Bindi Irwin

Australia Zoo

Australia Zoo is the passionate vision of Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin and his wife Terri and is the Ultimate Wildlife Adventure! Located just an hour north of Brisbane on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, Australia Zoo has a team of passionate conservationists working around-the-clock to deliver animal experiences like no other. Every dollar you spend at Australia Zoo supports conservation projects around the world. Nestled on more than 110 acres and with more than 1200 amazing animals, the park is open daily from 9am -5pm.

Make sure you take advantage of some of the many wildlife encounters on offer. You can book these ahead of your visit to ensure you don’t miss out. The Rascally Red Panda Encounter allows you to experience these fluffy soft creatures that usually live in the Himalayan Mountains. You could also take a walk with the Sumatran tigers and their handlers through the park…something you don’t get to do every day! If you love the cheeky little meerkats you can get to meet these too. Everyone’s heart melts at the sight of a koala, so why not get to cuddle one and learn how these beautiful creatures develop. You can also get up close and personal with a giraffe, wombat, tortoise, echidna,  otter, komodo dragon and even a rhino!

Australia Zoo Elephants

Elephantasia

Conservation Shows are on throughout the day so you can schedule in time with your favourite beast. The tropical ‘Elephantasia’ is where zookeepers introduce you to the wonderful Sumatran elephants. Watch and experience first-hand as these majestic mammals show off their impressive dexterous trunks and playful nature. These Sumatran elephants are herbivores and their trunk and large molars enable them to gather and process between five to ten percent of their body weight in vegetation per day, including grasses, leaves, fruit and bark. Elephants do not drink with their trunks; they use them as ‘tools’ to drink with. Consuming up to 200 litres of water each day, a Sumatran elephant will fill its trunk with water and then pour the water into its mouth. These creatures get to enjoy the many acres available to them at Australia Zoo.

Australia Zoo Crocoseum

Crocoseum

One of the highlights of your visit will no doubt be showtime in the Crocoseum. The Wildlife Warriors Show will get you exposed to a variety of creatures including birds, snakes and of course the frightening crocodile in all its snapping glory. The zookeepers will teach you more about these  amazing animals in the world famous Crocoseum! Let yourself enjoy the slithering, swooping, jaw-snapping adventure offered by  these animals. The staff at Australia Zoo are tackling the world’s conservation issues in their quest to protect the animal kingdom, and want you to join their army of Wildlife Warriors.

Australia Zoo Tigers

Tiger Temple

Pay a visit to the Tiger Temple, which is home to the magnificent Sumatran and Bengal tigers! This is where you can get up close and personal with these magnificent felines. The Temple is built to resemble an ancient south-east Asian temple, with two massive Thai dogs at the entrance, several Balinese huts and bamboo galore! Playing within this  80 metres of lush surroundings, the tigers can run and swim to their heart’s content! The expertly trained tiger handlers ensure the tigers are entertained with a vast selection of toys and the Temple showcases the only underwater viewing enclosure for tigers in the southern hemisphere.

Australia Zoo Zebra

African Savannah

The African Savannah is the place to spot a variety of different species from this region of the world. Living here you will see rhino, zebra and giraffe, and of course those cute little meerkats! You may also catch a Cheetah on their walk each day. The zebra is currently listed as a near threatened species. You can even adopt one of these incredible looking creatures which are a close cousin to horses and donkeys. If you wish to carry out an animal adoption this will be a single payment and lasts for 12 months from the date of purchase when you can choose to renew.

Australia Zoo Croc

Sponsor a cocodile

There are lots of ways to help the conservation fight. If you have an attraction to the reptilian giants you can sponsor your very own crocodile! What a unique gift for someone with a fondness for these mighty creatures! The Australia Zoo team travel to Steve Irwin Wildlife reserve in Cape York and carry out valuable research into the saltwater crocodile. By getting involved, you not only help with the quest to find out more on these creatures, you also get to name your crocodile. The saltwater crocodile is the king of all 27 species of crocodilian. They grow to be the largest and most fierce  reptile on the planet! They are also a direct link to our prehistoric past and have been on the planet unchanged for over 65 million years. These impressive carnivores are capable of reaching up to seven metres in length and weighing over 1,000 kilograms. Something to marvel at from a distance!

Australia Zoo wildlife hospital

Wildlife Hospital

For the small cost of a bag of food, you can enjoy feeding the Aussie kangaroos – there are red and  grey kangaroos, rock and swamp wallabies all located within Roo Heaven. These Aussie icons are extremely tame and used to having people around so make sure you get to know them.

One of the amazing opportunities on offer at Australia Zoo is the ability to be a Zoo Keeper for a day! This is a must do for kids aged 4 – 16 who have a penchant for wildlife. Kids will learn what a day in the life of a Zoo Keeper holds. From finding out how to prepare the animals’ food to how humans can assist in their entertainment and play. Kids are also given lunch to round out their experience and meet like minded friends.

Australia Zoo provides a much needed sanctuary for the over 100 species of animals in their care. It also allows them the opportunity to educate the public about conservation and research all benefitting the protection of these animals in the wild.

Another stop on your day would have to be the Wildlife Hospital. Here you can appreciate the incredible work that the veterinary staff do to save and treat wildlife both from the area and the park. Opened in 2004 the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital has treated and released tens of thousands of sick or injured native animals.

Make sure you get to visit Australia Zoo on your next Sunshine Coast trip. You can Download the map so you know what you want to cover ahead of your visit. You can also pre purchase your tickets HERE

VL

November 2022

Best zoo Australia has to offer!!! Highly recommend everyone head to Australia zoo when they can. The shows…the Irwin’s!! Simply amazing. We went on Steve Irwin day!! Best day ever!!!

Christopher Doman

October 2022

Lots to see, lots to do. Photos with animals aren't going to cost you an arm and a leg... Unless you take one yourself with the Crocs... The food is really pricey. Animals seem happy and looked after well.

Carol Faust

September 2022

The absolute best zoo experience!!
I have never visited a zoo before where all the animals looked engaged, happy, and healthy. The people that work with the animals were approachable, knowledgeable, and super friendly!! Plus there was alot of space for the humans to walk around and enjoy the park, and enjoy the experiences.

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Zoe Abrahams

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Zoe has worked in the Gold Coast tourism industry for nearly 20years and is the marking manager for Aquaduck Gold Coast, Aquaduck Sunshine Coast, Southern Cross Tours and Gold Coast Sunset Cruise.

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