David Fleay Wildlife Park Gold Coast

4.5stars, rated out of 5

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  • 4stars, rated out of 5 Sharon Steward
    2 weeks ago

    Was lovely and quiet, a few exhibits closed for upgrade but still quite a few different animals to see. The bird show was great and our son loved the nocturnal animals. We didn't pay to go in, due to the work they are doing, however they do ask for a $5 donation. We were very happy to give it! Definitely recommend a visit 😊

  • 5stars, rated out of 5 Juan Mendoza
    a month ago

    Great place for small kids, is being updated in some areas but still is pretty good. Short strolls and great Australian fauna; not the usual animals; are on display. Recommended!!

  • 1stars, rated out of 5 Telese Rhoze
    4 weeks ago

    If you like being depressed this is the place for you. The animal enclosures are disturbingly small and some even appeared to be adorned with plastic plants. You’re better off going to your local park and looking at the ibis there instead.

  • 5stars, rated out of 5 Nick Hills
    2 months 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
    5 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

School excursions

Park ranger holding a reptile next to a child

Photo credit: Jenn Bartlett © Queensland Government

A great place for schools

Nestled in the heart of Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast, David Fleay is a wildlife park with a difference! As one of only two Queensland Government owned and operated wildlife parks, our focus is not only on our wildlife, but the conservation of their habitats and the education of all those who visit.

Our school excursions feature environmental education activities, which can also be alignedwith the Australian Curriculum, including topics such as habitats, animal adaptations and life cycles. Your students can discover, learn and connect with Queensland’s natural environment through educational talks, wildlife presentations, interactive experiences with native animals, and self-guided walks. We have programs for  all year levels, while  program content can also be tailored to suit your specific educational needs. The experienced Ranger team at David Fleay Wildlife Park are empowering today’s youth to take positive action for our environment!

Four booking options are available:

  • self-guided tours
  • WildEd - A Ranger led presentation (up to 45 minutes), tailored to your specific learning or curriculum outcomes
  • Into the Wild - A Ranger led multi-species show (up to 60 minutes)
  • Ranger Guided Park Tour (up to 1.5hrs).

Below is just an example of the curriculum links that can be delivered via our educational programs.

Education activities
Year level Activity name Australian curriculumThemes
Foundation Basic Needs Living things have basic needs, including food and water (ACSSU002) Recognising the needs of living things in a range of situations such as pets at home, plants in the garden or plants and animals in bushland
Year 1 Fur Feathers Scales Living things have a variety of external features (ACSSU017) Describing the use of animal body parts for particular purposes such as moving and feeding
Year 1 Habitats Living things live in different places where their needs are met (ACSSU211) Exploring what happens when habitats change and some living things can no longer have their needs met
Year 2 Animal Offspring Living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves (ACSSU030) Exploring different characteristics of life stages in animals such as egg, caterpillar and butterfly
Year 2 David Fleay The History of a significant person or part of the natural environment (ACHASSK044) Investigating the history of a chosen person, building, site or landmark in the local community using sources and relating a story which these reveal about the past
Year 3 Living and Non-living Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things (ACSSU044) Recognising characteristics of living things such as growing, moving, sensitivity and reproducing
Year 4 Life Cycles Living things have life cycles (ACSSU072) Describing the stages of life cycles of different living things such as insects, birds, frogs and flowering plants
Year 5 Adaptations Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (ACSSU043) describing and listing adaptations of living things suited for particular Australian environments

Information pack

Our downloadable information pack (PDF, 614.0KB) includes an excursion guide, education activities and risk management guidelines.

Bookings

Head to our online booking console to select and confirm your program needs. Should you have further questions or require customisation just contact our Education team for assistance via email: fleays@des.qld.gov.au or phone (07) 5669 2051

Costs

Prices for education bookings
Program

Student Price for 10 or more paying students

School group - self-guided tour $9.50
WildEd - Ranger led curriculum aligned experience within living classroom $15.00
Into the Wild - Ranger led wildlife discover show $15.00
Ranger guided park tour$15.00
Free of charge (FOC) ratio for teachers/supervisors
Year level Free of charge ratio
Childcare1 FOC to 3 children
Prep–Year 3 1 FOC to 5 students
Years 4–6 1 FOC to 10 students
Years 7–12 1 FOC to 15 students
Tertiary1 FOC to 20 students

Above group rate available to school groups with 10 or more paying students. All prices are inclusive of GST and available only to Australian primary and secondary education institutions. Prices updated on the first of July every year and are subject to change without notice. Entry to the park is subject to the park's condition of entry (PDF, 921.7KB) . If you have an enquiry about these prices or eligibility please email the Education Ranger at fleays@des.qld.gov.au for further details.