Yugambeh dance troupe. Yugambeh dance troupe.

Encounter Aboriginal culture at David Fleay Wildlife Park’s Twilight Experience

The thud of stomping feet vibrates the earth, and the sound of the didgeridoo hangs in the night air as dancers tell ancient stories under the watchful eyes of koalas, cassowaries and crocodiles.

The exclusive Twilight Experience at David Fleay Wildlife Park, nestled in the heart of Burleigh Heads—is one of the most magical and memorable ‘must-do’ family-friendly activities on the Gold Coast.

During most school holidays, the boutique wildlife park next to Burleigh Head National Park opens after dark for an awe-inspiring Jellurgal Aboriginal cultural performance, Park Ranger presentation and wildlife spotlight tour.

This special experience is not to be missed!

Let the people of The Yugambeh language group take you on a journey…

Young Yugambeh dance troupe performer at Twilight Experience show at David Fleay Wildlife Park.
Young Yugambeh dance troupe performer | ©  Daniel Foster

Ancient stories come alive in David Fleay Wildlife Park’s open air amphitheatre under the stars.

Discover one of the oldest living cultures in the world together with The Yugambeh Aboriginal dance troupe—as they take you on a mesmerising journey of storytelling, song and dance.

The Traditional Custodians of the Gold Coast will share with you a Welcome to Country ceremony, demonstrate Aboriginal fire lighting practices, and perform stories of their sacred land and rich heritage.

Yugambeh refers to the language of Aboriginal clans descended from South East Queensland stretching from the Gold Coast North to the Logan River, west past Beaudesert, and south to the Tweed River in New South Wales. Yugambeh people are connected to jagun (country) and feel a spiritual responsibility for every plant, animal, mountain, valley, river and ocean within it.

Traditional customs of these land, river and sea people, passed-down over hundreds of generations tell of local sustainable hunting practices to preserve a plentiful supply of fish, shellfish, crabs and other animals for all future jarjums (children).

This special performance will leave you with a deeper appreciation of local Aboriginal culture, community and connection to the Gold Coast.

Be wowed by the wildlife park after dark

Park Ranger presentation at David Fleay Wildlife Park.
Park Ranger presentation | © Daniel Foster

Get up-close and personal with some furry, scaly or feathered friends in the Park Ranger presentation before exploring the magic of the wildlife park after dark to see what Australian animals get up to at night.

The Nocturnal House will be a hive of activity with platypus, gliders and bilbies out and about. Spot the red eyes of the crocodiles in the waterhole and wander through the forest to see koalas feeding in the trees, as the Park Rangers take you on a spotlight tour.

Learn about the wildlife park’s unique native residents and what you can do to help protect threatened species.

The knowledgeable Park Rangers will share with you the conservation legacy of Dr David Fleay whose passion was to put animals first and create an environment that’s as close to nature as possible.

David Fleay Wildlife Park is committed to conserving Queensland’s endangered species and runs breeding programs for the Richmond Birdwing Butterfly and the Eastern Bristlebird.

Want more wild adventures?

David Fleay Wildlife Park Ranger and child with lizard.
Junior Ranger for a day | Jen Bartlett © Queensland Government

Come visit during the day time!

David Fleay Wildlife Park is open seven days a week with ranger wildlife talks daily.

Is your little one an aspiring Wildlife Ranger? Check out the action-packed school holiday program including the ‘behind the scenes’ Junior Ranger educational experience.

Make a full day of it and take advantage of the on-site picnic facilities, or café and meander along the mangrove boardwalk to Burleigh Head National Park. The friendly Park Rangers will be happy to give you tips for visiting Queensland National Parks in the region, including Lamington and Springbrook National Parks.

Why not combine your visit with a kayak trip on Tallebudgera Creek—there are many hire companies close by or bring your own kayak or canoe and moor it at the park jetty.

How do I get there?

David Fleay Wildlife Park is located in Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast—just 25mins from Surfers Paradise and 90mins south of Brisbane. Parking is free

Last updated: 31 October 2019