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Australia Zoo

Cuddle a koala, feed kangaroos or watch a crocodile show at this famous wildlife park, the former playground of the late crocodile hunter Steve Irwin.

Australia Zoo is a good place to see the iconic wildlife of “Down Under,” such as pouched marsupials and scaly reptiles. What makes the zoo so unique is that the world-famous crocodile wrestler Steve Irwin called it home. Come and see his legacy: a thrilling Australian animal kingdom that also includes species from around the globe.

Irwin’s parents started a local wildlife sanctuary in the 1970s. Young Steve showed amazing reptile-handling skills and later became world famous as the “Crocodile Hunter.” With his American wife Terri he expanded the reserve to include international species. The wildlife warrior was fatally wounded, not by a croc but by a stingray barb, in 2006. Terri now runs Australia Zoo and their kids Bindi and Robert appear in Crickey! magazine, in TV shows and on merchandise.

Start with visiting Australia’s unique creatures. Enter the kangaroo enclosure to feed the docile marsupials; they might be carrying a cute joey in their pouches. Also check out the fat wombats, growling Tasmanian devils and cuddly koalas. A highlight is the Crocoseum, where handlers feed and play with enormous “salties.”

At the Tiger Temple, you can see endangered Sumatran and Bengal tigers swim underwater from the special viewing area. Next up is the African Savannah, where zebras, giraffes and rhinos share one arid enclosure. The zoo also houses predatory birds, deadly snakes, Komodo dragons, cheetahs and many more species.

Take a tour of the on-site animal hospital or attend one of the handling and feeding demonstrations. There are also guided tours, including a Platinum Adventure, which includes behind-the-scenes animal encounters. These activities all have an extra fee.

Australia Zoo is on Steve Irwin Way in Beerwah, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of Brisbane. Get there by car, train or bus. Or, there’s the option to buy a ticket that includes your admission plus transport to and from the zoo on special coach. The zoo is open daily except major public holidays. You pay extra for personal wildlife encounters, but proceeds go towards animal conservation.


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Steve Irwin Way, Landsborough, QLD
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Landsborough, this cabin is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Landsborough Museum and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Australia Zoo. Dularcha National Park and Dularcha National Park are also within 2 miles (3 km). Landsborough Station is 8 minutes by foot.

    Beerwah Ideal 1 Bed Apartment, Pet Friendly and Only 5 Minutes to Australia Zoo £57
    Beerwah Ideal 1 Bed Apartment, Pet Friendly and Only 5 Minutes to Australia Zoo

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    Beerwah, QLD
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Beerwah apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Glasshouse Mountains National Park and Beerwah Forest Reserve. Australia Zoo is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) away. Beerwah Station is 20 minutes by foot.

      Beerwah Ideal 2 Bed Apartment - Pet Friendly and 5 Minutes to Australia Zoo £67
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      Beerwah, QLD
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Beerwah apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Glasshouse Mountains National Park and Beerwah Forest Reserve. Australia Zoo is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) away. Beerwah Station is 20 minutes by foot.

        Australia Zoo, Glass House Mountains and Surrounds! £89
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        5 Bloomfield Pl, Beerwah, QLD
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Beerwah, this guesthouse is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Glasshouse Mountains National Park and within 3 miles (5 km) of Beerwah Forest Reserve and East Mount Mellum Nature Refuge. Australia Zoo and Mount Ngungun Summit Trailhead are also within 6 miles (10 km).

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          93 Landsborough Maleny Rd, Landsborough, QLD
             
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            55 Mount Mellum Rd, Mount Mellum, QLD
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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              123 Old Peachester Road, Peachester, QLD
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated near the airport, this bed & breakfast is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Glasshouse Mountains National Park and within 6 miles (10 km) of Australia Zoo and Mount Mellum West Nature Refuge. Beerwah Forest Reserve and Crohamhurst Conservation Park are also within 9 miles (15 km).

                2 Acre Group Stay - 2 Homes, 5 Brs, Amazing Views £985
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                11 Mount Mellum Rd, Mount Mellum, QLD
                   
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                  Situated in Mount Mellum, this holiday home is within a 10-minute walk of Dularcha National Park and Dularcha National Park. Mount Mellum West Nature Refuge and Landsborough Museum are also within 3 miles (5 km).