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Southern Gold Coast History – Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Posted on Tuesday, March 01, 2016

It’s now one of the most iconic attractions on the Gold Coast and a major drawcard for international tourists to our region, but the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary has come a long way from its original intent in the back yard of founder Alex Griffiths.

Hailing back to 1947, beekeeper, flower grower and Currumbin resident, Alex Griffiths, started feeding wild lorikeets on his parents’ land in Tomewin Street. The original intent was to keep the lorikeets from eating his prized blooms, however the feeding soon became a popular local tourist attraction and by the mid-20th Century, Currumbin Bird Sanctuary was born.

In 1976, the founder Alex Griffiths gifted the Sanctuary to the people of Queensland via the National Trust, a like-minded organisation dedicated to preserving the states natural and cultural heritage.

The name was changed to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary in 1995, to better reflect the broad range of animals which found their home at the park.

Today, the heritage listed sanctuary continues to operate on a not-for-profit basis, with all funds going back into the park to fuel research, public education and the caring of sick and injured wildlife.

While the lorikeets continue to attract crowds twice daily, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary not only gives people the opportunity to see a range of Australia’s wildlife species but to also interact with them.

With a long and rich history, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary has become engrained in the everyday life of Southern Gold Coast culture.


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