HistoryWith its foundation in the pioneering days of Gold Coast tourism,
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary has developed into a world-leader in the display
and preservation of Australia’s wildlife and natural heritage.
With hundreds of animals and birds, the Sanctuary is home to one of the largest
collections of Australian native wildlife in the world. Established over 60
years ago, the Sanctuary has attracted millions of visitors throughout its
history and continues to provide opportunities to see and interact with Australia’s
The Sanctuary was established in 1947 by beekeeper and
flower grower Alex Griffiths, who began feeding the region’s wild lorikeets to
prevent them from ravaging his prized blooms. The feeding of the colourful
lorikeets soon developed from a local curiosity to a popular tourist
In 1976, the Sanctuary became aa National Trust of Queensland property. The National Trust of
Queensland is a like-minded organisation dedicated to preserving the State’s
natural and cultural heritage. The Trust continues to operate the Sanctuary on a
not-for-profit basis, with all revenue reinvested back into the park, in
conservation-based research, caring for sick and injured wildlife and public
Originally known as Currumbin Bird Sanctuary, the park’s name
was changed to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary in 1995 to better reflect the
diverse range of animals on display.
While the lorikeets remain a
hallmark attraction, every day visitors can see many of Australia’s
most amazing wildlife species.