A Gold Coast institution and perhaps the most ecologically minded wildlife facility in the region, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is a 70-acre, not-for-profit National Trust Reserve featuring more than 60 koalas and an on-site wildlife hospital. Established in 1947 as a lorikeet sanctuary, it now shelters a wide variety of Australian species, including kangaroos, crocodiles, wombats, dingoes, Tasmanian devils, echidnas, emus, and rare birds. Ride the on-site mini train between the Park's different precincts, or take in one of the more than 10 daily animal feedings, shows, and performances. Currumbin's friendly 'roos (often with joeys in their pouches!) love to be petted and hand-fed, and the fleet of young koalas make for perfect cuddle and photo opportunities. Come at 8 am or 4 pm when the lorikeets are fed, or book a Segway Safari tour (A$45 for 50 minutes). Kids also enjoy the new Blinky Bill show, twice daily. The park also provides return transfers to and from the Gold Coast (book at 07/5534–0879). All revenue goes toward Currumbin's work protecting, treating, and rehabilitating local wildlife. Tickets are much cheaper if bought online in advance, especially in low season.