David Fleay Wildlife Park is situated in natural bushland in Burleigh Heads on the Queensland Gold Coast. The park is dedicated to the memory of naturalist Dr David Fleay. The aim of the park is to exhibit Australian native animals in surroundings resembling their natural habitat. The park is administered by the Queensland Environmental Protection Agency as an education facility, to promote conservation of wildlife and provides a range of environmental education programs for schools.
Some of the animals you will see at the park include the endangered cassowary from far north Queensland rainforest, the platypus, freshwater and saltwater crocodiles, Mahogany and yellow-bellied gliders, wedge-tailed eagle, various snakes and birds. David Fleay Wildlife Park is one of the very few places where you can see the rare Lumholtz’s tree-kangaroo in captivity. The Nocturnal House features the Bilby, Platypus, Julia Creek Dunnart and other nocturnal creatures.
During the day, there are various wildlife presentations about Australian native mammals, birds and reptiles. You can wander round the park or join a guided walk with a knowledgeable ranger who will tell you about the animals and plants of the park. Spotlighting tours are available to see the nocturnal animals (bookings required). To make the most of your visit, try to catch some of the presentations. Because the park is designed to present animals in their native surroundings, you may not see them as close up as you would in a more traditional zoo (and there is no kangaroo feeding like you may experience at other wildlife sanctuaries).
Presentations include a water bird talk, cassowary talk, koala talk. crocodile talk and feeding, snake talk and nocturnal animal talk. The Fur Feathers Scales Interactive show features some typical backyard wildlife and is entertaining for children. Visitors can also enter the Koala enclosure for photographs with a Koala (at additional cost).
David Fleay Wildlife Park runs environmental education programs for school group with programs available for students from pre-school to Year 12. The focus of the education programs are on threatened animal species and their habitat. The park also hosts a range of school holiday activities such as ‘How to be a Wildlife Ranger’ workshops catering for children from 8 to 14 years of age.
The park also has an animal hospital for sick, injured and orphaned animals. Every year over 1500 animals are rehabilitated and released into the wild.
David Fleay Wildlife Park is located next to Tallebudgera Creek on West Burleigh Road, West Burleigh. To get to the park from the Pacific Highway, exit at Tallebudgera Valley/Burleigh Heads exit.