Segway tours and koala cuddles – that’s just some of the new fun at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.
When you hear the words “Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary”, most probably think of childhoods spent feeding the bright and cheerful lorikeets. It’s unlikely that you picture visitors rolling around on Segways or getting up close and personal with the koalas in their own enclosures. But that’s exactly how I spent my Sunday at the sanctuary recently, and it was definitely a day to remember.
With a bit of time to kill before our Segway tour at 2 pm, we wandered around the park looking at our favourite Aussie animals. From wombats to wallabies and birds big and small, there was plenty to look at. And because the crowd was dispersed right across this massive park, it was easy to squeeze in everything we wanted to do.
If you’re keen to see the park in a new way, there’s nothing quite like exploring atop a Segway. We rolled around the park behind our leader Seth as he took us to say hello to Boss Hog (a five-metre croc), two dingo brothers, wombats, red and grey kangaroos and a snake enjoying some sun while out of its enclosure.
After seeing some pretty (theoretically) scary animals, we opted for something a little more low-key for our afternoon and headed over to meet some koalas. Led by one of the sanctuary’s many koala experts, we became acquainted with some of the 60 koalas Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary cares for. It’s pretty hard to live in Australia and not have seen your fair share of koalas, but the ‘Koala behind-the-scenes and cuddle experience’ brought
me closer to them than ever before. We got to observe them eating lunch – which, as it turns out, happens many, many times a day – from inside their own enclosure. And as if that wasn’t enough, we then got to cuddle one and capture the whole experience on camera!
While the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary crew still keep up the tradition of lorikeet feedings every morning and afternoon, and the free lorikeet show, they’ve also got tonnes of other activities to ensure your visit to the sanctuary is an unforgettable day out.