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Australia Zoo

Cuddle a koala, feed kangaroos, see elephants 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, a TV show 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.”

See the zoo’s Asian elephants swim and socialize at Elephantasia, an enclosure with statues, fountains and forests. At the nearby 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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Butterfly's Hideaway Cottage - Glasshouse Mtns
Reviewed on Feb 25, 2019
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Butterfly's Hideaway Cottage - Glasshouse Mtns

Butterfly's Hideaway Cottage - Glasshouse Mtns

Beerwah, Queensland
     
    5.0 of 5
    0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Great base to visit Australia Zoo. Visited during some very warm weather so air con was lovely. Clean property and cooked a lovely BBQ dinner one night. Will visit again

    Beerwah Motor Lodge $74
    Reviewed on Mar 8, 2019
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    Beerwah Motor Lodge

    Beerwah Motor Lodge

    6 Graham Drive, Landsborough, QLD
       
      4.5 of 5
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Very clean and tidy throughout; however, double bed a little old and uncomfortable.

      Beerwah House, 3bedroom , Swimming Pool, Near Australia Zoo, Sunshine Coast
      Reviewed on Feb 17, 2019
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      Beerwah House, 3bedroom , Swimming Pool, Near Australia Zoo, Sunshine Coast

      Beerwah House, 3bedroom , Swimming Pool, Near Australia Zoo, Sunshine Coast

      Beerwah, Queensland
         
        4.7 of 5
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        The home is in a very quiet area but great location. Very comfortable home. Lots of little extras thoughout which is a nice touch. Spacious living area. We enjoyed our stay very much. Thankyou

        Rain Forest Gem
        Reviewed on Mar 15, 2019
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        Rain Forest Gem

        Rain Forest Gem

        32 Pine Camp Road, Beerwah, QLD
           
          5.0 of 5
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Great little hideaway :) Really enjoyed our time here, the place was immaculate and the hosts were very friendly and accommodating - Highly recommended - only downfall I found were the mozzies outside, however every door / window has mozzie screens so not a problem inside.

          Landsborough Pines Caravan Park $64
          Landsborough Pines Caravan Park

          Landsborough Pines Caravan Park

          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. Aussie World and Art on Cairncross are also within 9 mi (15 km). Landsborough Station is 8 minutes by foot.

            Australia Zoo, Glass House Mountains and Surrounds!
            Reviewed on Apr 27, 2019
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            Australia Zoo, Glass House Mountains and Surrounds!

            Australia Zoo, Glass House Mountains and Surrounds!

            Beerwah, Queensland
               
              5.0 of 5
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              Perfect place to stay while visiting Australia Zoo with the kids. The small things made it memorable. Milk in the fridge, Easter eggs for the kids

              Innistaigh Retreat $86
              Reviewed on Jan 18, 2019
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              Innistaigh Retreat

              Innistaigh Retreat

              244 Mt Mellum Rd, Mount Mellum, QLD
                 
                4.7 of 5
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Lovely quiet location. Visited Australia zoo which is 15minutes away.

                Beerwah Glasshouse Mountains Motel $72
                Reviewed on Dec 17, 2018
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                Beerwah Glasshouse Mountains Motel

                Beerwah Glasshouse Mountains Motel

                1116 Steve Irwin Way, Glass House Mountains, QLD
                   
                  3.4 of 5
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  The motel is not new but the amenities were excellent. Comfortable bed, excellent bathroom and latest large screen TV. There was a covered alfresco area overlooking the garden. The host was very friendly and helpful, most accommodating. Undercover car parking was a bonus.