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 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 min). You can also take a treetops ropes course, as well as visit nearby Superbee Honey World and Surf World Gold Coast, for an extra A$10
with a More Fun 4-in-1 Pass (A$59). Tickets are much cheaper if bought online in advance, especially in low season. The Park also offers return transfers to and from the Gold Coast (book at 07/5534-0879). All revenue goes towards Currumbin's work protecting, treating and rehabilitating local wildlife.