If you love animals or perhaps visiting Australia and want to meet the local wildlife, then you’ll be spoilt for choice with animal experiences on the Gold Coast. Visit the exhibits of a local wildlife park or book a hands-on animal encounter – there’s an experience to suit everyone!

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

28 Tomewin Street, Currumbin, Gold Coast, Queensland

At Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary you can view a wide range of wildlife including kangaroos, koala, crocodiles, dingoes, Tasmanian devils, wombat and more. There’s even the opportunity to walk through some of the enclosures such as with the kangaroos and feed them.

If you’ve got an interest in animal preservation then be sure to stop in at the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital to get a birds eye view of the vets at work! You might catch an Xray, ultrasound or endoscopes; all streamed live on a flat screen.

Be sure to catch an animal show such as the very popular ‘Free Flight Bird Show’ where you’ll meet some of our country’s most beautiful birds including the Australian pelican, colourful parrots and amazing birds of prey such as the mighty wedge-tailed eagle.

Forget selfies! Take the opportunity to have your photo professionally taken cuddling a koala, or perhaps book in a behind the scenes experience, have a turn at croc feeding or one of the other Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary animal encounter!

Sea World Gold Coast

Seaworld Drive, Main Beach, Gold Coast, Queensland.

Visit Australia’s premier marine animal park to see the amazing Polar Bears, catch entertaining and informative Dolphin and Seal shows, pat a stingray as it glides by the walls of the enclosure, peer through the aquarium windows at a hundreds of fish and sharks or book in an interactive experience.
Some of the encounters on offer include the Seal Aqua Adventure, Shark Encounter, Trainer for a Day, Tropical Reef Snorkel, Meet the Dolphin and Penguin Antarctic Adventure.


Dreamworld Parkway, Coomera, Gold Coast, Queensland.

Visitors to Dreamworld can see the awe-inspiring tigers at Tiger Island, or if you’re game for an up close encounter you can book a Tiger Walk, Tiger Photo or Tiger Feed Experience! Now there’s a photo to post to social media! At Dreamworld they also offer Wildlife photo experiences, an Australian Sheep Shearing Show, Dingo experiences and more.

Paradise Country

Entertainment Drive, Oxenford, Gold Coast, Queensland.

For something truly unique why not book in a breakfast with the koalas; feast on a full buffet breakfast, listen to an educational talk then have your photo taken interacting with a cuddly koala.
Paradise Country also offer a diverse range of animals such as horses, sheep, dingoes, chickens, ducks, pigs and more! There’s an animal nursery where you and the kids can pat and feed goats, and other fun farmyard animals. Try a traditional Billy-tea or take in a Stockman and Sheep dog show!

David Fleay Wildlife Park

Loman Lane, Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast, Queensland.

Peek into the nocturnal house and see what some of Australia’s most unusual animals including Bilbies and the Platypus get up to after dark.
Wander around the purpose built boardwalks to see dingoes, rock wallabies, koalas, pademelons and more in their natural habitat setting.
Check out a wide array of birds including emus, brolgas, lorikeets and wedge-tailed eagles. David Fleay also offer daily shows, talks and encounters to enhance your wildlife experience.

Learn more and make bookings for animal encounters and other tours and attractions on the Gold Coast.

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