I am an artist, teacher and writer, currently travelling Australia.
Published July 16th 2021
Home of our beloved Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin, Australia Zoo is ideal for a family day of fun and adventure. Nestled amongst a lush 700 acres, the Australia Zoo is located in Beerwah, Queensland, one hour north of Brisbane. Around every corner of the zoo is an exciting discovery, with over 1200 incredible animals and unique opportunities to interact with these beautiful creatures, from cuddling a koala to walking a wombat.
Owned by Terri Irwin, the zoo honours Steve's legacy, giving visitors reminders of his incredible work through images, words and videos. The zoo was originally opened by Steve's parents Bob and Lyn in 1970 and is now run by a team of passionate conservationists who aim to educate visitors on the importance of protecting these beautiful species.
The Australia Zoo is home to a wide range of incredible creatures, its exhibits include the Crocoseum, Africa, Tiger Temple, Elephantasia, Rainforest Aviary and Bindi's Island. The Crocoseum is definitely the highlight, drawing visitors for a daily wildlife show where visitors can see the zoo's incredible birds, snakes and saltwater crocodiles and educate viewers about how to understand and protect these animals. Seating 5000 people, the show goes for about 30 minutes, and let the audience get an amazing view of these creatures. The zoo also lets visitors get up close and personal with some of the more friendly inhabitants, through the four walk-through enclosures where you can feed kangaroos and wallabies. Another unique feature of the Australia Zoo is the Wildlife Hospital, where visitors can see the wonderful team of vets as they treat and rehabilitate injured wildlife.
Beyond the wildlife, the Australia Zoo keeps the adventure going, with a variety of playgrounds, a jumping pillow and a water splash park, making it a wonderful place to take the kids. Once you get peckish, the zoo has several food vending stands as well as the 'Crikey! Cafe,' with open-air seating, and a range of food with vegetarian and gluten-free options. The zoo is a wonderful place to stretch your legs, but when they get tired Steve's Safari Shuttle can give you a lift. Visitors can also hire a caddie with a guide to drive you around for the day.
The Australia Zoo is open from 9am to 5pm, 7 days. Tickets are $59 for adults and $35 for children (3 - 14 years) and $172 for a family of four. For further information, visit the Australia Zoo website https://www.australiazoo.com.au