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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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Beerwah Motor Lodge $85
Beerwah Motor Lodge

Beerwah Motor Lodge

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

    Situated in Landsborough, this motel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Australia Zoo and within 9 mi (15 km) of Glasshouse Mountains National Park and Mount Ngungun. Aussie World and Maleny Dairies are also within 12 mi (20 km). Landsborough Station is 24 minutes by foot.

    Beerwah House, 3bedroom , Swimming Pool, Near Australia Zoo, Sunshine Coast $111
    Beerwah House, 3bedroom , Swimming Pool, Near Australia Zoo, Sunshine Coast

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

    Beerwah, QLD
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Beerwah, this vacation home is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Glasshouse Mountains National Park and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Australia Zoo. East Mount Mellum Nature Refuge is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) away. Beerwah Station is 12 minutes by foot.

      Rain Forest Gem
      Rain Forest Gem

      Rain Forest Gem

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

        Situated in Beerwah, this apartment building is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Glasshouse Mountains National Park and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Australia Zoo. East Mount Mellum Nature Refuge is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) away. Beerwah Station is 8 minutes by foot.

        Landsborough Pines Caravan Park $83
        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. Dularcha National Park and Dularcha National Park are also within 2 mi (3 km). Landsborough Station is 8 minutes by foot.

          Australia Zoo, Glass House Mountains and Surrounds! $56
          Australia Zoo, Glass House Mountains and Surrounds!

          Australia Zoo, Glass House Mountains and Surrounds!

          Beerwah, QLD
             
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            The Loft House in Beautiful Glass House Mountains $244
            The Loft House in Beautiful Glass House Mountains

            The Loft House in Beautiful Glass House Mountains

            Landsborough, QLD
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Landsborough, this romantic vacation home is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Landsborough Museum and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Australia Zoo. East Mount Mellum Nature Refuge and Dularcha National Park are also within 3 mi (5 km). Landsborough Station is 21 minutes by foot.

              Innistaigh Retreat
              Innistaigh Retreat

              Innistaigh Retreat

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

                Situated in Mount Mellum, this bed & breakfast is within 2 mi (3 km) of Mount Mellum West Nature Refuge, East Mount Mellum Nature Refuge, and Dularcha National Park. Dularcha National Park and Mount Mellum Nature Refuge are also within 2 mi (3 km).

                Maleny Coastal Views Retreat
                Maleny Coastal Views Retreat

                Maleny Coastal Views Retreat

                55 Mount Mellum Rd, Mount Mellum, QLD
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Mount Mellum, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Dularcha National Park and Dularcha National Park. Mount Mellum West Nature Refuge and East Mount Mellum Nature Refuge are also within 3 mi (5 km).