David Fleay Wildlife Park Gold Coast

4.4stars, rated out of 5

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  • 5stars, rated out of 5 Brendon Knight
    a month 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.

  • 5stars, rated out of 5 King Chris
    4 months ago

    If you're a local with k8ds under 12, buy an annual pass (~$130 for 2adults + 2kids) , pop in for an hour or so & enjoy the relative peace & quiet. Take in a show and even better lets the kids actually talk to the experts, whom will attentively listen and answer their random questions. Apparently crocodiles haven't mated with birds, but yes it would be terrifying if they did and yes they would swoop down & eat dad because he's rolling his eyes. It's not a big place (you'll see it all in an hour or so), but it is quiet, you do get up close.. there's often koala's a few meters away snoozing in a tree.. it'll be better in Feb/Mar when the works are finished, so the crocodiles can come back, and the cafe is open again. Again if you're a local, buy a pass and use it as an escape from the house, meet up with some friends, take a picnic

  • 5stars, rated out of 5 David Milne
    3 weeks ago

    A koala, specially bred as part of a UQ led conservation project, could turn around the fate of endangered koala colonies along Australia’s east coast. Two-year-old Jagger, the first koala bred in the Living Koala Genome Bank pilot project, has been released into a colony at Elanora Conservation Park, on the southern Gold Coast. “Jagger is fully vaccinated against chlamydia, is disease-free and – thanks to his diverse genetics – will help protect koalas in this population against the risks of inbreeding,” Dr Johnston said. “He’s just one member of our recently completed pilot project, called the Living Koala Genome Bank, where we propagate koalas with high genetic merit to be released into the wild, improving genetic variation. Readers should note this special koala project is located at a close location to the David Fleay Wildlife Park.

  • 4stars, rated out of 5 Mika Tsuruta
    5 months ago

    They were offering free admission because some animals were not available to see due to renovations. It was nice little wildlife park. Kids enjoyed watching native animals there.

  • 5stars, rated out of 5 Peter H Bloecker
    11 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.

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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

Things to do

    Photo credit: 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 learn how our dedicated Rangers care for our wildlife, listen to their stories, 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!

    A cassowary

    Photo credit: © 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.

    Watch Wally in his watery enclosure as he goes about his normal day's activities.

    Photo credit: Maxime Coquard, Queensland Government

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

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

    Photo credit: 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

    Across the day our Ranger team will provide a range of talks and presentations – don’t miss our 11:00am Reptile chat and 1:00pm Fleays in Flight show within the Amphitheatre. On arrival ask our Admission staff for details on other wildlife talks that may be scheduled for the day.

    Relax in the cafe

    Why not enjoy a relaxing snack or lunch on our deck listening to the local wildlife Choir….you may even enjoy a visitor from our Ranger and wildlife Ambassador team.

    Birthdays, weddings and venue hire

    The restaurant and surrounding park grounds 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. Read more about the cafe.

    Volunteer with bush tucker garden refurbishment.

    Volunteer with bush tucker garden refurbishment.

    Photo credit: Jen Bartlett, Queensland Government


    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.

    Holiday program

    View information about upcoming school holiday programs at David Fleay Wildlife Park and Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre.

    • Information for schools visiting David Fleay Wildlife Park.

    • The Park Rangers at David Fleay Wildlife Park and Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre present their activities program for the upcoming school holidays.

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