71 years ago, industrious farmer, Alex Griffiths, cleverly embarked upon a scheme to prevent the local rainbow lorikeet population from destroying his thriving flower-growing business in the Queensland district known Currumbin.
Griffiths started feeding the native birds an enticing mix of honey and flour as a ploy to lure them away from his crops, which proved to be not only a highly successful operation, but also a much anticipated spectacle for the Currumbin locals.
Little did he realize that one day, his property would develop into a world-class zoological garden, embraced by Queensland Heritage and The National Trust; a property that would achieve national and international acclaim as a showcase for Australian native wildlife, including the operation of a state-of-the-art veterinary and rehabilitation hospital.
Today, Eventalaide had an opportunity to join Tourism Queensland staff to experience firsthand, an amazing world of Australian birds, plants and animals known as the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.
It quickly became obvious why hundreds of thousands of visitors each year pour through the gates of this iconic Gold Coast location- Outstanding accommodation for all the animals, hugely friendly and devoted staff members, a passion for animal welfare, and the existence of a wonderful education program highlighting all aspects of Australian flora and fauna.
A visit to the Gold Coast would not be complete without a visit to this fantastic venue.