Australia Zoo is a wildlife conservation located approximately an hour and a half north of Brisbane, in Beerwah on the Sunshine Coast. It is was the home of the Australian Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin, and is now run by Terri Irwin. One of the first things that you will notice about the zoo is its size. Currently situated on over sixty acres of land, you will have plenty of places to explore throughout the entire day.
Entry fee is $53 per adult and $31 per child or alternatively, a family of four (two adults and two children) pass can be purchased for $157, saving you $11 on entry fees. In my case, I was lucky enough to obtain free entry due to failing EFTPOS machines!
One thing to note about is the car park. There are two car parks; a small one at the front and a larger one at the rear. Due to the fact that only the small car park is visible from the main road, and is always full, it may deter some people from visiting. However, rest assured there is a much larger car park just beyond the front car park, with lots of parking and still only a very short walk from the main entrance.
Along with all the traditional zoo displays, there are three main Exhibitions at Australia Zoo: Tiger Temple, Elephantasia and The Crocoseum. The Crocoseum is the main stage, capable of seating 5,000, and is used for live animal shows and special performances such as Bindi and The Crocmen.
One of the shows that are held in the stadium is The Wildlife Warriors. Aiming to educate visitors and current wildlife conservation animal handlers present conservation tips and entertain the audience with live animal shows. Some of the animals on show include snakes, birds, and crocodiles. If you’re going to watch one of the shows it might pay off to get in a little early as to get a good seat in shade, as it can get very hot during the day. Another tip for photographers wishing to get some good bird shots is to sit about mid way down the stands towards the outside edges, behind the bars with rope on them, as this is where a lot of the birds on show are trained to land throughout the show. Additionally, the west stand should give you a great view of the crocodile feeding.
I was a little disappointed with the Wildlife Warriors show, purely because the crocodile that they brought out on the day which I was there was not very active. Apart from a couple of leaps out of the water for food, the crocodile just lazed around the pool within the Crocoseum. Similarly, as I had not been there before, so I was not aware of the location where the amazing birds typically landed during the show; missing plenty of great photo opportunities in the process.
Opening hours are 9am until 5pm — You will need the entire day to see all of the shows and have a good look around the zoo. With plenty of things to see and do for both adults and children, Australia Zoo is definitely well worth a visit.