Australia Zoo – Crikey!

Is it wrong that as I am sat in the Crocoseum watching the Crocodile feeding, I wonder if the reptile will get the better of Terri Irwin? Probably, but hey it would make for an interesting show!

Coming from Asia, Australia Zoo on face value can seem like a bit of a letdown. I’ve strolled into bear enclosures, walked tigers and put a snake down my shorts. In Australia they tend to have health and safety laws. It makes watching a tiger show from 20 metres away, behind a glass wall seem a little dull in comparison.

I feel that Australia Zoo isn’t really about that though. It’s about one man: Steve Irwin.

The Wildlife Warrior, was and still is, a national icon and the Zoo is a testament to his life’s work. Australia Zoo currently houses over 2000 animals and employs 600 staff. From the staff I met I could tell they loved the work they do.

I can’t say that I knew much about Steve Irwin but having done my research I can see why he was loved and respected so much. A whole host of awards, medals, honours, a professorship along with the foundations, charities and services he either founded or supported just goes to show how deeply he believed in environmentalism and conservation.

The 28 hectare zoo boasts a great array of animals, has a great family feel and has enough shows and attractions to make a great day of it. You can get to the zoo from places such as Brisbane or Surfers Paradise.

Money Saving Tip: Go to Australia Zoo from Noosa!

Australia Zoo runs a free bus service to and from the Zoo from the bus station in Noosa. Ask at any of the hotels or hostels to reserve you a spot. You only have to pay the admission price.

If you go to Australia Zoo be sure to check out the Crocodile feeding and the Tiger show.

Anyone else go to Australia Zoo? What did you think?

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