Thursday, April 22, 2010

Destination #1: Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

My hair! My hair!

To combine my trip review in Queensland and Earth Day this year, allow me to share you my magical experience in Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

Wherever I travel, I will always make sure that I get a glimpse of the wildlife. There are SO many animal places to visit when you're in Queensland. I was torn between Steve Irwin's Australia zoo, Currumbin Wildlife or the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

Admission price comparison;
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary: A$ 44 (walk-in price) or A$ 39.60 ( online)
Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo: A$ 57
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary: A$ 30

It's not cheap to go to any of these places (if you convert AUD to RM, haha), so after a few reviews and consideration, we have decided to give Currumbin a try. It's only 20 minutes from our motel in Mermaid Beach and about 10-15 mins away from Coolangatta airport.

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary proudly hails the tagline 'Get Closer', which really describes what they do - bringing the gap closer between animals and visitors without any bars or fence, although some actually are confined for protection ie. crocodiles, nocturnal critters, insects, etc.

I would advise visitors to check the show times schedule before going to the zoo. I went there after lunch, enough time for me to visit the Koala Talk at 1.40pm. Rather than reading the info sign and observing, you get interactive explanation from the crew. Very insightful indeed!

Yummy...eucalyptus! Malaysian have monkeys, Aussie have cuddly koalas!

The Barking/Winking Owl *woof wink*

Next, is the highlight of the day which I highly advised visitors to go - Free Flight Bird Show. They showcased big, stunning birds and pretty much choreographed the birds to fly pass the audience, which is oh-so-awesome!

Save the birds, save the world :) That's what I could sum up from this presentation. The show was not only an eye candy performance, the MC has also explained a lot of insightful info of how important it is to protect these endangered birds.

Who knew Air Asia is one of the main sponsors for this sanctuary. I brought my flight receipt in order to get some 'discounts' but the reception told us it only applies for Air Asia staff.

This big lizard was out in the open and walking around at this one area of the sanctuary. I get to pet its tail before the crew told us that it bites. Yikes!

You can pet and feed the kangaroos here! These furballs are so tame and laidback. Look at them lazying around.

Had a good laugh when my friend gets to perform Aboriginal dance!

Lucky us, they have 2 sessions of Lorikeet Feeding; one in the morning (8 - 9.30am) and one in the evening (4 - 5pm). Psst, psst! This feeding is held before the sanctuary entrance, so you don't really need to have an admission ticket to participate in this event.

With small amount of donation (you can donate any amount of $), the crew provided us with a steel plate and milk. It took me about 10 minutes of wait to get the bird to come to my plate of milk. I have to basically scoop one bird from nearby 'beggar' (cos that's how we look like).

You're most likely to be pooped on if you're walking around this area. If you're lucky, you might receive the 'clear' poop, otherwise, you'll get something that looks like passion fruit seeds. LOL!

I don't think this photo could describe the after effect of feeding the lorikeets. If it weren't for my 15 years of experience with cats, I would be crying or jerk halfway while feeding the birds. Haha! Man...I really tanned myself being here, judging by the shades of my hands!

All in all, it was a fantastic experience coming here! It was definitely a worthwhile visit and I love seeing the passion and the love that the crew has put in to this sanctuary.

P.S: Turns out to be lorikeets can be found everywhere throughout Queensland. I saw a bunch of them in a park somewhere in Noosa.

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