Get closer to nature at David Fleay Wildlife Park

DAVID Fleay's is a wildlife park with a difference. Koalas nibble on gum leaves, tree kangaroos snooze in between forked branches and a cassowary struts past admiring onlookers, her proud helmeted head and resplendent turquoise neck held high.

A visit to David Fleay Wildlife Park on the Gold Coast is an entertaining and inspiring day out for visitors of all ages and abilities.

Wildlife enclosures are beautifully landscaped to resemble the animals' natural habitats and are easily viewed from a network of wheelchair-friendly wooden boardwalks and wide paths.

Explore the park at your own pace. Glimpse rock wallabies, tree kangaroos, pademelons and crocodiles. Spend time at Wallaby Way, a new free-range area where wallabies and emus interact with visitors. These animals are only fed by Park Rangers so they don't approach visitors for food, something which makes this wildlife experience more authentic and much more enjoyable.

In the Nocturnal House watch Wally, a playful platypus who likes using his waterfall as a water slide. If you stay for the afternoon, you'll learn more about these amazing animals at a Plat Chat and Feed session.

Fleay's Ranger shows are not to be missed. At the Creatures of the Night Show sit in a darkened theatre and watch spellbound as a Ranger coaxes a shy ringtail possum to show her curly tail and demonstrates how a sugar glider flies. Feel the air shift under an owl's wings as it soars low and silently overhead.

Take a break and enjoy morning tea or lunch in Fleays café then take your seats for the Fleay's in Flight show, an entertaining half hour filled with snakes, birds of prey, and a brolga with a story to tell. After Inala the eagle's stunning entrance, Righty and Lefty, two rescued pelicans, amble onto the stage and try to eat as many fish as possible as the ranger talks about why they live in the park. A barking owl soars over the crowd and a huge python has everyone lifting their feet as it slides towards the audience.

However, it is story of T.A. which earns the loudest applause (and the biggest laugh). When the park was undergoing renovations, the metre-high brolga decided the tradesmen, with their utility belts and bags of supplies, looked like Park Rangers carrying food and wouldn't leave them alone. Eventually the workers gave up trying to move the brolga on and dubbed her T.A.-tradies' assistant.  T.A. is still on the job at Fleay's, helping to educate visitors about Australia's unique wildlife.

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