Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
We woke quite early on the Wednesday, had some breakfast and then set off down the Gold Coast Highway towards Currumbin for the Wildlife Sanctuary. It only takes around 45 minutes to get there (with bad traffic) and so we arrived just before 9am.
Because we’d bought the tickets the day before we were able to walk straight through to the park while everybody else was queuing up. When we first walked through the gates I wasn’t very impressed. It didn’t look very big at all at first but then I saw a map of the whole park and it was fairly huge.
As soon as you walk through the gates, if you go to your right they have the Koala area. If you’re lucky and you get there early enough you can have your photo taken with a Koala bear. Because of laws stating Koalas can only be handled 30 minutes each day you have to keep your eye out for when the photos are taking place. If you miss your chance you’ll be truly disappointed. We were very lucky as we were one of the first there. To say I was excited is one hell of an understatement – I couldn’t wait!
We managed to get a photo of the both of us with the Koala first, then Cherice had a turn of holding him on his own and then I got to hold him. They are fairly heavy but they cling on to you with their big claws. The claws didn’t hurt but they certainly had a firm grip.
You can take photos on your own camera while you’re holding the Koala but you also get a professional photographer who takes a photo for you. I think the regular price for the photo is $20 each. You have to pay this before holding the Koala. You can’t hold it and get a photo on your own camera without paying!
After the Koalas we noticed that they were about to bring out a crocodile for you to have a photo with and so we headed back to the entrance to get a picture with it. It was only a baby croc but it was still very strong. As I was about to hold him the croc decided to do a bit of a barrel roll and so the handler took him off me very quickly. Once he’d settled down I got to hold him again and pose for a photo. It was really heavy for such a small thing and the strength it had was unreal. After we both had a photo with the crocodile we went back in to the park to see the rest of the animals.
There were a fair few enclosures but my favourite by far was the kangaroo paddock. All of the roos were jumping freely around you and for $2 you could purchase some food to feed the roos. I wasn’t going to miss my chance of feeding a kangaroo so I paid the $2 and started chasing them down. There were some gigantic roos in there, but there were a lot of smaller ones too. It was the smaller roos that were more interested in the food – the larger kangaroos just wanted to sit out in the sun. Once you’ve held your hand out with a bit of food in your palm the kangaroo tends to nibble at your hand trying to get all of the food. It’s a weird sensation – a few of them slobbered too.
After the Kangaroos you can walk through the crocodile enclosures and then on to other things such as birds, Tasmanian devils, wombats etc.
Currumbin is a good day out but I don’t think you could spend all day there. You can get around the park in a few hours easily. We were starting to get hungry and because the kangaroos were still in our minds we bought some kangaroo meat from a Coles down the road and made some Roo burgers later that night. We couldn’t stay out too late as we were about to go out on the Plan B Party Tour.