Have you heard of the David Fleay Wildlife Park? Don’t feel bad if you haven’t because I had never heard of it either until a few years ago. We first visited the David Fleay Wildlife Park back in 2017 and ever since then we have been spreading the word to friends about this small but beautiful wildlife park on the Gold Coast. We recently paid the park another visit to share this fabulous accessible activity with you all.
The David Fleay Wildlife Park is located in Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast just 25 minutes from Surfers Paradise. David Fleay Wildlife Park is a heritage-listed wildlife park that is owned and operated by the Queensland Government.
The wildlife park was founded by David Fleay, a dedicated conservationist in Australia back in the 30s until his passing in the early 90s. He was the first man to breed platypus’s in captivity and was also one of the last people to have been bitten by a Tasmanian Tiger before their extinction.
The David Fleay Wildlife Park is dedicated to the memory of David Fleay and focuses on community education and wildlife conservation. The park is home to many native animals such as wallabies, tree kangaroos, koalas, bilbies, dingos and rare bird species, it also houses an animal hospital. It is home to many sick and injured animals that are unable to be released back out in the wild such as their beautiful one eyed koala.
The wildlife park attaches itself to the Tallebudgera Creek mangrove boardwalk, which is a 30 minute walk through the beautiful views of Tallebudgera Creek. The track entrance is accessible from the front of the wildlife park entrance ramp. Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to explore the walk during our visit to David Fleay, but I believe the track is wheelchair accessible.
The David Fleay Wildlife Park is open from 9.00am to 5.00pm seven days a week. Admissions prices are $24.70 for Adults, $11.20 for Children, and $16.30 for Concessions. They also accept the companion card for carers. You can purchase tickets at the reception or online at Queensland Government Parks and Forests.
The David Fleay Wildlife Park is wheelchair accessible and is suitable for prams and those with mobility difficulties . The pathways throughout the park are a combination of concrete and timber boardwalks. I had no trouble accessing areas throughout the park in my wheelchair. However, the kangaroo enclosure did have a 3inch bump at the gate entry/exit, which I needed assistance to get over. There are accessible parking spots available in the car park, and wheelchair accessible toilets located in the cafe. The park’s main entrance is via a very long timber ramp (pictured below) Our stroll through the park was very picturesque, and the atmosphere was extremely relaxing and peaceful.
Accessible Parking: Yes
Step Free Access: Yes
Wide Entryways: Yes
Accessible Toilets: Yes
Accessible Seating Area: Yes
Accessible Pathways : Yes
There are a number of shows and talks throughout the day including Wallaby Walk talk, Nature by Night show, Creatures of the Night Show, Croc Chat, Fleay’s in Flight., Creature Feature Encounter and the Tree Roo Talk.
I really loved the bird show Fleay’s in Flight. The bird show has seating spots for wheelchair guests in the arena either right at the front, which is not undercover or at the back which is undercover. The bird show is at 1:30pm everyday (previously it was at 1pm) and is undoubtedly a must see while visiting the park.
The arena overlooks the lake where the birds that call it home come for their daily feed. We met their large pelicans along with several other water birds that wobbled in freely during the show. The ranger spoke about the birds at the park and also brought in some other special guests. During the show, they talked about David Fleay and shared a short story about his life and conservation work. We were lucky enough to meet the large Brolga bird during the show and learn about its trumpet sound mating call which we heard during our visit to the park.
The cafe offers a small selection of hot and cold food along with a small selection of hot and cold beverages, (no soft drinks available) Nicky and I decided on the chicken nuggets and chips with carbonated fruit drinks, while mum went with a cappuccino.
The cafe is accessible with entry from the main reception area. Tables are located inside the air conditioned cafe along with an outside seating area that over looks the park.
If your looking for an accessible family friendly activity but want to avoid the busy ques and crowds of the larger attractions and zoos, David Fleay is a perfect choice! To find out more about David Fleay Wildlife Park check out the official flyer David Fleay Wildlife Park Gold Coast PDF
In my opinion I give David Fleay Wildlife Park a rating of 4.5 for wheelchair accessibility, and a rating of 4 stars for the overall experience.
* I was not financially compensated for this review. The review is based on my own opinion and personal experience.*