2014 Family Holiday Day 5: Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary & Eat Street Markets

Daniel can finally join my family on their holiday so we head out to Little Larder for a good breakfast before heading down to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary:

Our previous visit to Little Larder was just 7 days ago but because the portion was big with fast service, I decided to bring my family back. πŸ˜‰

After breakfast, we drove 1.5 hours to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary (didn’t expect to take so long – some road works were going on 😦 ), where we paid only $20 for admission instead of $49. πŸ˜›

This is the daily show time table from Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, but we missed a good majority of them (because of my poor planning 😐 ):


(Click here to download)

Maybe because we have quite a fantastic zoo in Singapore, my family’s aim in going to a wildlife park in Australia is to get close to koalas and kangaroos as well as take a look at some animals native to Australia, so these were our stops for the day (number as stated on map):
1. Koala Photos
2. Tasmanian Devils (32)
3. Kangaroos & Emus (30)
4. Rock Wallabies (31)
5. Aboriginal Dance Arena (35)
6. Salt Water and Fresh Water Crocodiles (25 and 26)
7. Cassowaries (27)
8. Tree Kangaroos (29)
9. Koalas (22)
10. Wombats (23)
11. Dingoes (21)
12. Echidnas & Aviary (17)
13. Conversation Aviary (15)

That’s the koala we would be taking a photo with:

Cheryl was pretty thrilled to be able to carry a koala!

Cheryl was instructed, β€œStand still and she’ll think you’re a tree.”
By the way, a koala is not a bear. πŸ˜‰

Grandpa Teo and koalas:

Can you spot the Tasmanian Devil?

Do you know that the Tasmanian Devil is the only carnivorous marsupial (a class of mammals which carry their young in a pouch) and is native to Australia?
In 2008, the species was declared endangered because of the Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD) which significantly reduced the devil population since 1990s. DFTD is extremely unusual as it is only one of three recorded cancers that can spread like a contagious disease. The tumour/cancer is passed from devil to devil through biting. The tumours interfere with feeding and the affected animal may die an agonising death by starvation within only a few months. Once the cancer becomes visible, it is always fatal.

This kangaroo really liked being patted:

Look at what the kanga did after Grandpa Teo stood up! Haa!

The kanga knew how to pose for the camera too! πŸ˜›

In the ‘Rock Wallabies’ enclosure, there was a rock formation which looked like a toppled car:

A ranger-guide who was with us told us that that was indeed a car!


Although wallabies and kangaroos look alike – both belong to the same family of macropods and marsupials, are native to Australia and have strong hind legs with their only mode of locomotion being jumping.
However, they are also different (size, shape of heads and where they are found in the wild) –
kangaroos are usually larger and more heavy-set while wallabies are smaller and more manoeuvrable;
kangaroos square-shaped heads and broad-square snouts while wallabies have cone-shaped heads and narrow-pointed snouts;
kangaroos live in grassy plains but wallabies usually live in forested areas.

Even though the wallabies were cuter in size, they were too shy to interact with us and we soon returned to the more sociable kangaroos…

Uncle Derrik was saying that they’re really gluttonous!

Mummy Tay wasn’t feeling too at ease feeding them! πŸ˜›

She got better though πŸ˜‰

Grandpa Teo was obviously enjoying himself feeding the kangaroos…

We realised that when we hold food at waist-level, the kangaroos stand up to feed and even hold onto our hands!

Cheryl enjoyed feeding the kangaroos…

Until a duck hijacked the feeding…

Cheryl also tried to get the kangaroo to stand:

I am really thrilled to have my sister here with me!! πŸ˜€

I told Uncle Derrik that it feels funny feeding ducks, so he decided to try:

It was quite funny a feeling indeed!

Mummy Tay decided to try too:

So did Grandpa Teo! πŸ˜›

Look how high the kangaroos would go to get food!

Grandpa Teo wanted a photo with the emus but failed:

Next, we headed for the 330 pm Aboriginal Dance Show:

They could get fire started by rubbing wood together:

We walked by ‘Wild Island Adventure Playground’ (47) before getting to the crocodile wetlands (25 and 26):

Grandpa Teo finally managed to get a photo with an emu before we entered crocodile wetlands!

Find Mr. Croc:

This is a cassowary, the third tallest and second heaviest living bird, smaller only than the ostrich and emu.:

This is a tree kangaroo, the only true arboreal member of the kangaroo family:

It is really agile:

It looked really professional getting down a tree!

Walking on, we ended up at a koala sanctuary, where mothers nursed their babies:

Dingoes, free-ranging dog but classified as a subspecies of grey wolf, are really majestic looking:

If my memory doesn’t fail me, it was when we were at Featherdale Wildlife Park last year that we were told that a dingo, if not locked up properly, can easily wipe out enclosures of animals over the course of a night!

Before we left Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Mummy Tay decided she wanted a photo with a muscular kangaroo. πŸ˜›

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
28 Tomewin Street
Currumbin
QLD 4223
Tel: +61 (07) 5534 1266
Hours of Business: Open 7 days a week – 8am to 5pm
Note: Closed on Christmas Day and ANZAC Day

After our afternoon at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, we headed to Eat Street Markets for dinner and to let my family immerse in some Aussie-night market culture:

We ordered food from various stalls to share but this is my favourite, Hungarian Bread:

I also love the punny signs they had up:

We shopped around a little but didn’t stay too long at Eat Street Markets because it was really windy and cold 😦
Nonetheless, they enjoyed themselves immersing in the night market-culture for a little. πŸ˜‰

Eat Street Markets
Macarthur Avenue
Hamilton
QLD 4007
Hours of Business: Fridays and Saturdays – 4pm to 10pm,
Sundays – 10am to 7pm

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