The Zoo Where Crocs are King
Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo is a huge complex where visitors can watch the crocs being fed in the "Crocoseum," see a variety of wildlife from all over the planet and catch a glimpse into the Irwin family's love for wildlife. While the ticket is quite expensive, a discount can be found on Groupon and the money is keeping the animals well-fed and happy, as well as contributing towards wildlife preservation.
What You Can see There
If danger is what you're after, head to the "Crocoseum" to watch hungry saltwater crocodiles as they are fed by the world's bravest zookeepers. To the left of this enormous complex, you can find a variety of crocs and gators, as well as the dingoes, cassowary, Tasmanian devils and Kids' Zoo.
To the right of the Crocoseum, kangaroos and wallabies run free along with a "wetlands" area including dancing birds. Above the Crocoseum, you can meet a koala, walk through the Rainforest aviary (my favourite part, obviously), see the birds of prey keeper talk, take notes on which snakes you don't want to see on your next hike and watch the wombats wobble as they walk.
Next up are the red pandas, tigers and "Bindi's Island," where you can meet lemurs, tortoises and this macaw, which snapped at David. Lemurs can't swim, so they roam free on the island. The island also includes a tree house, complete with a boa constrictor and an alligator snapping turtle.
Lastly, you can visit three of Africa's savannah dwellers: zebras, giraffes, and the southern white rhinoceros. A quick hop on the shuttle will have you back at the Crocoseum in a few minutes, where you can visit the Croc Hunter Museum to learn more about the life of Steve Irwin.
For an additional $2 AUD, you can visit the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital. We didn't get the chance to visit, so I've added it to next visit's agenda.
While the Australia Zoo is certainly big enough for a day out with family or friends, I personally prefer the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary near Brisbane, Australia. Lone Pine offers visitors the chance to interact with and see Australia's most famous wildlife, without leaving the park exhausted. While both parks are set in beautiful locations, Lone Pine is more easily accessible by public transportation. Likewise, the price is right at Lone Pine. However, if you are croc or Irwin family obsessed, Australia Zoo is the obvious choice. Either way, be prepared to see some of the WEIRD creatures that call Australia home.
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