Australia’s most famous koala, Blinky Bill, is showing that celebrations get bigger and better with age – hosting two parties this weekend at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary to mark his 83rd birthday.
The character first appeared in our lives back in 1933 as a secondary character in a book by Brooke Nicholls’ called Jacko – the Broadcasting Kookaburra. But the cuddly koala found his own fame when that book’s illustrator, Dorothy Wall, created a number of other books with him as the star.
Since that time his celebrity status has grown, with live and animated appearances on television and film. He’s even lent his name to the blinking light at the top of Sydney’s Harbour Bridge.
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In 2014 Blinky Bill made Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary his home and, this weekend, he’s inviting Gold Coast families to celebrate his birthday with giveaways, prizes and fun activities for the kids.
The parties, on both Saturday 24 September and Sunday 25 September, will start at 12:30pm on Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary’s Green Patch stage. Kids under four years can get into the park for free, and adults just pay kids prices.
While there, families can also explore the recently launched ‘Kids on Conservation Trail’ at the Sanctuary which supports Blinky Bill’s true goal of educating children all around the world about the importance of wildlife conservation.