If you are thinking of having a Sunshine Coast holiday
in Queensland, you really ought to plan a visit to Australia
Zoo. It's located near the Glasshouse Mountains just
north of Brisbane. With abundant Sunshine Coast accommodation
close by, the zoo is one of the most popular tourist
destinations in the entire country. You may know it
as being the home of the late Steve Irwin, who was better
known as the Crocodile Hunter.
The zoo's history began in 1970, when Bob and Lyn Irwin
(Steve's parents) purchased some land and opened the
Beerwah Reptile Park. The park flourished and in 1980
it was renamed the Queensland Reptile and Fauna Park.
The Irwin family spent much of their time in the 1980s
capturing crocodiles in conjunction with Queensland's
Wildlife Service. The family frequently released the
captured crocodiles back into the wild, but when one
couldn't be released, it found a new home at the Irwins'
park. Eventually the family opened the Crocodile Environmental
Park as well, and it was very popular because visitors
could watch live crocodile feedings. Steve Irwin, the
Crocodile Hunter, became the manager of the park in
1992, and at about the same time the park was renamed
Australia Zoo. It is now one of Australia's top tourist
attractions, and its 29 acres are home to more than
one thousand animals.
Australia Zoo is renowned for its crocodiles and other
reptiles, but it also boasts many other native Australian
animals, and exotic animals, too. Visitors will see
koalas, echidnas, gliders, opossums, dingoes, wombats,
bettongs and Tasmanian devils on the zoo's grounds.
Visitors are not only allowed to hand-feed kangaroos
in an open range area - they're encouraged. African
animals also live at Australia Zoo, including elephants,
tigers, cheetahs and rhinos, and animals from other
regions of the world include foxes, lemurs, and camels.
Reptiles on display range from boa constrictors to alligators,
and there are many different kinds of snakes and turtles.
In addition to the animals, there are many other things
to do at Australia Zoo, and plenty of things that will
keep the entire family entertained. Visitors are able
to get up-close and personal with the animals at the
zoo during the family shows. There even is a show that
lets guests hand-feed elephants. And another show lets
zoo visitors feed camels and see foxes from up close.
The zoo provides the opportunity to see animals behind
the scenes. Although they do have an additional charge,
these opportunities include Wombat Encounters, Cheetah
Walks, Echidna Encounters, Tiger Walks and tours of
the Australian Wildlife Hospital.
You can be sure that you will find the animal you love
at Australia Zoo. With plenty of Sunshine Coast accommodation
to choose from, this great Australian icon is truly
a tourist attraction not to be missed.
If you're considering a Sunshine Coast holiday to Australia's
South East Queensland, you can't afford to miss the
iconic Australia Zoo. With so many family attractions
and things to do, it's a fantastic day out.
About the Author
Roger Laganin runs ocean front Sunshine
Coast accommodation at the Catalina Resort, Maroochydore,
Queensland, Australia where you can relax, play or do
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