If you’ve eaten your fill of Christmas leftovers and are looking for a way to entertain the whole family that isn’t falling asleep in front of the Boxing Day Test, head on down to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, where a huge new wildlife sanctuary opens today.
The Lost Valley is perched on five hectares of tropical rainforest and boasts some of the world’s most unique flora and fauna. Here, visitors are taken on a journey through the ancient supercontinent Gondwana, where they’ll encounter exotic species like Ring Tail lemurs, Cotton-top tamarins, red pandas, and capybaras.
It’s a tribute to the Gold Coast Hinterland’s real Lost World Valley, which is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage-listed area formed by expansive reserves in both NSW and QLD.
Gondwana was once covered by rainforest vegetation, which is the most ancient type of botanical species in Australia. In fact, only a few places on the planet still boast flora and fauna that so closely resembles their ancient ancestors.
And, the best part is, you’ll get to take in all that the beautiful sanctuary has to offer. It’s open daily from 8am to 5pm, and tickets start at $49.95 for adults and $39.95 for kids.
How To Get There
- Fly into Coolangatta Airport
- Walk 240m to Golden Four Drive near Johnston Street
- Take the 700, 760 or 768 towards Broadbeach Station
- Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, 28 Tomewin Street, Currumbin
(All images courtesy of Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary)
Kristen Amiet is a previous AWOL editor, bona fide travel addict, sometimes whisky drinker and full-time breakfast food enthusiast.