Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Back to nature
‘You hold it!’ The dish of lorikeet food is thrust into your hand as a mob of colourful, screeching birds descends on you. Laughing, you try to hold the dish steady as two birds land on your hands and start to peck. You can feel a third one treading on your head. For a moment, the kids just watch, apprehensive of these noisy feathered creatures with their bright green backs and wings, blue heads and red and yellow chests. Finally, one child plucks up the courage to take the dish, and grins with delight as the birds follow.
28 Tomewin St, Currumbin; (07) 5534 1266 or 1300 886 511
■ The Dingo Talk, where you sometimes have the chance to pat a dingo.
The rainbow and scaly-breasted lorikeets you see in the sanctuary are wild birds that drop in for a feed. In fact, the whole sanctuary was started when a beekeeper and flower-grower named Alex Griffiths began feeding wild lorikeets to prevent them from eating his prized blooms, way back in 1947. This developed into a tourist attraction, and the sanctuary was born. Fewer birds come to the sanctuary during spring and summer when native trees are in full bloom, providing plenty of food.
■ The lorikeet feeding takes place at the beginning and end of the day. There is a small extra cost for the bowl of lorikeet food.
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