Below is a list of the top and leading Aquariums & Zoos in Gold Coast. To help you find the best Aquariums & Zoos located near you in Gold Coast, we put together our own list based on this rating points list.
Gold Coast’s Best Aquariums & Zoos:
The top rated Aquariums & Zoos in Gold Coast are:
- Sea World
- Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
- David Fleay Wildlife Park
Sea World – Discover a world of fun and adventure at Sea World, jam-packed with exciting shows, rides and marine animals, guaranteed to provide a day full of fun. Visitors should buckle their seat-belts and get ready for an adventure at Sea World with their latest family attraction, Nickelodeon Land. Plus meet all of their favourite Nickelodeon characters, including: SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Visitors will face a 20 metre wave on dry land on the Storm Coaster. They should be prepared to ride the perfect storm, without a single cloud. Journey to the depths of the ocean and uncover a world of mysterious creatures at Creatures of the Deep. This exciting world-first attraction showcases a batch of marine life, from the legendary Kraken to the giant Blue Whale and the fierce Megaladon. People can go on an adventure of fun and discovery as people get up close and personal with an array of beautiful marine life, including; Penguins, Polar Bears, Rays and Dolphins.
At Sea World people will also come face to face with some of the world’s most feared predators at Shark Bay. Their Shark Bay attraction is a multi-level exhibit with breathtaking viewing areas both above and below the water.
Exhibits, Shows & Presentations, Rides & Precincts, Animal Adventures, Meet Animals (Polar Bears, Dolphins, Seals, Penguins, Sharks, Rays, Turtles, Tropical Fish, Sea Jellies & Seabirds)
“Amazing place to visit! There is something for everyone here, kids loved the rides and the show as well as the splash pad area. I loved the dolphin show the most! All the other shows were very good as well. Fun time for everyone! A must visit when in the Gold Coast!” – Moza K.
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is a fantastic heritage zoological garden. It was built in 1947 onwards. It was added to the Queensland Heritage Register on September 2009. The sanctuary is world-renowned for its feeding of huge flocks of wild rainbow lorikeets, which come to the sanctuary to enjoy the special mixture which the lorikeets eat.
A large number of events, shows and attractions include dingo encounters, free flight bird shows and feeding of the park’s massive saltwater crocodile. The park also contains a serious aspect of its exhibits and work, and behind the scenes includes a state-of-the-art veterinary and rehabilitation hospital.
The sanctuary was opened by Alex Griffiths in year 1947 as a solution to stop the lorikeet population knocking down his flower plantations. The lorikeets still flock to the sanctuary daily to be fed by visitors. The sanctuary now houses one of the largest collections of Australian native species in the whole world. Exhibits include a reptile house,Tasmanian devils and in December 2017 the sanctuary opened their new exotics precinct Lost Valley which is home to red pandas, capybara, lemurs, cotton-top tamarins, tree kangaroos and one of largest walk-through aviary in the Southern Hemisphere with free flying birds. The sanctuary also has a mini railway that has been operating since early 1960’s. In 2011, the hospital has appealed for donations and government support as it faces a shortage in fund that may force it to turn away injured wildlife.
WildSkies – Free Flight Bird Show, Lorikeet Feeding, Blinky Bill’s Studio Adventure, Big Fang Theory, Australiana Show, Crocodile Behaviours Show, Aboriginal Dance Show, Koala Experience, Koala Photo, Koala Nursery Experience, Capybara Encounter, Cotton-top Tamarin Encounter, Dingo Encounter, Echidna Encounter, Possum Encounter, Dingo Walk, Behind the Scenes Tour, Bird Training Experience, Segway Safari, TreeTop Challenge, Wildlife Hospital Tour, Other Animals Encounter
“First off the place is big, much larger than it appears when you look it up. They have so many different areas to walk through and discover. If you have little ones you can ride a miniature train throughout the park, this way Little legs don’t get tired. All toll we ended up spending twice as much time as we’d thought just wandering around and seeing all they had to offer.” – Colin Randall
David Fleay Wildlife Park
David Fleay Wildlife Park – In 1951, Australian naturalist, David Fleay, created a wildlife park where tourist and visitors could learn about and enjoy wildlife in as close to their natural habitat as possible. Today people can enjoy daily wildlife ranger talks and see Australia’s iconic wildlife, from the comfort and safety of boardwalks and in a nocturnal house.
Dr David Fleay has inspired many people to embrace the diversity of their natural environment and its protection. The environmental education and conservation role of the park is just one of his many legacies.
Nestled in the heart of Burleigh Heads, David Fleay’s is a wildlife park with a difference. Visitors can stroll through the tranquil surroundings to experience some of Queensland’s most iconic natural habitats and meet the resident wildlife—all in just one day. Customers can explore the park on their own or join their dedicated Park Rangers at the daily wildlife shows. Visitors can plan their day and check out start times in their park map and activities guide for ‘Creatures of the Night’ or ‘Fleay’s In Flight’ shows, ranger talks and wildlife encounters or phone them.
Meet Amazing Wildlife, Explore Different habitats, Nocturnal House Visit, Ranger Wildlife Talks, Cafe, Birthdays, Weddings & Venue Hire, Volunteering
“What a beautiful place! Such a great experience and excellent way to spend a few hours. Plenty of parking, easy access for peaks and wheelchairs, the shows are informative and entertaining. Staff are very friendly and very approachable, so all questions are easily answered. We bought a packed lunch and there are plenty of tables and benches all throughout the park to sit and picnic. We had a range of ages from 60 to 3 years old and everyone loved it! Highly recommend a visit.” – Kimberley Harrison
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