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Australia Zoo - A Must See When You Visit Australia

Updated on December 20, 2009

A Photographic Tour Of Australia Zoo

Australia Zoo, located in Beerwah Queensland, is the home of the recently departed Steve Irwin, well known around the world as the famous Crocodile Hunter. I have been to Australia Zoo several times in my life, and I was pleasantly surprised that despite Steve's tragic passing, Australia Zoo continues to thrive in his memory and for the wildlife he wanted to protect. I went there last Sunday with friends from Melbourne. The day was awesome and Ralph (visiting) got some great photos, so I thought I'd share the experience and the photos here.

Beerwah is situated in the Glasshouse Mountains. These mountains are a bunch of ancient volcanic rocks that look like glass mountains from the sea. Captain Cook who mapped much of Australia's coastline gave them their famous name. If you ever get a chance to visit Australia, regardless of which city you choose to land in, you can catch a flight to Brisbane, The Gold Coast, or The Sunshine Coast and from those locations the Glasshouse Mountains and Australia Zoo are easily accessible by car or by joining a tour with an operator.

As you drive along Steve Irwin Way (named since Steve's passing) you will pass one of the Glasshouse Mountains along the road. Once you have the seen the Zoo in it's an entirety you must take a drive through the mountains along Old Gympie Road. There are many lookouts that you can drive up to to get a greater panoramic view.

Panoramic View of Glasshouse Mountains

View of one Glasshouse Mountain photographed by Ralph Edgell
View of one Glasshouse Mountain photographed by Ralph Edgell
View from Glasshouse Mountains lookout, photographed by Ralph Edgell
View from Glasshouse Mountains lookout, photographed by Ralph Edgell

Animals Seem To Thrive At Australia Zoo

What impressed me the most about Australia Zoo was that all of the animals that I saw seemed be thriving, well fed and healthy. Their coats shone, their feathers were amazingly brilliant, clean and free of lice or other pests that often inhabit animals in captivity. Their enclosures were unusually large, well kept (clean), and well shaded. The array of plants at Australia Zoo makes you feel as if you've just entered into a tropical garden of Eden.

Two new features at the zoo now, since I visited a few years ago, are elephants and tigers. Visitors can feed the elephants. I'm not sure you'd want to feed a tiger but hey, you can ask.

Elephants and Tigers at Australia Zoo

Tiger at Australia Zoo, photographed by Ralph Edgell
Tiger at Australia Zoo, photographed by Ralph Edgell
Zoo Keeper playing with Tiger at Australia Zoo, photographed by Ralph Edgell
Zoo Keeper playing with Tiger at Australia Zoo, photographed by Ralph Edgell
Elephant taking a bath at Australia Zoo, photographed by Ralph Edgell
Elephant taking a bath at Australia Zoo, photographed by Ralph Edgell
Elephants in their enclosure at Australia Zoo, photographed by Ralph Edgell
Elephants in their enclosure at Australia Zoo, photographed by Ralph Edgell

Even The Entrance Ways Are Mind Blowing

Checkout these photos of the Entrance Ways in the Zoo itself. These are photographs taken near the Tiger and Elephant enclosures. Everywhere you walk in Australia Zoo you find these kinds of surprises. No expense is spared to make these great creatures feel that they are living in their own Divine kingdom!

 

Magestic Statues

Two of these gigantic statues line the entrace to the Tiger enclosure, photographed by Ralph Edgell
Two of these gigantic statues line the entrace to the Tiger enclosure, photographed by Ralph Edgell
Right hand side of Tiger entrance, photographed by Ralph Edgell
Right hand side of Tiger entrance, photographed by Ralph Edgell
The Hindu Elephant God, Ganesh, photographed by Ralph Edgell
The Hindu Elephant God, Ganesh, photographed by Ralph Edgell

Terri Irwin Steps Into Husbands' Shoes

Eight years ago I phoned Australia Zoo in desperation. I was living in the Glasshouse Mountains at the time and I'd found a very sick possum under my car that needed urgent medical attention. All the animal rescue organisations had their answering machines on, but Terri answered the phone when I called.

She sent two guys up to my place and they took the possum back to the Zoo for care. Apparently there was a virus going around the possum community which ate out their eyes. These guys knew all about it and told me they'd do everything in their power to make the little guy well, or at least make his final moments as comfortable as possible. That's when I earned a huge respect for this magnificent woman. It's a load of BS that these guys are all just about money and profits - they aren't. If they were there would be no way they would have sent two of their own staff to pick up that possum, no charge!.

When Terri ran out into the Crocoseum, I felt a rush of emotion and tears welled in my eyes. I couldn't help it. I can't imagine what she's been through losing Steve. And here she was, lighting up the main auditorium with her passion and enthusiasm. She did a great job of performing in the show. Steve would have been so proud.

I'd guess that Australia Zoo has become the place it is today because of Terri. It has that 'woman's touch' about it. I'd been there pre-Terri days and I can tell you the difference between now and then is outstanding. Back in those days there was one little tuck shop and you could walk around it in one hour. These days it's definitely an all day trip, there is so much more to do to entertain children and stomachs are well catered for!

Terri takes it Graham, the crocodile

Terri Irwin showing her bravery with Graham, Australia Zoo's resident croc.  Photographed by Ralph Edgell
Terri Irwin showing her bravery with Graham, Australia Zoo's resident croc. Photographed by Ralph Edgell
Terri Irwin demonstrating how high crocs can leap, photographed by Ralph Edgell
Terri Irwin demonstrating how high crocs can leap, photographed by Ralph Edgell

Birds of a Feather

Earlier I commented how well the birds looked. These photographs support that.

Birds At Australia Zoo

Tawney Owl at Australia Zoo, photographed by Ralph Edgell
Tawney Owl at Australia Zoo, photographed by Ralph Edgell
Kookaburra at Australia Zoo, photographed by Ralph Edgell
Kookaburra at Australia Zoo, photographed by Ralph Edgell
Beautiful birdlife at Australia Zoo, photographed by Ralph Edgell
Beautiful birdlife at Australia Zoo, photographed by Ralph Edgell
Birds at Australia Zoo, photographed by Ralph Edgell
Birds at Australia Zoo, photographed by Ralph Edgell
Ducks at Australia Zoo, photographed by Ralph Edgell
Ducks at Australia Zoo, photographed by Ralph Edgell

And Now For Some Aussie Critters

Kangaroos, Koala bears, and Emus.  We all love 'em! 

 

 

Australian Wildlife

Koala Bear, Australia Zoo, photographed by Ralph Edgell
Koala Bear, Australia Zoo, photographed by Ralph Edgell
Koala Bear, photographed by Ralph Edgell
Koala Bear, photographed by Ralph Edgell
Kangaroo at Australia Zoo, photographed by Ralph Edgell
Kangaroo at Australia Zoo, photographed by Ralph Edgell
Jess patting kangaroo, photographed by Ralph Edgell
Jess patting kangaroo, photographed by Ralph Edgell
Emu at Australia Zoo photographed by Ralph Edgell
Emu at Australia Zoo photographed by Ralph Edgell

Ticket Prices and Other Amenities

Tickets are about $55 per adult and less for children. Children are well catered for at Australia Zoo with lots of rides and children's activities. There are also pony rides they can go on for no extra cost.

Food

Beside the Crocoseum is an outdoor (covered) eating area with every type of food imaginable. Meals average between AU$6 and $10 depending upon what you order. You can get everything from sandwiches, chips, pizza, Chinese and hamburgers. The servings are generous and the food is of high quality. If you don't want to break the bank you can take a picnic lunch into Australia Zoo. I saw Lockers for hire, so if you don't want to lug around your lunch, you can pop back to the lockers to collect it when you are hungry.

They also sell ice-cremes, cold drinks and snacks in various areas around the zoo so your stomach and thirst is extremely well looked after there.

Souvenirs

There are souvenir shops all over the place. Most of the money raised helps the Zoo maintain it's operating costs and the animal rescue hospital. You can also buy insect repellent there - I needed some. The mozzies weren't too bad but I still got bitten enough times for it to be annoying.

Smoking

Smoking is permitted in designated areas of the Zoo.

ATM's

Need cash out? Don't stress. There are ATM machines at the entrance.

Hours of Business:

Open from 9 a.m. to 5 pm every day.

Come Walkabout In Australia

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      Belinda Hodge 7 years ago from Brisbane Australia

      Hi sgphilgoh -thank you for reading in, and yes, the photos are wonderful. If you make it down under let me know.

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      sgphilgoh 7 years ago from Singapore

      Nice hub and nice pictures. Wish I can visit the place one day. Beautiful.

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      Belinda Hodge 8 years ago from Brisbane Australia

      Thank you so much Sibajar - and I hope you make it over here sometime. Thanks for the thumbs up, I appreciate that.

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      sibajar 8 years ago

      Australia looks wonderful, it's on my short list of places to visit. Thank you for this small taste of down under. I give your hub a rate up.

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      Belinda Hodge 8 years ago from Brisbane Australia

      Hi Neil

      Oh gee I didn't know they were running Whale Watching Tours as well. That would be awesome! I'll have to make that another weekend adventure! Hey maybe you should join Hubpages and write a hub about it?

      Belinda

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      Belinda Hodge 8 years ago from Brisbane Australia

      Hi Don, great to hear from you! I promise you will not be disappointed! Hey that's great you are up in Queensland. I hope you are having a lovely holiday.

      Belinda

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      Neil 8 years ago

      Hi Belinda, I must agree with you, the Australia Zoo is a great place to visit, I was up there late October 08 and had a wonderful day wandering around the zoo, being careful not to step on all the lizards that are throughout the zoo, we also went on the Australia Zoo Whale watching tour on 'Crock One' and got some awsome pics of the whales, they are saying the zoo will be soon extended again with another hugh area, a must see if you are in the vicinity.

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      don maher 8 years ago

      Yes I enjoyed this Belinda. I am currently in Qld. Because of your article I will probably go see the Australia zoo. regards Don.

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      Belinda Hodge 8 years ago from Brisbane Australia

      Hey thanks Christine! Great to hear from you. I appreciate your comments. Let me know if you are heading up this way.

      Belinda

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      Christine 8 years ago

      Wow, i enjoyed seeing this and reading this, i had no idea how beautiful it is there in Australia Zoo, and it given me the want, to go up north and visit it all. Thanks so much Belinda, you did an amazing awesome job of setting up a spectatcular page of information and pics. Always in kindness, Christine Lee