David Fleay Wildlife Park Gold Coast

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  • 5 RebeccA BANKS Banks
    2 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
    3 weeks 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 Luke Hauck
    4 months ago

    Fantastic day out! Great native animals, well looked after and very natural habitats. Worth checking out.

  • 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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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

Things to do

    Photo: Maxime Coquard, Queensland Government.

    Photo: Maxime Coquard, Queensland Government.

    Meet our amazing wildlife

    In 1951, Australian naturalist, David Fleay, created a wildlife park where visitors could enjoy and learn about wildlife in as close to their natural environment as possible. Today you can enjoy daily wildlife ranger talks and see Australia’s iconic wildlife, from the comfort and safety of boardwalks and in a nocturnal house.

    Dr David Fleay has inspired many people to embrace the diversity of our natural environment and its protection. The environmental education and conservation role of the park is just one of his many legacies.

    Join us at David Fleay Wildlife Park and be inspired!

    Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

    Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

    Explore different habitats

    Spot koalas, pademelons, dingoes and rock wallabies as you stroll along boardwalks that take you though many different natural habitats and pathways that lead you through shady rainforest and tall eucalypt forest settings.

    Discover the near-threatened Lumholtz's tree-kangaroo, adapted for life in the trees instead of the ground. They often rest in the forks of branches, so take a closer look—you'll be surprise at how well they are hidden.

    See an amazing variety of Australian birds including magestic wedge-tailed eagles, noisy lorikeets, graceful emus and and elegant brolgas.

    Spy on our ‘rainforest gardeners’, endangered southern cassowaries (pictured) from the rainforests of North Queensland, busy spreading the seeds of rainforest fruits in their dung.

    Take a close look at one of the oldest and most successful predators on the planet—the crocodile. Discover the differences between freshwater and estuarine (saltwater) crocodiles from the safety of the boardwalk that leads you through the park's wetlands.

    Watch Wally in his watery enclosure as he goes about his normal day's activities. Photo: Maxime Coquard, Queensland Government.

    Watch Wally in his watery enclosure as he goes about his normal day's activities. Photo: Maxime Coquard, Queensland Government.

    Visit the Bilbies on the Gold Coast. They are a long way from their hot, dry grasslands of outback Queensland. Photo: Maxime Coquard, Queensland Government.

    Visit the Bilbies on the Gold Coast. They are a long way from their hot, dry grasslands of outback Queensland. Photo: Maxime Coquard, Queensland Government.

    Visit the nocturnal house

    Peek on some of Australia’s rarest and most unusual creatures in the nocturnal house.

    Many of our native animals are nocturnal (active at night) and rarely seen but in the nocturnal house, you can get up close and personal with some of these fascinating night creatures.

    Meet Wally, our resident platypus. Spend time getting to know him as you watch his playful antics as he forages and feeds, occasionally demonstrating his wet and wild ability to turn a waterfall into a water slide! Platypus are particularly difficult to spot ‘in the wild’ so meeting Wally is a very special experience!

    Watch some of our cutest animals, the gliders, at play. You’ll be captivated by the beautiful mahogany glider, once thought to be extinct, that was ‘rediscovered’ in 1989. Since then, lots of effort has been put into producing a strong colony that can be reintroduced to the wild in the future.

    You’ll be captivated by the elusive Bridled nailtail wallabies, once thought to be extinct for over 30 years! The Queensland Government has been working hard to re-establish the species at our scientific reserve. Fleay’s is the only place in the world that visitors can see them up close.

    See the greater bilby and be delighted by its Easter bunny-like appearance!

    Bilbies are endangered and much effort is being made to conserve them. In Currawinya National Park, near Cunnamulla, a 25sq km electrified fence protects the bilbies from their predators.

    As bilbies live in the hot, dry grasslands of outback Queensland, this is probably the best chance you will ever have to see these fascinating creatures!

    Spy on the speedy spinifex hopping mice, a tiny insect-eating marsupial with razor-sharp teeth, nimble jaws and lots of personality!

    Enjoy ranger wildlife talks

    Daily wildlife shows, talks and encounters

    Our daily shows, talks and encounters are sure to amaze you so join our experienced and knowledgeable Park Rangers as they introduce you to Queensland’s natural side.

    Download our park map (PDF, 5.5MB) for further information.

    Relax in the cafe

    Our shady verandah is a popular coffee stop for local walkers and Park visitors. Come and try one of our famous Devonshire teas. Watch for cheeky wild birds, the flitter of butterflies. There’s always some wild guests dropping in! You may even catch a Park Ranger visiting for a chat and one of our wildlife ambassadors.

    Birthdays, weddings and venue hire

    Our cafe, conference room and peaceful bushland setting make David Fleay's Wildlife Park a great place for events, whether special occasions or regular meetings. Have a birthday party with a difference, with your very own Wildlife Ranger and native Australian critters! Why not wedding photos with wildlife! The choice is yours. Please contact the park to discuss your options.

    Volunteer with bush tucker garden refurbishment. Photo: Jen Bartlett, Queensland Government

    Volunteer with bush tucker garden refurbishment. Photo: Jen Bartlett, Queensland Government

    Volunteering

    Our volunteers are the life-blood of our iconic wildlife park. Whether as a boardwalk visitor guide, assisting a wildlife ranger to look after the park's many animals (pictured), doing general maintenance or horticulture (pictured), undertaking administration, cafe hospitality or storytelling, come and make a difference and help deliver a great experience for our visitors.

    Please contact the park to find out more about our volunteer program.

    Explore more Gateway Visitor Centres

    Why not take some time to discover other Gateway Visitor Centres in Queensland’s National Parks:

    • Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre at Enoggera Reservoir in Brisbane. This bushland oasis located on the edge of D’Aguilar National Park and just 12km from the heart of the city, is perfect for families, friends and visitors to Brisbane. Explore the Information Centre and enjoy a variety of outdoor recreational activities in picturesque surrounds.
    • Mon Repos Turtle Centre at Bargara in Bundaberg. Learn about the special journey turtles and people have taken and join a Ranger on a Turtle Encounter to catch a glimpse of a turtle’s world—at least for one night! (operates November – end March).
    • Daisy Hill Koala Centre is a dedicated koala education facility nestled among eucalypt trees just 25km south of Brisbane. Meet our resident koalas, explore the interactive displays and learn about how you can contribute to koala conservation.

    School excursions

    View information on our school excursions which feature environmental education activities linked with the Australian Curriculum.