David Fleay Wildlife Park Gold Coast

4.4stars, rated out of 5

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  • 5stars, rated out of 5 Clark Kent (Tank)
    3 months ago

    Thoroughly enjoyable 2 hours, got lots of great photos. Cafe and toilet fit out is superb, park based around a number of water features. Parking is excellent, big parking sites. (large vehicle owner) mangrove walk is impressive structure. The walk around the outside of park along river is pleasant and private.

  • 5stars, rated out of 5 J B
    3 months ago

    My husband and I had a great time looking around, we went in the afternoon and it was so nice and quiet! the bird and cassowary shows we were there for were great and we even got the chance to feed the male cassowary. The staff were lovely and were more than happy to tell us anything we wished to know about the animals. I specifically went to see Wally the platypus and was so happy that he seemed to enjoy putting on a show for everyone who came to see him. Unfortunately the kangaroo section was closed but hopefully we will be able to see them next time

  • 5stars, rated out of 5 Catherine Little
    6 months ago

    Visited this beautiful little park today and was very pleasantly surprised. The grounds were beautiful, the park very well maintained and all the staff that we interacted with (rangers, ground staff and cafe workers) were super friendly and helpful. We particularly enjoyed the croc talk and cassowary talks presented by one of the lovely rangers (Kayla I think her name was), it was obvious that all the staff really were passionate about the animals in their care. Additionally, many of the animals seemed to be exhibiting lots of natural behaviours, but maybe we were just lucky with this! We also enjoyed walking through the mangroves adjacent to the park. We spend about 3.5 hours here.

  • 5stars, rated out of 5 Brendon Knight
    9 months ago

    Awesome day out with the kids. Park is looking great, visited 11am-2pm not many people there, not sure why as the kids absolutely loved this place, new cafe recently opened, limited menu so far but was told will be expanding soon. Park is not too big so kids don't get tired walking around all day, but plenty to see.

  • 4stars, rated out of 5 Sabrina Lizzi
    6 months ago

    Took me and my partner one hour to explore the whole place with no talks or shows, stopped at each enclosure at a leisurely pace. We entered at 2.30pm, finished at 3.30 and did another half lap. A lot of work needs to be done due to flooding but still a great outing and saw more animals on the way back because of the timing I reckon and how quiet it was. A worthwhile relaxing experience for people who have busy lifestyles. Animals are very cute especially the Bilby and hopping mice in my opinion! 😆 Dingoes were howling waiting to be walked so that was awesome. happy to have supported at a difficult time 💚

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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.

  • There are currently no park alerts for this park.