Discover an Animal Paradise on the Gold Coast

Walk on the wild side and meet some paw-fect creatures on the Gold Coast.

The Gold Coast is a spectacular location to meet some of Australia’s very unique wildlife. Whether in beautiful natural surroundings, or one of the region’s famous animal parks, you’ll get to say hi to plenty of cute critters. Here are some of our favourite places to see wildlife on the Gold Coast.


Sea World

Sea World is the Gold Coast’s premier marine park. You’ll see a huge number of marine animals here, and also get up close and personal with some of them. Go behind-the-scenes at Polar Bear Shores, and learn about the polar bears’ impressive abilities, their care at Sea World and the conservation of this amazing species. Take a "Dolphin Deep Water Adventure" and swim with these incredible mammals. On the "Seal Aqua Adventure" you’ll get to swim and interact with seals, as they demonstrate their marvellous skills.

For those after more adventure, try the "Shark Encounter Animal Adventure" where you get to enter the acrylic cage in the Shark Lagoon and watch these amazing creatures as they are fed. 


Paradise Country

Paradise Country

Families will love Paradise Country. It’s an authentic Aussie homestead and farm experience right here on the Gold Coast. Roam at your leisure on the Wildlife Walkabout and hand feed kangaroos and emus. You’ll also see koalas, lorikeets, cockatoos and dingoes.

Then head to the Farmyard and experience a real working farm. Say hi to the cows, horses, sheep, chickens, ducks, pigs and dogs. Kids will love the baby animals in the Animal Walkthrough. Check out their organic veggie patch and have a cuddle with piglets, lambs, guinea pigs, chicks and alpacas. 


Bird feeding at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is home to many creatures great and small. Go behind-the-scenes with a koala encounter and learn about the koala’s features, habitat, reproduction and other quirky little facts. You might like to have a cuddle with a possum, a wild walk with a dingo or have an encounter with an echidna.

You can also take a guided Segway tour around the park and really soak up the surroundings. For those after adventure, take the TreeTop Challenge. There are 80 huge TreeTop Challenges, including 11 insane ziplines—it’s a thrilling way to end your day here. 


Tiger Island at Dreamworld

Dreamworld

The massive Dreamworld theme park is home to rides, attractions and the amazing Tiger Island. Come face-to-face with the jungle’s most fearsome predator and learn about Dreamworld’s work in protecting the species. Be mesmerised by their grace as you watch them glide underwater at the splash pool.

Try a "Tiger Feeding Experience" where you’ll get to chat one-on-one with the tiger handlers and learn all about these majestic animals and how to safely tong-feed a big cat. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience and the only location in Queensland where guests can feed a tiger. 


Fun times at Thunderbird Park

Thunderbird Park

Thunderbird Park is full of thrills and adventures with its high ropes course at TreeTop Challenge and adrenalin ride on the Canyon Flyer, but you can also encounter a few species of the animal kind here too. Go horse riding in the hinterland on an enjoyable trail ride through stunning scenery. Trace the banks along the tumbling creek and climb upwards through majestic ancient gum trees.

When you reach the top you’ll be captivated by breathtaking views of the valley below. Thunderbird Park Trail Rides offers a range of options for both adults and children. Bird watchers will love it here too with a bird feeding session daily at 2 pm. Regular sightings include the rare Albert’s Lyrebird, bowerbirds, butcher birds, wedge-tailed eagles and the beautiful rainbow lorikeets.


Australian Outback Spectacular 

See animals in a different light at the Australian Outback Spectacular. You’ll be amazed by the animal performances in this captivating show. You’ll witness the bravery, beauty and courage of the greatest Australian stories never told in “The Return of High Country Legends.” 

The Australian Outback Spectacular

Roshan Sukhla
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Editor of Where Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and the Gold Coast)