Irwin's Australia Zoo Review
Is Australia Zoo worth visiting? We recently spent a full day at the
zoo to find out. Let's take a good look and see if it is.
While the Australia Zoo at Beewah may not have the variety of animals
as some of the country's major zoo's such as Sydney's
Taronga Zoo, what it does have is a range of quality animals in
large enclosures, which panders to the late Steve Irwin's idea that
"If animals are to be held in captivity, then they are to live
The fearsome, man eating, salt water crocodile, is the main attraction
at Australia Zoo, keeping in mind that Steve Irwin was known across
the world as the Crocodile Hunter. Steve's influence is still great
today, with staff referring to Steve in everything they do and everything
Yet Australia Zoo isn't really about Steve, Bindi or Terri,
it is about showcasing the animals and making them as visible as possible
so the public can appreciate and enjoy these fabulous creatures, while
learning of their habits and place in natures chain. The animals are
very much the star atractions.
In the centre of the zoo is the large Crocoseum, where daily crocodile
feeding shows entertain visitors. The show kicks off with a free flight
bird show, featuring colorful macaws, parrots, cockatoos and lorikeets.
Plus the elephants come for a visit and trainers bring out some huge
snakes which simply amaze all.
Then the crocodiles make their entry
and trainers risk life and limb to show you how these fascinating creatures
take their food. This is a very good show, exceptionally educational
as well as highly entertaining.
croc show in the spacious Crocoseum is the pinnacle of any visit, yet
there are other fabulous experiences that are just not possible anywhere
but at the Australia Zoo.
Each morning visitors have the opportunity to hand feed elephants.
Yes, this truly is a magnificent life experience that will never be
Elephants are amazing creatures and in just 11 minutes, hundreds
of visitors can step up and feed these enormous and gentle creatures
some fruit, straight from their hand.
Luckily the staff also provides
a bucket of water to wash your hand, as the elephants do leave a little
snotty residue, which is such a minor inconvenience.
Hand feeding an
elephant is so very special, a little elephant nose snot will never
take away from the gentleness and feel of these fabulous animals. Make
sure you and your child experience hand feeding elephants.
Another hands on experience is the opportunity to pat a kangaroo. Overseas
visitors and children especially love patting kangaroos. The large kangaroo
enclosure contains wallaroos, rock wallabies and many other species
of this iconic Australian animal. You can purchase bags of kangaroo
feed and the roos will take the food from your hand. These animals must
be the best fed kangaroos in Australia.
Enter the Koala Walkthrough exhibit and get up close and personal to
these wonderful and cuddly creatures. If they are in a good mood, you
may be able to give these furry creatures a pat and feel the softness
of their coat.
Koalas are regarded as vulnerable animals in the wild
and are treated like royalty at the Australian Zoo. Another highlight
of the Australian Zoo, pat a koala. Koalas do sleep around 20 hours
a day, so if they are active when you visit, you have been given a bonus.
animals to admire include Platypus, Echidnas, Tasmanian Devils, Cassowaries,
Snakes, Tigers, Red Pandas and many more.
Alligators and fresh water
crocodiles, monster turtles, wombats, snakes and lizards and a special
kids zoo where you can play with goats and other farmyard animals. But
for me it was about the salties and the elephants.
Australia Zoo is an amazing experience, perhaps a little too commercial
for some, yet it is about the animals that are the centre piece.
Irwin did some amazing work toward the awareness of the plight of endangered
animals. His memory and influence will remain strong forever. Kids loved
Steve and they adore Bindi, who is now being presented as the leading
figure at Australia Zoo.
Forget about the hoo-ha and razzmatazz and simply enjoy a very spectacular
zoo where the animals come first, live in large enclosures and are treated
Is Australia Zoo worth visiting? I can't wait for the opportunity to
visit Australia Zoo again!
Getting to Australia Zoo is easy. If self driving, all major roads
are sign posted with directions. Free car parking is available on-site.
There is a free Australia Zoo return bus service, from Noosa, Mooloolaba
and Maroochydore, which must be pre-booked. See your hotel reception
for booking details.
The extensive food court has a large variety of meals and snacks, at
resonable prices, to cater for most appetites and diets. Rest rooms
are clean and in good supply. You don't have to buy souvenirs, but there
are plenty of gift shops with unique Australian Zoo mementos. Roving
photographers are available so you can take home a professional photo
interacting with certain animals.
(The experiences and review posted on this webpage are entirely our
personal opinion. We found all staff
friendly and informative. Interaction with animals a superb experience
and the free bus service from Mooloolaba fast, efficient and safe. We
consider the Australia Zoo a wonderful experience, well worth the admission
price, and a special place for children to learn about animals and enjoy
a hands on outdoor adventure.)