away snoozing in a tree.. it'll be better in Feb/Mar when the works are finished, so the crocodiles can come back, and the cafe is open again. Again if you're a local, buy a pass and use it as an escape from the house, meet up with some friends, take a picnic

  • 5stars, rated out of 5 Olga Biriukova
    a week ago

    Absolutely amazing experience. We enjoyed it very much and kids were super happy. Lovely place, highly recommend 🙂.

  • 3stars, rated out of 5 Kerryn Moore
    a month ago

    A group of us went to the wildlife park. Upon arrival I needed to change a wheelchair client. Unfortunately there disabled toilet near the Cafe was not big enough to fit a large wheel chair in there, they did have another but it was located up a huge hill. I wasn't capable of pushing her up there. The park on its own is lovely and you do see a few animals.

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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.