David Fleay Wildlife Park Gold Coast

4.5

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  • 5 Lisa Bindra
    in the last week

    Lovely wildlife park. Nice natural setting. Animals all appeared well looked after and happy. Very pleasant couple hours walking around. Staff seemed to love their jobs. Will certainly visit again.

  • 5 David Tuffley
    a week ago

    An Australian icon that has been going for generations. I remember going there on family holidays in the 1960's and enjoying it immensely. And it is still doing a great job of bringing people face to face with Aussie animals in a safe environment.

  • 5 Trish
    2 weeks ago

    This is out third visit and loved it again. It's a park that is easy to walk around with prams or wheelchair, it's very shaded and the outdoor bird show is great. The main attraction for us is the platypus ! Tip is, if you don't catch a glimpse at first the park is small enough to slip back a couple of times and no doubt you'll see him if you're patient.

  • 5 Marcus Foth
    a month ago

    Absolutely loved this place. Very natural setting. The animals are so well looked after by their wildlife carers and rangers. Beautiful setting, without the usual Gold Coast theme park and commerce vibe. Highly recommended if you love animals and nature.

  • 5 Joseph
    2 months ago

    Great place to spend a few hours. Nice range of birds. Shows are late morning/lunchtime so don’t arrive to late or you will miss them. The staff member putting the eagle away was very friendly and went out of his way to give us a detailed show explaining everything about the eagle.

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Go wild these spring school holidays!

The Park Rangers at David Fleay Wildlife Park and Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre present their activities program for the spring school holidays. Photo credit: Photo: TomekZGenek

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.

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

Photo credit: Photo: TomekZGenek

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.

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