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Get up close and personal to one of Australia’s biggest icons. Learn about the koala’s features, habitat, reproduction, gum species preferences and other quirky little facts about these gorgeous critters. Meet some of our koala families inside their Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary homes. At the completion of your experience you will hold one of everyone’s favourite little Aussie legends whilst having a professional photograph to capture your experience.
Name: Koala "Behind the Scenes" Experience
Days Available: Everyday*
Time: 11am & 3:15 PM
Price: From $49
Positions Available: 10 Per Session
1 - Please check into Visitor & Member Services at least 30 minutes before start of experience
2 - Children aged 4 – 14 must be accompanied by a paying adult
3 - No strollers inside the Koala enclosures
4 - Children under the age of 4 years of age must be carried by the parent/guardian at all times. For child and animal safety, no child should be left unaccompanied in the enclosure. The parent/guardian may be asked to exit the enclosure should this occur.
5 - No umbrella’s inside the Koala enclosure at any times. In the event of inclement weather, suitable attire should be worn or purchased from Visitor Services
6 - No selfie sticks or flash photography is permitted in enclosure.
7 - All participants must follow all instructions given by the keeper and if they fail to do so may be removed from the program and not issued a refund.
8 - A person may not physically touch any Koala whilst in the enclosure
9 - The program may cease at any given time at the keepers discretion
10 - Hands must be clean and sanitizer will be available both before and after the encounter
11 - All participants are required to answer any safety briefing questions asked by the keepers and must inform the keeper of any allergies/reactions prior to participating on this encounter.
12 - Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary does not take responsibility for any injuries that are received during the experience; first aid will be available on location if required.
13 - An official photograph will be taken during the encounter and will be available 30minutes after the experience has taken place from the photography counter at the front entrance. The price of the program includes one photograph per person.
- Child koala holding criteria -
It is ultimately at the Koala Handlers discretion on the day if a guest can safely and securely hold a koala unassisted. Some guests may require assistance based on the following criteria :
1 - As a guide, the recommended height of a guest to be able to safely and securely hold a koala is 140cm
2 - The size, age, weight and temperament of the koala working on the day is a determining factor to ensure the welfare of both guests and animal
3 - Any other variables as determined by Koala Handler that would compromise the safety of themselves, guest or koala on the day
When a Koala Handler determines a guest will require assistance with holding a koala one of two options will be offered:
1 - A Tree photo. Meet and greet your koala. Koala will safely sit in fork of tree prop and guest can stand next to koala and stroke its back for a professional photo.
2 - Professional family/group photo. Meet and greet your koala. A suitable member of the family/group can hold the koala whilst other guest/s can stand next to koala stroke its back for a professional photo.