David Fleay Wildlife Park (a Best of Queensland Experiences), on Tallebudgera Creek near Burleigh Heads, on Queensland’s Gold Coast, is a wildlife park with a difference!
You can stroll through natural habitats and visit a nocturnal house to see some of Australia’s most iconic wildlife. You’ll meet crocodiles, koalas, emus, brolgas, dingoes, dunnarts, bilbies and kangaroos, along with resident platypus, Wally. Explore the park on your own or join the rangers in one of their daily wildlife shows.
The park plays an important role in demonstrating the conservation initiatives of David Fleay, who established the property in 1951. Previously employed at Melbourne Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary, he became the first to breed platypus in captivity. Fleay was ahead of his time, in insisting that birds and other animals should be kept in conditions similar to their natural environment. The naturalistic enclosures you see today reflect that now-widely held philosophy. The park continues Fleay’s work of research, breeding and education; offering the chance to see many threatened native animals in one location.
The park is mostly suitable for wheelchairs, prams and people with difficulty walking. You can also explore the nearby Tallebudgera Creek mangrove boardwalk along the mangrove-fringed Tallebudgera Creek.
Aussie Host Barbeque Birdwatching Cafe Carpark Conference/Convention Facilities Disabled access available Enquiry Desk Family Family Friendly Food and Refreshments Free Wifi Indigenous themes and/or interpretation International Nature & Wildlife Non Smoking Picnic Area Public Toilet Queensland Tourism Industry Council Regional Tourist/Tourism Association/Organisation Shop Visitor Information Centre Walk Walks
Single entry price for an adult and family pass (two adults and up to two children).