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Plans for David Fleay Wildlife Park

The news of refurbishments to David Fleay Wildlife Park is welcome. This park was handed over to the government, for the people. It’s been rumoured that over the last few years the park has been restricted in its activities and funding

News of providing support and regenerating this Wildlife Park to its former status is good news. My only concern is that they don’t deviate from the original vision that David Fleay intended.
Hopefully their breeding programs will be supported, and additions to their native animal displays will increase. Maybe the people just might save it in the form of ‘Nature Tourism’.
Personally I love the park and like the fact that they are only Australian animals, even now it has a truly Australian feel. When I went there a few months ago I tried to think of myself as a tourist. What would I see? Well I love Australia so I loved it!

Taking me back to my childhood

The birds, the rainforest, the elephant ears (plants) swaying in the breeze. Moon Dam with the crocodiles. You can read my account at this link. It reminded me of when I first came to Australia and the impact of the place, the smell, the heat, and the birds. Coming from the United Kingdom this place was so tropical, so exotic.

Everything was different and I believe many tourists feel the same, sometimes we forget, the aura of the place that surrounds us everyday… we don’t see it.
To a ten year old this country was an adventure and that feeling came back to me when I visited David Fleay Wildlife Park.

It’s not always about the bottom line

David Fleay’s never had a big marketing machine, like Currumbin Wildlife Park, and I hope that doesn’t ever happen. I understand why marketing strategies are needed, but I don’t necessarily like the direction they take. I’m old enough to remember the ‘Bird Sanctuary’ before it changed its direction to survive. 

It’s not always about the bottom-line it’s about preserving our Gold Coast history. Collectively we have a bad reputation of not doing that. Iconic structures have been cleared by bulldozers and faded photos are the only thing that remains. Recently we had Miami Ice disappear forever, a place full of history and memories.
I have fond memories of David Fleay, my father worked at Miami Glass in the 1960’s. David Fleay would come in according to my Dad, who is now 88 years old, and get glass cut for his wildlife displays. He always wore his trilby hat, coat and tie and was always the gentleman.
The next few months will reveal the plans for David Fleay Wildlife Park, I encourage all Gold Coasters to go and take a look at one of the Gold Coast’s iconic areas, along beautiful Tallebudgera Creek and don’t forget to take the Mangrove Walk and continue on to see breathtaking views of Tallebudgera Creek all the way to Ocean Parade Burleigh Heads.

Check out this link for the proposed plans for David Fleay Wildlife Park.

David Fleay in threat of change

Looming changes for David Fleay Wildlife Park An article in the Gold Coast Sun reporting moves for creating a closer link with David Fleay Wildlife Park and Currumbin Sanctuary is of concern. The article goes to report the dwindling numbers of visitors compared to Currumbin Sanctuary. Article from Gold Coast Bulletin One thing is correct… Continue Reading

Mangrove Walk

Mangrove Track and Tallebudgera Creek Conservation Walk Tallebudgera Conservation Park walk is not well known, it’s part of a network of bushwalks around beautiful Burleigh Heads, and there are two options to access this walk. Where is this Mangrove Track? Access From David Fleay Wildlife Park Ocean Parade, Burleigh Heads Distance Approximately 2.8km return Hat,… Continue Reading

A Real Australian Experience

David Fleay Wildlife Park – West Burleigh The first thing you notice when you arrive at David Fleay Wildlife Park is the tranquillity of the location and next is the ramp. It’s a very impressive structure and looks like it would facilitate bus loads of people.   The park is a about 7.45 ha not… Continue Reading

Tallebudgera Creek Track Downgraded

Tallebudgera Creek Track Downgraded

It’s been four long years since the Tallebudgera Conservation walk which continues on from David Fleay Wildlife Park Boardwalk to Ocean Parade Burleigh Heads was closed but news of this public walking track reopening is wonderful. Public Access Restricted However there is a downside to this reopening, this walking track originally had disabled access, but… Continue Reading