28 Tomewin St, Currumbin QLD 4223
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is a heritage-listed zoological garden at 28 Tomewin Street, Currumbin, Queensland, Australia. It was built in 1947 onwards. It was added to the Queensland Heritage Register on 18 September 2009. The sanctuary is world-renowned for its feeding of huge flocks of free-flying wild rainbow lorikeets, which come to the sanctuary to feast off the special mixture which the lorikeets eat.
The multitude of events, shows and attractions include dingo encounters, free flight bird shows and feeding of the park's massive saltwater crocodile. The park also contains a serious aspect of its work and exhibits, and behind the scenes includes a state-of-the-art veterinary and rehabilitation hospital.
The sanctuary was opened as the Currumbin Bird Sanctuary by Alex Griffiths in 1947 as a scheme to stop the local lorikeet population destroying his flower plantations. The lorikeets still flock to the sanctuary twice daily to be fed by visitors. The sanctuary now houses one of the largest collections of Australian native species in the world. Exhibits include Tasmanian devils, a reptile house and the largest walk-through aviary in the Southern Hemisphere. The sanctuary also has a miniature railway that has been operating since 1964. In May 2011, the hospital has appealed for donations and government support as it faces a funding shortage that may force it to turn away injured wildlife.
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Gold Coast Airport
Gold Coast Airport (formerly known as Coolangatta Airport) (IATA: OOL, ICAO: YBCG) is an international Australian airport located at the southern end of the Gold Coast, 25 km (16 mi) south of Surfers Paradise and approximately 100 km (62 mi) south of Brisbane. The entrance to the airport is situated in the suburb of Bilinga near Coolangatta. The runway itself straddles the state border of Queensland and New South Wales. During summer these states are in two different time zones. The Gold Coast Airport operates on Queensland Time all year round (year-round AEST / UTC+10).
For the 2015–16 financial year, Gold Coast Airport exceeded 6 million passengers. It is the sixth-busiest airport in Australia, and the busiest outside a state capital, in terms of passengers, and eighth-busiest in aircraft movements. It is also the third-fastest-growing airport in the country.
28 Tomewin St, Currumbin QLD 4223
Friday Night Sanctuary Markets: Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Feeding time at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary took on a new meaning with the introduction of a Local and International Food and Craft Market, the Sanctuary Markets, which commenced on September 5, 2014.
The Market operates on The Village Green’s new deck section of the Sanctuary and incorporates a wide variety of International Foods, such as Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese, Brazilian, Turkish, Venezuelan, South African and Chilean, craft stalls in the undercover area of the Green and a produce market selling Asian greens, fresh produce, eggs and Australian Seafood in the Sanctuary’s car park. Food can be eaten on site or taken away.
- The venue is fully licensed with the Sanctuary operating the bar and features Burleigh Brewery’s boutique beers and Sirromet Wines.
- Musical entertainment is also another feature of the Market and will showcase the talent of local musicians.
- The Market is very family orientated and any funds the Sanctuary generates will go back towards its operation in Currumbin.
- Free off-street car parking is available.
Due to Quarantine Regulations no pets are permitted within the confines of the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Street Food Precinct.