04 Feb Australia Zoo
Travel up or down the Bruce Highway through the southern Sunshine Coast and you’ll come across a hard-to-miss sign with a strong khaki colour palette, lots of animals and a ‘Crikey!’ or two. You’re officially in Irwin country and the award winning Australia Zoo phenomenon near Beerwah, where ‘Crocs Rule’ and animal conservation sits alongside slick wildlife shows and exhibits. For those with even a slight interest in Australian (and now African and Asian) wildlife, Australia Zoo is a must during any Noosa Crest holiday.
Encompassing over 1000 acres of wildlife fun, the Zoo has excellent exhibits of most Australian mammals and reptiles, with a large fenced area where you can get close to and feed wallabies and kangaroos in a quiet grassy and shady area, away from the action of the Crocosseum. In this famous amphitheatre, Australia Zoo staff host well-rehearsed shows which are both informative and exciting, showcasing native bird species and of course, crocodiles. With just enough danger and a few thumping songs to go with it, a visit to the Crocosseum is the highlight of the day. And you will need a full day, with the Sumatran Tiger Temple, the African Savannah exhibit and staff roving the park holding wildlife for personalised meet&greets just a snippet of an inspiring Australia Zoo experience. But keep your eye out, sightings of the Zoo’s most famous inhabitants, Bob, Bindi and Terri, are more frequent than you might think, camouflaged as always in that never ending khaki!
Getting to Australia Zoo is an easy one hour drive south along the Sunshine Coast Motorway and the Bruce Highway to Beerwah.
Alternatively, ask the friendly Noosa Crest reception staff about booking your spot on the shuttle bus which travels directly to the Zoo from Noosa.