Visitors to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary will now taste the Australian outback with the opening of the new multi-million dollar precinct Outback Springs.
The new experience is set within the Kangaroo Country precinct of Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. It features a re-creation of a traditional outback Queensland farming station. Visitors can enjoy up-close animal encounters and authentic outback experiences such as billy tea demonstrations and gemstone panning.
“The opening of this precinct is the first stage of the most significant precinct investment to the Sanctuary in its 75-year history. Outback Springs is a rustic outback experience for all ages to enjoy,” said Travis Couch, General Manager of Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.
“This coming year, we will welcome over half a million guests to the Sanctuary from all over the world. We want them to be able to experience life in the Queensland outback without leaving the Gold Coast,” said Mr Couch.
“We have new habitats of outback species such as the death adder and native spiders. As well as some cute new arrivals like chickens and miniature goats,” said Mr Couch.
“Visitors to Outback Springs will feel like they’ve been transported to an outback station. With a working windmill, chickens wandering free range, tractors, a fire pit and a bush tucker garden.”
Outback Springs at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary will expand further
Mr Couch said Outback Springs will also be expanded in the coming months.
“Stage two will see the opening of The Homestead in mid-next year, a contemporary interpretation of the traditional Australian ‘Queenslander’ architectural style commonly found on outback stations, farms and rural estates. This state-of-the-art dining and event space invites visitors to experience flavours of the Australian outback in a modern environment.”
“We’re excited to open this new precinct just in time for the busy holiday season as we prepare to welcome thousands of new visitors to the Sanctuary.”
“This has been a long time coming. We’re thrilled to welcome members and guests of all ages to enjoy this unique experience.”
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary quick facts:
- Bee and flower keeper Alex Griffiths opened Currumbin Bird Sanctuary in 1947 as a lorikeet feeding display, protecting his prized blooms from the birds. Today, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary still offers lorikeet feeding twice daily, an experience open to all members of the public.
- Currumbin Bird Sanctuary was gifted to the National Trust of Australia (Queensland) in 1976 and was officially renamed Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary in 1995.
- The Sanctuary participates in 15 conservation programs for threatened and endangered species.
- Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is home to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital. It admitted more than 14,000 wildlife animals last year, including almost 400 koalas.
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