Hello Zoochatters, I live in New Zealand, and in late December/Early January, I will be going on a short trip to the Gold Coast. I have never been to Australia before, and I love visiting zoos and wildlife parks. However this trip is more of a family holiday, and as much as I would love to visit some of the big zoos in Australia like Taronga Zoo in Sydney and Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo, this trip we will just be staying in the Gold Coast. (However I definitely want to make a trip to Taronga Zoo in the future.) So I guess that rules out Australia Zoo which I believe is the closest big zoo to the Gold Coast, just because we don't want to do too much traveling this trip. (Especially around Christmas time.) And after seeing some of the negative comments about Australia Zoo on here, I don't think it would be wise to visit there anyway. We will definitely be doing a few of the Gold Coast theme parks on our trip. There are two theme park pack options; one for Movie World, Sea World and Wet & Wild; and the other for Dreamworld, White Water World & Sky Point. I realise that Dreamworld has some Australian animals and tigers, however I like the look of Movie World's rides better, even though it's a smaller park, so I think I will go with the first pack option. We originally intended to do one theme park & one water park, but I see Sea World is also in the pack so I want to know if it is worth doing; not the ride side of it but the animal/marine part of it. We might not end up going to Sea World, but I thought it would be worth asking for an opinion on it. Then I would like to do a wildlife park. I believe the two main wildlife parks in the Gold Coast are Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, and David Fleay Wildlife Park. We would probably only be able to visit one, so I would appreciate knowing which would be the best to visit. I am looking to go to a park that has a good range of Australian animals, has nice exhibits, and would be suitable to spend most of the day at. If anyone knows anything about anymore wildlife parks/attractions in the Gold Coast, I would love to know about them and if they are worth a visit. Thank you!