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Getting there and getting around

Tallebudgera Creek boardwalk. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

Tallebudgera Creek boardwalk. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

Stroll along the boardwalk to discover a diversity of wildlife in the mangroves. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

Stroll along the boardwalk to discover a diversity of wildlife in the mangroves. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

On the map

David Fleay Wildlife Park is located on the corner of Loman Road and West Burleigh Road, West Burleigh in Queensland.

The park is located next to Tallebudgera Creek on West Burleigh Road on Queensland's Gold Coast. It is 2min from the Tallebudgera Creek Road turn-off on the Pacific Motorway (exit 89) and 10min from the Gold Coast Airport.

Public transport
  • By bus:
    The Surfside Route 756 stops near the intersection of West Burleigh Road and Loman Road. From here it is approximately a 330m walk to the entrance of the Park.
  • By train:
    Trains operate regularly from Brisbane to the Gold Coast (Varsity Lakes) where connecting bus services can be accessed. For timetables and bus stops, visit TransLink or phone 13 12 30.

Accessibility

Most of David Fleay Wildlife Park is suitable for wheelchairs, prams and for those who find walking difficult. Pathways are a combination of concrete, bitumen and elevated timber boardwalks. Wheelchair accessible toilets are located in the cafe. There are disabled parking spaces available in the car park.

Walking in the local area

Tallebudgera Creek mangrove boardwalk

Tallebudgera Creek is a place of cultural significance to the Kombumerri people, and its estuary contains one of the last large tracts of mangroves on the Gold Coast. The boardwalk, located on the edge of the wildlife park, offers wonderful views of Tallebudgera Creek through the mangroves, and of the creek mouth at the end of the boardwalk.

Be on the lookout for azure kingfishers and rainbow bee-eaters darting through the mangroves. Learn about the area's Indigenous culture and the role of mangrove communities from signs along the way. Stop in at Fleays café before you go and enjoy a coffee while relaxing on the verandah.

Access this walk from the David Fleay Wildlife Park car park or from the Tallebudgera Creek Regional Park walking track. Track length is 400m (one way) and is a leisurely 30min stroll.

Tallebudgera Creek Regional Park walking track

The Tallebudgera Creek Regional Park walking track is 1.4km and links David Fleay Wildlife Park to Burleigh Head National Park through the Gold Coast City Council green space.

Things to know before you go

Did you know that an adult koala eats about 0.5kg to 1kg of leaves each night. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

Did you know that an adult koala eats about 0.5kg to 1kg of leaves each night. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

Did you know that the dingo arrived in Australia about 5,000 years ago. Photo: Jenn Bartlett, Queensland Government.

Did you know that the dingo arrived in Australia about 5,000 years ago. Photo: Jenn Bartlett, Queensland Government.

Opening hours

The park opens from 9.00am to 5.00pm seven days a week, every day of the year except Christmas Day and Anzac Day morning. The cafe is open from 10.00am to 2.30pm. The nocturnal house is open from 11.00am to 5.00pm.

Fees

All prices include 10% GST and are for a single ticket purchase.

 Type of ticket  Price
 Adult  $20.80
 Child under 4 years  Free
 Child (4 to 17 years inclusive)  $9.55
 Tertiary student (with I.D. card)  $13.80
 Family pass (2 adults and up to 4 children)  $53.05
 Pensioner/concession card holder  $13.80
Yearly pass—adult  $41.65
Yearly pass—child (4 to 17 years inclusive)  $19.10
Yearly pass—family (2 adults and up to 4 children)  $106.15
Yearly pass—pensioner/concession card holder  $27.60

Contact details

Phone: (07) 5576 2411 or international +61 7 5576 2411
Email:

Pets

Domestic animals are not permitted in David Fleay Wildlife Park.

Climate and weather

The Gold Coast has a mild, subtropical climate. Daily temperatures range from 20 to 28°C in summer and from 11 to 21°C in winter.

Camping and accommodation

Springbrook National Park and Lamington National Park, in the Gold Coast hinterland, are part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. These are areas of exceptional ecological importance and natural beauty.

Camping facilities are available, permits are required and fees apply.

Located on the doorstep of beautiful Tallebudgera Beach, our partner, the Gold Coast Recreation Centre has excellent leisure facilities and can accommodate groups and families, with many of the rooms fully adapted for persons with a disability.

For more information on the range of holiday accommodation in and around the Gold Coast, see the tourism information links.

Fuel and supplies

Fuel and supplies are available at Burleigh Heads and at other centres on the Gold Coast.

For more information see the tourism information links below.

Staying safe

Remember to stay on the boardwalk! Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Goverment.

Remember to stay on the boardwalk! Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Goverment.

  • Bring a hat, shirt, sunglasses, insect repellent and sunscreen.
  • Stay on the boardwalk and tracks provided.
  • Take care of your property and personal safety. Do not leave valuables in parked cars.

For more information, please read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.

Looking after the park

You can help protect the park by observing these guidelines.

  • Please leave all plants and animals undisturbed.
  • Take your rubbish out of the park.
  • Keep to constructed tracks—shortcutting causes erosion.
  • Do not feed native animals—it may cause poor health and sometimes death.
  • Please do not chase or scare the wildlife.

See the guidelines on caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.

Park management

The park promotes the conservation of habitats that support wildlife such as these bridled nailtail wallabies (above) and the shy Lumholtz's tree kangaroo (below). Photo: Jodie Bray, Queensland Government.

The park promotes the conservation of habitats that support wildlife such as these bridled nailtail wallabies (above) and the shy Lumholtz's tree kangaroo (below). Photo: Jodie Bray, Queensland Government.

Photo: Maxime Coquard, Queensland Government.

Photo: Maxime Coquard, Queensland Government.

David Fleay Wildlife Park is a regional park dedicated to the memory of naturalist Dr David Fleay. A valuable asset to Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, David Fleay Wildlife Park combines community education, ecotourism and wildlife conservation.

The park has an active volunteer program that focuses on guided tours for visitors.

Tourism information links

Surfers Paradise Visitor Information Centre

www.verygc.com
Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise
PO Box 7091, Surfers Paradise Qld 4217
ph 1300 309 440
fax (07) 5570 3259
email  

Gold Coast Burleigh Tourism

www.burleightourism.com.au  

For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see Queensland Holidays.

 

Further information

Last reviewed
7 April 2016
Last updated
21 March 2016