David Fleay Wildlife Park Gold Coast

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  • 5stars, rated out of 5 Catherine Little
    2 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
    5 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
    2 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 💚

  • 4stars, rated out of 5 Ryan Stannage
    3 months ago

    We enjoyed our time here. It’s about half the price of Currumbin Sanctuary up the road and that’s probably a fair indicator for what you’re in for. Loved seeing the tree kangaroos, koalas, reptiles, and birds of prey. The park is on the smaller side — we spent about an hour here. Definitely due for a good tidy up, new signage etc.

  • 4stars, rated out of 5 Sharon Steward
    10 months 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 😊

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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

With a new immersive education room ready for some wild action…. watch out as some exciting new educational opportunities will be hopping, slithering, and flying into 2022 for school groups!

Photo credit: Ian Wilkinson © Queensland Government

Nestled in the heart of Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast, David Fleay is the place to meet the unique resident wildlife that call Queensland’s most iconic natural habitats home. Fleays is also the only place to see the shy Bridled nail-tail wallaby thought to be extinct for over 30 years and the only place on the Gold Coast to see the elusive and adorable platypus!

Wander along a network of boardwalks and paths, winding through tranquil wetlands, rainforest, and open eucalypt forest in search of koalas, cassowaries, dingos, crocodiles and more.

Visit the Nocturnal house to get up close with some of Australia’s rarely seen creatures of the night, such as squirrel gliders, greater bilbies, and fat tailed dunnarts. Be entertained by Wally, our playful platypus. Explore the park at your own pace and be sure to join the daily wildlife shows and chats presented by our knowledgeable Ranger team.

Download the Park Map Guide (PDF, 5.7MB) to navigate your way around the park.

Our Park Rangers are available to share their stories and help students discover and connect with Queensland unique native species and the protected habitats they live within while learning about the issues and problems facing them. Our educational experiences are all about changing attitudes and behaviours and motivating meaningful ACTION, informed by knowledge, and understanding.

While programs can be tailored to meet a groups needs, there are five standard booking options available to schools and early childhood facilities, including: -

Four booking options are available:

  • self-guided tours - school groups are able to coordinate their own visit and tour enabling students to discover some of the weird and wonderful wildlife that inhabits Queensland's national parks as they explore the wildlife park.
  • WildEd (up to 30 mins) - A ranger led presentation designed to identify and explore your specific learning goals and content with the help of our native wildlife ambassador team.
  • Into the Wild (up to 45mins) – a wildlife discovery show led by our ranger team involving multiple species while also showcasing Queensland’s National Parks and threatened species.Ranger Guided Park Tour (up to 1hr) – A guided tour around the park providing students with insights into the unique species, and their habitats, that call Queensland home.
    • Wild Challenges (up to 30 minutes) – engage your students further with an add on wild challenge practical activity that provides students an opportunity to put learning into action. A wild challenge can be added onto any of the above products.

A great place for schools

At Fleays there are three natural learning areas available - including our nocturnal Nalu theatre, our living rainforest classroom and the David Fleay outdoor amphitheatre - so no matter your group size an engaging experience is possible.

The rainforest classroom provides an up-close experience for small groups of no more than 25 with a maximum of five (5) session available in any one day. The Nalu stage provides medium sized groups of no more than 60 with a unique nocturnal experience, with up to three session times available in any one day. The outdoor amphitheatre can cater for groups of up to 120 at one time and provides a personalised wildlife show experience.

So whether you want your students to experience their wildlife presentation via class group or as a whole school group we have the venue to meet your needs. You will be asked to select your venue option at the time of booking.

Below is justan example of the curriculum links that can be addressed through our educational programs. However, please ensure you discuss learning needs with our Educational Rangers so experiences can be tailored to met your desired learning needs.

Year Level and Program

Curriculum Connection

Wild Ed Presentation Outlines

Optional add on: Wild Challenge practical action Workshops outlines

Early Childhood-Connectedness

Early Years Learning Framework
Children are connected with and contribute to their world.

We understand that discovery and learning in an early childhood context can grow from many different avenues and focus on many different concepts, that is why our Connectedness presentation will be tailored to your specific needs. Whether it be snake shedding, or the life cycle of a butterfly, our presentation will extend on your current lines of inquiry.

No workshop available - presentation supports intentional teaching practices.

Foundation Year - Basic Needs

Australian Curriculum

ACSSU002: Living things have basic needs, including food and water.

Our Basic Needs presentation will explore those specific needs that living things require. Enlisting the help of some of our animal friends, our rangers will demonstrate the necessity of food, water, shelter, oxygen and rest for living things to survive.

This Wild Challenge will encourage the students to identify and document animals satiating these needs in situ. They will engage in careful observation and comparative thinking during this session while making real world connections.

Year One – Fur, Feathers, Scales and Habitats

Australian Curriculum

ACSSU017: Living things have a variety of external features.

ACSSU211: Living things live in different places where their needs are met.

The Fur, Feathers, Scales and Habitats presentation will delve into the physical features that can be found on a variety of Queensland’s unique wildlife. We will explore differing body parts and what purposes they serve in aiding survival. In addition to this, we will examine these features as clues to find out where these animals live in the wild.

This Wild Challenge encourages creative and critical thinking as students work together to discuss, design and create a habitat model catered to the needs of different animals. They will need to consider and cater to physical adaptations as they replicate a simulated environment.

Year Two – Animal Offspring

Australian Curriculum

ACSSU030: Living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves.

The Animal Offspring presentation will introduce students to various Australian animals with an emphasis on the initial stages of their life cycle. Together we will compare these beginnings as we more closely examine the similarities and differences found in contrasting animal groups, such as reptiles, mammals, insects and birds.

This Wild Challenge will promote scientific reasoning as the students reflect on common characteristics found in juvenile animals, then apply it to a range of native species. They will identify similarities and differences as they draw educated conclusions.

Year Three – Living and Non-Living

Australian Curriculum

ACSSU044: Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things.

All living things are defined by seven key characteristics: movement, reproduction, growth, sensitivity, respiration, excretion and nutrition gain. The Living and Non-living presentation will demonstrate these characteristics with the help of our Australian wildlife, while also challenging students to sort through a variety of living, non-living and once-living things.

This Wild Challenge will send students out into the park to determine whether a variety of things are in fact living or non-living. They will need to use critical thinking as they consider the seven key characteristics outlined in the presentation.

Year Four – Life Cycles

Australian Curriculum

ACSSU072: Living things have life cycles.

The young of many native species can change drastically as they grow into adulthood, moving through significant and distinctive alterations through their lifetime. The Life Cycles presentation will explore several examples of this growth, exploring the differences between identifiable stages, and the differences between various animals.

This Wild Challenge will focus on identifying and ordering a series of distinct life stages. The students will need to use problem solving and comparative thinking in order to determine the sequence of various animal’s life cycles.

Year Five - Adaptations

Australian Curriculum

ACSSU043: Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment.

The animals of Southeast Queensland have evolved unique behavioural and structural adaptations to aid in their survival. The Adaptations presentation will present students with the opportunity to observe several animals up close, to determine the behaviours they exhibit, or body parts they have, that give them a better chance to survive in their natural environments.

Utilising the knowledge acquired from the Adaptations presentation, this Wild Challenge will encourage students to get critical and creative as they adapt a variety of existing animal’s adaptations to different scenarios.

Year Six – Extreme Survival

Australian Curriculum

ACSSU094: The growth and survival of living things are affected by physical conditions of their environment.

Australia is home to some of the most extreme environments on Earth, and yet our native wildlife have evolved to thrive in even the harshest of conditions. The Extreme Survival presentation will showcase a specialised group of animals who have adapted to life in the Australian desert, highlighting the fascinating behavioural and physical changes they have evolved.

To solidify this new learning, students will be tasked with redesigning one of the desert-adapted animals featured in the presentation, to survive in another extreme environment. This challenge will prompt the participants to reflect on their target animal’s current adaptations and purpose, then consider how these would alter to suit a different climate.

Year Seven – Food Chains

Australian Curriculum

ACSSU112: Interactions between organisms, including the effects of human activities can be represented by food chains and food webs.

The natural environment contains a multitude of interrelated relationships including the transference of energy. The Food Chains presentation will explore the levels found in a specific food chain, identifying the producers, consumers and decomposers, while demonstrating the movement of energy. Students will also identify the effect of invasive species on long established food chains and webs.

After learning of the fragile balance that exists within ecosystem energy transfers, students will be charged with a challenge focused on preserving stability within native food chains by addressing the issue of invasive animals.

Year Eight – Carnivore vs Herbivore

Australian Curriculum

ACSSU150: Multi-cellular organisms contain systems of organs carrying out specialised functions that enable them to survive and reproduce.

The Carnivore vs Herbivore presentation explores the differences in digestive systems correlated with specific diets. Students will learn how to identify digestive and physical traits of herbivores, carnivores and omnivores, examining things like tooth shape and structure, scat and specialised organs.

Using physical structures and features as clues, the students will examine a range of different animal skeletons and remnants to determine information about an individual. They will form a bigger picture of the animal’s role, size, diet and habitat through careful examination.

Year Nine - Ecosystems

Australian Curriculum

ACSSU176: Ecosystems consist of communities of interdependent organisms and abiotic components of the environment; matter and energy flow through these systems.

Natural ecosystems depend on a series of stable conditions and relationships in order to continue. The Ecosystems presentation will encourage students to identify interconnected biotic relationships and develop a stronger appreciation for the importance of abiotic factors.

As students will now be aware of the fragile balance between biotic and abiotic factors within specific ecosystems, they will be challenged with predicting the short term and long-term outcomes caused by varying events to a specific environment. This includes weather, disease and human impact.

Year Ten – The Theory of Evolution

Australian Curriculum

ACSSU185: The theory of evolution by natural selection explains the diversity of living things and is supported by a range of scientific evidence.

The Theory of Evolution presentation will introduce students to the work of Charles Darwin while demonstrating the concept of natural selection. The students will compare the similarities and differences between two descendants of the Elephant bird, the Emu and Southern cassowary, determining the traits that led to the development of each species as we know them.

This Wild Challenge will task the students with predicting the outcome of natural selection on one particular species, millions of years in the future. They will need to identify the traits that will be favoured over time to suit varying environments and climates.

Year Eleven & Twelve – Keystone Species

Australian Curriculum

ACSBL024, ACSBL020,

As the world adapts to varying conservation issues, biologists have developed surrogate species to guide decision making and protective measures. These species are known by a host of different terms, including indicator, umbrella, flagship and keystone. The Keystone Species presentation will define the role and purpose of each of these titles, with a heavier emphasis on the importance of keystone species.

This wild Challenge will charge students with the task of locating a variety of different species within the park and then using their new- found understanding, careful observation and group discussion, to identify which surrogate title it connects to and why.

Various Year Levels

An Historic Figure

Foundation (ACHASSK017)

Year 1 (ACHASSK033)

Year 2 (ACHASSK044)

Year 3 (ACHASSK069)

Year 4 (ACHASSK088)

Year 5 (ACHASSK113)

This presentation will explore the achievements and milestones of Dr David Fleay as we meet several of those species with which he formed significant connections. We will delve into his contributions to the zoological and conservation fields, share the history of this reserve and highlight the importance of continuing his legacy on our heritage site.

*No workshop option

Information pack

Our downloadable information pack (PDF, 1.4MB) 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 20 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.

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