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.

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Tallebudgera Creek walking track passes through one of the last large tracts of mangroves on the Gold Coast. Photo credit: Chris Whitelaw © Queensland Government

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

Tallebudgera Creek walking track

Take a leisurely stroll along scenic Tallebudgera Creek, with its fringing mangrove forests, abundant birdlife and rich Indigenous cultural values.

Journey type
Walk
Distance
900m one way A path where the start point is different to the finish point
Time suggested
Allow 30min walking time.
Grade
Unrated

Accessible by

  • Conventional vehicle

Journey facilities

  • Lookout (constructed)
  • Wheelchair access (may require assistance)
  • Walking

Venture along raised boardwalks through one of the Gold Coast's remaining large mangrove tracts. Discover the area's cultural significance for the Kombumerri people from signs dotted along the way.

Capture spectacular views of Tallebudgera Creek through the twisted mangrove tree trunks—be sure to have your camera or binoculars on hand. Keep your eyes peeled for azure kingfishers and rainbow bee-eaters darting through the leaves. Look for crabs crawling among the roots pushing up through the mud.

Feel as though you've been whisked away to a remote destination, listening to screaming sulphur-crested cockatoos overhead and gazing across glassy blue water. For a longer walk, continue on through the Gold Coast City Council green space to the rocky foreshores of Burleigh Head National Park.

Getting there and getting around

Tallebudgera Creek walking track is located at David Fleay Wildlife Park in West Burleigh on the Gold Coast—just 15mins from Gold Coast airport, 25mins from Surfers Paradise and 90km south of Brisbane.

  • Access to the walking track is from the boardwalk near the lower car park.
  • Travel to the corner of Loman Lane and West Burleigh Road in West Burleigh and drive into the David Fleay Wildlife Park car park.
  • The park is 2mins drive from the Tallebudgera Creek Road turn-off on the Pacific Motorway (exit 89).
  • If you're travelling by bus, the Surfside Route 756 stops near the intersection of West Burleigh Road and Loman Road. From here, walk 330m along West Burleigh Road to the entrance of the park.
  • Trains also operate regularly from Brisbane to the Gold Coast (Varsity Lakes) where connecting bus services can be accessed.
    For timetables and bus stops, visit TransLink.
  • Tallebudgera Creek walking track map (PDF, 270.6KB)

Wheelchair access

You can take wheelchairs on the first 400m of the track from the David Fleay Wildlife Park car park. At this point there is a lookout with room to turn wheelchairs around.

Before you visit

Opening hours

Tallebudgera Creek walking track is open 24 hours a day.

Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Visiting safely

For more safety information see Visiting David Fleay Wildlife Park safely and Walk with care.