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Meet our amazing wildlife

Photo: Maxime Coquard, Queensland Government.

Photo: Maxime Coquard, Queensland Government.

In 1951, Australian naturalist, David Fleay, created a wildlife park where visitors could enjoy and learn about wildlife in as close to their natural environment as possible. Today you 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 our natural environment and its protection. The environmental education and conservation role of the park is just one of his many legacies.

Join us at David Fleay Wildlife Park and be inspired!

Explore different habitats

Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

Spot koalas, pademelons, dingoes and rock wallabies as you stroll along boardwalks that take you though many different natural habitats and pathways that lead you through shady rainforest and tall eucalypt forest settings.

Discover the near-threatened Lumholtz's tree-kangaroo, adapted for life in the trees instead of the ground. They often rest in the forks of branches, so take a closer look—you'll be surprise at how well they are hidden.

See an amazing variety of Australian birds including magestic wedge-tailed eagles, noisy lorikeets, graceful emus and and elegant brolgas.

Spy on our ‘rainforest gardeners’, endangered southern cassowaries (pictured) from the rainforests of North Queensland, busy spreading the seeds of rainforest fruits in their dung.

Take a close look at one of the oldest and most successful predators on the planet—the crocodile. Discover the differences between freshwater and estuarine (saltwater) crocodiles from the safety of the boardwalk that leads you through the park's wetlands.

Visit the nocturnal house

Watch Wally in his watery enclosure as he goes about his normal day's activities. Photo: Maxime Coquard, Queensland Government.

Watch Wally in his watery enclosure as he goes about his normal day's activities. Photo: Maxime Coquard, Queensland Government.

Visit the Bilbies on the Gold Coast. They are a long way from their hot, dry grasslands of outback Queensland. Photo: Maxime Coquard, Queensland Government.

Visit the Bilbies on the Gold Coast. They are a long way from their hot, dry grasslands of outback Queensland. Photo: Maxime Coquard, Queensland Government.

Peek on some of Australia’s rarest and most unusual creatures in the nocturnal house.

Many of our native animals are nocturnal (active at night) and rarely seen but in the nocturnal house, you can get up close and personal with some of these fascinating night creatures.

Meet Wally, our resident platypus. Spend time getting to know him as you watch his playful antics as he forages and feeds, occasionally demonstrating his wet and wild ability to turn a waterfall into a water slide! Platypus are particularly difficult to spot ‘in the wild’ so meeting Wally is a very special experience!

Watch some of our cutest animals, the gliders, at play. You’ll be captivated by the beautiful mahogany glider, once thought to be extinct, that was ‘rediscovered’ in 1989. Since then, lots of effort has been put into producing a strong colony that can be reintroduced to the wild in the future.

See the greater bilby and be delighted by its Easter bunny-like appearance!

Bilbies are endangered and much effort is being made to conserve them. In Currawinya National Park, near Cunnamulla, a 25sq km electrified fence protects the bilbies from their predators.

As bilbies live in the hot, dry grasslands of outback Queensland, this is probably the best chance you will ever have to see these fascinating creatures!

Spy on the endangered Julia Creek dunnart, a tiny insect-eating marsupial with razor-sharp teeth, nimble jaws and lots of personality!

Our nocturnal house is the only facility in the world where you can see this elusive creature from the grasslands of north-west Queensland, including Bladensburg National Park.

The nocturnal house is open daily (except Christmas Day) from 11.00am.

Enjoy ranger wildlife talks

Park map and daily activities guide.

Park map and daily activities guide.

Daily wildlife shows, talks and encounters

Our daily shows, talks and encounters are sure to amaze you so join our experienced and knowledgeable Park Rangers as they introduce you to Queensland’s natural side.

Check out our daily program below or download our park map and activities guide (PDF, 1.9M) for further information.

Time    Presentation Venue Description
10.30am Nocturnal House opens Nocturnal House Sneak a peek at some of Australia’s rarest and most unusual nocturnal animals.
11.00am

Creatures of the Night Show

Nalu Stage Discover the mysteries of the animals of the darkness—our gliders, possums and owls will amaze you.
12.00pm Wallaby Walk Wallaby Way Meet some of Australia’s iconic animals as our Park Rangers feed our wallabies and emus.
1.00pm Fleay’s in Flight Show Amphitheatre Join our Park Rangers and some of their feathered friends as they tell the story of Dr David Fleay.

1.30pm

(September — February, subject to change)

Crocodile feeding Ring dam

Crocodile sightings are guaranteed when our Park Rangers pole feed the crocodiles.

1.30pm

(March —August, subject to change)
Cassowary Quest Presentation Cassowary Way

Learn why these magnificent and quirky birds may hold the secret to our rainforests' survival.

2.15pm Creature Feature Encounter Kauri Trees

Experience some of our amazing native wildlife up close. Which animal will you meet today? It’s a surprise!

2.45pm Plat Chat and Feed Nocturnal house

Uncover the secrets of these unusual creatures as our Park Rangers give them their afternoon meal at the ‘plat pad’.

A great place for schools

Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

At David Fleay Wildlife Park we aim to inspire the next generation to protect our unique landscapes and animals. We offer a special environmental education, curriculum-based program for school groups, from preschool to year 12.

Your students will experience Queensland’s natural environment through educational talks, wildlife presentations, interactive experiences with native animals and self-guided walks.

Education sessions presented by our rangers are linked to the Australian Curriculum, QCAA and C2C and can encompass a range of topics including threatened species; habitats and animal adaptations; life cycles and food webs; classification, and biodiversity conservation. Sessions can be held both in the park and in adjacent mangrove habitat along Tallebudgera Creek. Importantly, students will understand the role of scientists in animal conservation and appreciate the motivating life’s work of the park’s founder, Dr David Fleay.

Bookings for school groups are essential and fees apply. For general information about the park's education programs please see the David Fleay Wildlife Park school program information sheet (PDF, 669K). For detailed information about curriculum links please see the David Fleay Wildlife Park Primary School Program (PDF, 1.5M) and the David Fleay Wildlife Park High School Program (PDF, 881K).

David Fleay Wildlife Park offers an enjoyable, affordable experience that gives teachers a great chance to develop many aspects of their educational programs. We want to give teachers the opportunity to see the park and its education programs first hand and entrance fees to the park are waived for you to do this.

If you'd like to talk to a ranger about your next excursion; phone (07) 5576 2411, international +61 7 5576 2411 or email: fleays@npsr.qld.gov.au.

Combine your excursion with a visit to Tallebudgera Active Recreation Centre

Add some extra action to your excursion by combining it with a visit to Gold Coast Recreation Centre. From food chains and circus skills, to life cycles and low ropes—you can mix and match our various programs to tailor one that suits your needs.

Discover Nature Play

Fill your Nature Play passport with lots of stamps when you visit. Photo: Anna Osetroff, Queensland Government.

Fill your Nature Play passport with lots of stamps when you visit. Photo: Anna Osetroff, Queensland Government.

Your adventure starts as soon as you walk through the door. Make Nature Play part of your mission when visiting the park—look for our missions map and be sure to get your passport stamped.

Nature Play Queensland's aim is to increase the time Queensland kids spend outdoors.

David Fleay Wildlife Park offers lots of areas to explore—tall eucalypt trees to look for animal scratch marks, wetlands to spy interesting insects and the many habitats along the boardwalk to spy the many fascinating animals that live there.

Remember to allow plenty of time to complete your fun Nature Play missions.

Junior Ranger holiday fun

Photo: Maxime Coquard, Queensland Government.

Photo: Maxime Coquard, Queensland Government.

Why not book your kids on our popular Junior Ranger holiday activities? The program is packed full of fun, conservation/wildlife activities for kids from prep to high school. Go behind the scenes to see how wildlife rangers care for animals and get up close to some of our amazing wildlife. Stand in the boots of a wildlife ranger and explore the fascinating lives of Queensland’s native animals including reptiles and mammals. Learn what you can do to protect our native plants and animals as a Junior Ranger.

Plan a day out for the whole family; catch the crocodile feeding, watch our two new wildife shows – ‘Creatures of the Night’ and ‘Fleay’s in flight’, take a stroll amongst wallabies and emus, have a picnic watching our beautiful brolgas and end the day exploring the unique world of mangroves from the boardwalks.

For more information about our holiday activities, check out our latest Junior Ranger holiday activity schedule (PDF, 186K).

Our partner the Gold Coast Recreation Centre runs fantastic holiday activities for children and families too.

Relax in the cafe

Our shady verandah is a popular coffee stop for local walkers and Park visitors. Come and try one of our famous Devonshire teas! The cafe is open from 10.00am to 2.30pm every day of the year except Christmas Day and Anzac Day morning.

Birthdays, weddings and venue hire

Our cafe, conference room and peaceful bushland setting make David Fleays Wildlife Park a great place for events, whether special occasions or regular meetings. Have a birthday party with a difference, with your very own Wildlife Ranger and native Australian critters! Why not wedding photos with wildlife! The choice is yours. Please contact the park to discuss your options.

Volunteering

Volunteer with bush tucker garden refurbishment. Photo: Jen Bartlett, Queensland Government

Volunteer with bush tucker garden refurbishment. Photo: Jen Bartlett, Queensland Government

Our volunteers are the life-blood of our iconic wildlife park. Whether as a boardwalk visitor guide, assisting a wildlife ranger to look after the park's many animals (pictured), doing general maintenance or horticulture (pictured), undertaking administration, cafe hospitality or storytelling, come and make a difference and help deliver a great experience for our visitors.

Please contact the park to find out more about our volunteer program.

Last updated
21 March 2016