Explore the green behind the gold and Australia’s favourite wildlife
If you would love to spend your summer holiday getting up close to all the wild and wonderful animals that call the Gold Coast home, why not visit a few of the region's best wildlife parks and sanctuaries?
Spend the day with these lovable animals, learning all about their history and habits as you soak up the quiet atmosphere in the park.
There's plenty for animal-lovers to enjoy and even more to learn about our furry, feathered and scaly friends, so get your travel plans sorted for your wild summer holiday.
Mantra has plenty of Gold Coast holiday accommodation to choose from, so you can sit back and relax after a day spent visiting the wildlife.
Whether you opt for a resort like Mantra Crown Towers or self-contained apartments like Mantra Coolangatta Beach, there's something to suit everyone.
"Hop on a Segway Safari to experience the park's Forest Walk, taking in a variety of wildlife displays and activities with a helpful guide, or make your own way through the extensive grounds at a pace that suits you."
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
The Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most well-known parks of its kind in Australia.
Home to hundreds of native Australian animals from the cuddly koala to the inquisitive kangaroo, you can definitely get a hands-on experience here.
Currumbin spans 27 hectares of eucalyptus trees and rainforest, providing a natural environment for the many animals it houses.
Hop on a Segway Safari to experience the park's Forest Walk, taking in a variety of wildlife displays and activities with a helpful guide, or make your own way through the extensive grounds at a pace that suits you.
There are plenty of shows and activities on offer, whether it's a photo opportunity with a baby croc or a feeding session at the pelican and eel enclosures. Currumbin is home to a wide variety of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds so you'll never run out of creatures to visit!
If you love being outdoors, a visit to the Tamborine Rainforest is a must. Take the daring Skywalk through the lush greenery of the forest, and see how many of the native flora and fauna you can spot on your journey.
This sub-tropical rainforest is rich in wildlife and also features an aquarium with various freshwater fish, so you can see many different animals during your trip.