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Meet our amazing wildlife

Photo: Maxime Coquard, Queensland Government.

Photo: Maxime Coquard, Queensland Government.

In 1951, Australian naturalist, David Fleay, created a wildlife park where visitors could enjoy and learn about wildlife in as close to their natural environment as possible. Today you can enjoy daily wildlife ranger talks and see Australia’s iconic wildlife, from the comfort and safety of boardwalks and in a nocturnal house.

Dr David Fleay has inspired many people to embrace the diversity of our natural environment and its protection. The environmental education and conservation role of the park is just one of his many legacies.

Join us at David Fleay Wildlife Park and be inspired!

Explore different habitats

Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

Spot koalas, pademelons, dingoes and rock wallabies as you stroll along boardwalks that take you though many different natural habitats and pathways that lead you through shady rainforest and tall eucalypt forest settings.

Discover the near-threatened Lumholtz's tree-kangaroo, adapted for life in the trees instead of the ground. They often rest in the forks of branches, so take a closer look—you'll be surprise at how well they are hidden.

See an amazing variety of Australian birds including magestic wedge-tailed eagles, noisy lorikeets, graceful emus and and elegant brolgas.

Spy on our ‘rainforest gardeners’, endangered southern cassowaries (pictured) from the rainforests of North Queensland, busy spreading the seeds of rainforest fruits in their dung.

Take a close look at one of the oldest and most successful predators on the planet—the crocodile. Discover the differences between freshwater and estuarine (saltwater) crocodiles from the safety of the boardwalk that leads you through the park's wetlands.

Visit the nocturnal house

Watch Wally in his watery enclosure as he goes about his normal day's activities. Photo: Maxime Coquard, Queensland Government.

Watch Wally in his watery enclosure as he goes about his normal day's activities. Photo: Maxime Coquard, Queensland Government.

Visit the Bilbies on the Gold Coast. They are a long way from their hot, dry grasslands of outback Queensland. Photo: Maxime Coquard, Queensland Government.

Visit the Bilbies on the Gold Coast. They are a long way from their hot, dry grasslands of outback Queensland. Photo: Maxime Coquard, Queensland Government.

Peek on some of Australia’s rarest and most unusual creatures in the nocturnal house.

Many of our native animals are nocturnal (active at night) and rarely seen but in the nocturnal house, you can get up close and personal with some of these fascinating night creatures.

Meet Wally, our resident platypus. Spend time getting to know him as you watch his playful antics as he forages and feeds, occasionally demonstrating his wet and wild ability to turn a waterfall into a water slide! Platypus are particularly difficult to spot ‘in the wild’ so meeting Wally is a very special experience!

Watch some of our cutest animals, the gliders, at play. You’ll be captivated by the beautiful mahogany glider, once thought to be extinct, that was ‘rediscovered’ in 1989. Since then, lots of effort has been put into producing a strong colony that can be reintroduced to the wild in the future.

See the greater bilby and be delighted by its Easter bunny-like appearance!

Bilbies are endangered and much effort is being made to conserve them. In Currawinya National Park, near Cunnamulla, a 25sq km electrified fence protects the bilbies from their predators.

As bilbies live in the hot, dry grasslands of outback Queensland, this is probably the best chance you will ever have to see these fascinating creatures!

Spy on the endangered Julia Creek dunnart, a tiny insect-eating marsupial with razor-sharp teeth, nimble jaws and lots of personality!

Our nocturnal house is the only facility in the world where you can see this elusive creature from the grasslands of north-west Queensland, including Bladensburg National Park.

The nocturnal house is open daily (except Christmas Day) from 10.30am.

Enjoy ranger wildlife talks

Park map and daily activities guide.

Park map and daily activities guide.

Daily wildlife shows, talks and encounters

Our daily shows, talks and encounters are sure to amaze you so join our experienced and knowledgeable Park Rangers as they introduce you to Queensland’s natural side.

Check out our daily program below or download our park map and activities guide (PDF, 4.1M) for further information.

Time

Presentation

Venue

Description

9:30am

Wallaby Walk

Wallaby Way

Meet some of Australia’s iconic animals as our Park Rangers feed our wallabies and emus

10:30am

Nature by Night

Nocturnal house

Meet our playful platypus and sneak a peek at some of Australia’s rarest and most unusual nocturnal animals

11:00am

Creatures of the Night Show

Nalu stage

Be amazed by Queensland’s nocturnal gliders, possums and owls

12:00pm (September–April, subject to change)

Croc Chat

Ring dam

Crocodile sightings are guaranteed when our Park Rangers introduce you to these amazing predators

12:00pm (May–August, subject to change)

Cassowary Quest

Cassowary Way

Learn why these magnificent and quirky birds may hold the secret to our rainforest survival

1:00pm

Fleay’s in Flight

Amphitheatre

Join our Park Rangers and some of their feathered friends as they tell the story of Dr David Fleay

2:15pm

Creature Feature Encounter

Kauri trees

Experience some of our amazing native wildlife up close. Which animal will you meet today? It’s a surprise!

3:00pm

Tree Roo Talk

Tree-kangaroo enclosure

A kangaroo in a tree! How can that be? Learn about this animal that appears to be a mix of a possum, monkey and kangaroo

Relax in the cafe

Our shady verandah is a popular coffee stop for local walkers and Park visitors. Come and try one of our famous Devonshire teas! The cafe is open from 9am to 4pm every day of the year except Christmas Day and Anzac Day morning.

Birthdays, weddings and venue hire

Our cafe, conference room and peaceful bushland setting make David Fleays Wildlife Park a great place for events, whether special occasions or regular meetings. Have a birthday party with a difference, with your very own Wildlife Ranger and native Australian critters! Why not wedding photos with wildlife! The choice is yours. Please contact the park to discuss your options.

Volunteering

Volunteer with bush tucker garden refurbishment. Photo: Jen Bartlett, Queensland Government

Volunteer with bush tucker garden refurbishment. Photo: Jen Bartlett, Queensland Government

Our volunteers are the life-blood of our iconic wildlife park. Whether as a boardwalk visitor guide, assisting a wildlife ranger to look after the park's many animals (pictured), doing general maintenance or horticulture (pictured), undertaking administration, cafe hospitality or storytelling, come and make a difference and help deliver a great experience for our visitors.

Please contact the park to find out more about our volunteer program.

Last updated
8 December 2017