I’m sure you will have already heard of Australia Zoo here in sunny Queensland, and the legacy that Steve Irwin left at this amazing Australian iconic destination just outside of Caloundra up on the Sunshine coast
I headed out there one hot sticky summer day, with my 10 year old who is a very keen animal lover and has been longing to go for a while now. It was just the 2 of us, along with a few coach loads of other wild life warrior’s. My backpack was filled with water and food, we were good to go ( Yes you can bring your own picnic in which I just love ) !
We had pre booked our entrance tickets online which made the entrance process pretty quick, which was great.
Once you are in, the park is pretty big and you can choose how you want to get around it, either by taking the little train which potters around to all the main points, or you can hire a golf buggy for the day, and of course you can walk. Which is exactly how we started off.
We had already had a look at the map online at home so we knew vaguely where we wanted to go and what we wanted to see and of course there are several live shows throughout the day featuring different animals. So we made sure we would be in the right place at the right time. For us this meant making sure we saw all the birds of prey events as these are number one of his list.
But there are some amazing animals here not just crocodiles, koalas and kangaroos. They have now added Africa with giraffes, ( my favourites ) rhinos and zebras. There are the Limas on Bindis Island, Tigers and Camels and soooo much more.
The birds are fabulous and the reptiles enough to make your skin crawl ( or is that just me 🙂 )
The main show of the day is around mid day ( make sure you check times on the day you visit ) this is held in the main crocoseum and is definitely worth it, where you get to see all those awesome crocs as well as a great display of others too.
We sat and ate our picnic here so worked out perfectly. If you don’t feel like bringing your own lunch, no worries as there is a huge food court with something to suit everyone, as well as numerous snack shacks all over the park to buy ice creams and cold drinks whenever you fancy.
There truly is so much on offer here and plenty to keep the family entertained all day as well as an amazing array of animal experiences to try ( sadly they all cost money ). So well worth having a look at their site before you go and planning your day, and your budget. Before you get caught out when you arrive .
As I mentioned we walked all over the park, which was actually really lovely ! although very sweaty phewww 🙁 . We did make use of the train though to bring us back for the main show at lunch time, which was a welcome break.
We chose not to do any of the animal encounters this time, but were happy with just being able to see them and watch them. The one thing I did pay for, was for my man to hold a black cockatoo which was the highlight of his day. He now has his heart set on being a zookeeper for the day 🙂 which is a whole day experience which run throughout school holidays and cater to different age groups. You can prebook these for any wild life warriors you may have in your household
On our way out we also took a trip over to the animal hospital which was well worth it ( you can chose to add this option when you arrive ) The work these guys are doing to help these injured animals is amazing !
All in all a fabulous day with so much more to offer for another trip, and if like me you have a wildlife lover then maybe even think about getting a season pass.
The Joy Girls xxx