We all know what a lush little paradise Currumbin and the surrounding valley are, right here on the Gold Coast. It’s also safe to say that everyone has, at least once in his or her lifetime, been to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Well, folks, we're here to tell you it's time you planned a return visit!
This Boxing Day, the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, operated by the National Trust, is set to open a brand new exhibition within its grounds dubbed the Lost Valley. Not only will this be a marvel for those who have never visited the sanctuary, but also an opportunity to revisit the park and see some incredibly diverse animals in a one-of-a-kind environment.
This captivating new addition will be wowing spectators from the word go. But what’s so special about this attraction, we hear you ask. The Lost Valley precinct aims to showcase an array of animals that would have once lived together when the planet’s landmass was one big supercontinent—Gondwana. At this time, dinosaurs would have been roaming around too (yet alas, understandably the park has not been able to acquire any of these prehistoric creatures for its new attraction!).
What it does have though, are some very special animals including the world’s largest rodent—the Capybara—that is sure to draw some attention. Together with red pandas, 15 species of birds (with more to follow), not one but two different species of tree kangaroos and, to top that all off, a pair of rather mischievous ring tailed lemurs.
Not sure what a lemur is? Remember Dreamworks’ animation Madagascar? King Julian is surely the movie’s highlight. The cheeky pair will be allowed out to freely move and interact with the other species, inside which is being hailed as one of the largest free-flight walk-in aviaries in the southern hemisphere. The enclosure itself is nothing short of majestic; having been carefully built around the already present trees so as to create a genuine and natural habitat, boasting 250 different plant varieties.
There are gargling streams with walkways, lush fauna and so many little nooks for the wildlife to truly flourish, meaning you the visitor and the animals themselves aren’t simply staring at one another through a piece of glass. Ali Wright, Exotics Wildlife Supervisor for the Lost Valley precinct, tells us she has seen many exhibits around the world but this is truly something special, “The established environment we have here is so carefully put together that I believe it is going to be one of the best lemur exhibits in the world. When I learned about what was going to happen here I jumped at the opportunity to be involved!”
With three years of planning and 18 months of construction almost complete, the sanctuary truly is an impressive addition to an already stellar nature experience on the southern Gold Coast. In our opinion, this isn’t just one for the visitors. We reckon you should give up one of those endless beach days this summer holidays and head on down to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary to check it out!
What: Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary’s new Lost Valley precinct
Where: 28 Tomewin Street, Currumbin
When: Opens Boxing Day
Cost: Adults $50, children 4-14 years $40 (includes full access to sanctuary)
Looking for more things to do in and around Currumbin? We rounded up the best things to eat, see and do here.
Image credit: Supplied by Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary