David Fleay Wildlife Park Gold Coast

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  • 5 Garry Lowe
    in the last week

    Perfect day out walking through acres of lush wetlands with all sorts of beautiful native Australian animals and information plarks infront of the animals lovely well maintained exhibits, plus if your there during the right hours they also give educational talks about a variety of different animals and the passion from every individual that works here shows with in all the educational talks let alone the presentation and willingness of keepers to talk and interact with every visitor that passes through. Highly recommended especially if you one or more children.

  • 5 RebeccA BANKS Banks
    3 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
    a month ago

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

  • 5 nicky o'ryan
    2 months 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 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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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 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

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 30mins walking time.
Grade
Unrated
Where
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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, 176.8KB)

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.