Beerwah Travel Guide

  • Near the entrance
    Near the entrance
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  • Children's petting zoo
    Children's petting zoo
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  • Austalian pigeons
    Austalian pigeons
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Beerwah Things to Do

  • Feeding the Kangaroos

    We saw a dead Kangaroo and a live Joey in Kalmari National Park, and we saw kangaroos when we went to the Wilderness Park in Broome. But those kangaroos were behind fences. Here at the Australian Zoo (aka Steve Irwin's zoo), the kangaroos were lying around everywhere and we could buy food and feed them. A lady took my camera and took my photo...

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  • Australia Zoo - Home of the Crocodile...

    Australia Zoo is located in the Australian state of Queensland on the Sunshine Coast near Beerwah/Glass House Mountains. It was established under the name of Beerwah Reptile Park by Bob and Lyn Irwin in 1970. Bob's son Steve - aka 'The Crocodile Hunter' - made the park a popular tourist attraction and changed the name to Australia Zoo. The zoo is a...

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  • Australia Zoo

    Australia Zoo is located in the Australian state of Queensland on the Sunshine Coast near Beerwah/Glass House Mountains. It was established under the name of Beerwah Reptile Park by Bob and Lyn Irwin in 1970. Bob's son Steve - aka 'The Crocodile Hunter' - made the park a popular tourist attraction and changed the name to Australia Zoo. The zoo is a...

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  • Australia Zoo

    Australia Zoo was opened as a private zoo in 1970 by Bob and Lyn Irwin - it was then called the Beerwah Reptile Park. Bob and Lyn passed on their love and respect of wildlife to their children - in particular their son Steve. In 1992 Steve "The Crocodile Hunter" took over management of the zoo and the park changed its name to Australia Zoo. It’s a...

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  • Australia Zoo

    Australia Zoo is a beautifully laid out and well planned spacious open concept animal sanctuary. It's much more than just another zoo because their vision is for conservation and animal rescue.A great part of their mission is to protect endangered species by educating people in an entertaining way through animal shows. There are daily shows...

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  • And of course....kangaroos

    When one thinks of Australian animals, the "K"s have it.... koalas and kangaroos.Australia Zoo has a huge enclosure through which the general public can walk and intermingle with kangaroos. Basically, you'll be able to pet them a bit, as they're quite tame. You're not supposed to bother the joeys (the baby kangaroos). This is to avoid upsetting the...

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  • Australia Zoo. home of the Crocodile...

    Anyone who's ever turned on the Animal Planet or Discovery Channel knows about Australia Zoo. Founded by legendary animal lover Steve Irwin (the Crocodile Hunter) and his parents (Bob and Lynne Irwin), the zoo has become famous the world over.I know a lot of you have issues with zoos. "I don't want to see animals in cages", etc. Let me tell you...

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  • Tigers.... Bonnie's favorite. :)

    One of the better demonstrations at the Crocoseum involves the zoo's group of gorgeous tigers. These beautiful big cats are truly majestic...impressive on a grand scale. It's so pathetic to learn that they continue to disappear from the wild, mostly because idiots feel the need to make aphrodisacs from their bones and "tiger parts", so to speak. To...

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  • Steve's Crocoseum (...and Panasonic's,...

    One of the more recent additions to the zoo is the Crocoseum, an outdoor arena seating some 8000 or so visitors. This is the place that many of the zoo's scheduled programs and demonstrations occur. You'll see crocodile feedings, wild bird shows and (Bonnie's favorite), the zoo's tigers. The Crocoseum was built with a generous donation from the...

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  • The free petting zoo.

    As with most zoos, Australia Zoo does have a free petting zoo. This is good place for much younger children to feed and pet lambs, goats and such. For the more involved zoo visitor, the opportunity to interact with zoo residents on a more exotic scale (Tiger walk, feeding the elephants, etc.) probably holds more interest. However, THOSE encounters...

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  • Camels down under...

    Camels are not native to Australia, but were imported downunder from the mideast in the late 19th century. Their ability to survive and work in the harsh desert environment made them a perfect choice for crews building rail lines and such across the unforgiving Australian interior. Eventually, many of these imported camels were turned loose into...

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  • Cockatoos, and all sorts of exotic birds

    My daughter LOVES exotic birds. We did, after all, essentially visit Tambopata in Peru to enjoy the clay lick gathering of the parrots and macaws. Sara would like nothing more than to have a bird. Seeing as how we own two cats, I think this is a bad idea. I know, I know, large birds such as cockatoos and macaws can hold their own against cats, it's...

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  • Feeding apples to the elephants

    One of the special, "behind the scenes" encounters that Australia Zoo kindly comped for my daughter was the opportunity to feed the elephants. Bonnie, Sara and I, along with my VT buddy Kevin (k.knight) had a blast feeding apples to these gentle and impressive pachyderms. I did get the feeling that they could've eaten apples all afternoon, but I...

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  • Dingo Love

    I've heard so many scary things about dingoes, I was surprised to see how beautiful and truly docile the ones at Australia Zoo were. Much like a beautiful dog, these dingoes were squired throughout the zoo visitors by staffers. My daughter loved getting her face licked by these beautiful canines from downunder.BTW, if you are a fan of Seinfeld, as...

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  • The Croc Hunter has alligators, too...

    We live in Florida, and are more than familiar with the American alligator. Cousin to the freshwater crocs of down-under, we found friendly Florida reptilian faces on our visit to Australia Zoo. Unfortunately, we had to give the ex-patriot Americans the bad news that their habitat stateside continues to shrink.And, I'm just kidding when I joke...

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  • Find your teenaged daughter a boyfriend....

    As mentioned earlier in the Beerwah page, the Aussie Zoo staff is terrific. And if you've read my "echidna" tip, you'll also know that my daughter Sara kind of developed a crush on Greg, the echidna's handler.As for us finding Sara a boyfriend at Aussie Zoo, the chances are best that she loved the animals more than Greg... but yet she did have...

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  • Meet the staff

    The folks who work at Australia Zoo share Steve and Terri Irwin's love of animals, and it shows in everything they do. And, they about THE most hospitable and accomodating folks we've ever come across at a major "attraction". They were especially happy that Sara has such an undying devotion to animals, and their rescue and rehab. The zoo staff went...

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  • One FAT Wombat. :)

    What a cute critter...my wife and daughter loved this wombat. Aptly named "minibus" for her less than girlish figure, this little round marsupial is quite a handful, weight-wise. Don't be fooled by Minibus' apparently lack of agression, the wombat CAN be a cranky animal. They are vegetarian, as are their marsupial brothers and sisters, the...

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  • Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree....

    And another song we all sang as schoolkids...Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree, eating all the gumdrops he can see,Laugh, Kookaburra, Laugh Kookaburra, some some gum for me.Well, we didn't see them eating any gumdrops, but their call sure does sound like a wacky laugh. If you didn't know better and heard it, you might look to make sure you hadn't...

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  • Kuddly Koalas

    Everybody loves the koalas, the literal symbol (along with the kangaroo) of the land downunder. Basically, these little guys just remain in a semi-buzzed state most of their lives, nibbling on eucalyptus leaves. In some ways, they're a little bit like members of the Grateful Dead, I'd guess...just enjoying life and hanging on.One little warning,...

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  • Echidna....a down-under porcupine cousin

    It's hard to imagine a porcupine family reunion...sounds a bit prickly if you ask me. But if such a shindig were to occur, the Australian representatives would include the echidna. In the attached photos, Sara is holding (with the help of Aussie zoo staffer Greg) an echidna. This was one of the special encouters that the zoo allowed Sara to...

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  • B I G SNAKES

    And on the other side of the snake size spectrum, we have the Burmese Python. Native to SE Asia, these monsters are not poisonous, but are far from truly harmless. Possessing huge and sharp fans, a bit from a python is not to be taken lightly. And, they're capable of crushing and swallowing an entire goat... or perhaps a small child?NO, Sara... we...

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  • little snakes

    All over the zoo, members of the staff are circulating with animals, offering the public and hands-on encounter. This little guy is a corn snake, which my daughter tells me is totally harmless...other than making dad and mom's skin crawl. The corn snake is good for controlling the rodent population, living in field, barns, old buildings and such....

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  • Steve Irwin World !!!

    I was very impressed with the exhibits when I went to Australia Zoo last year. Since then, I think they have expanded the size of the park with more animals.I was lucky enough to see Steve in action that day. I don't think he is always there, but it makes it well worth it if he is.$29.00- Adults$24.00- Student / Pensioner$19.00- Child (3 to...

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Beerwah Restaurants

  • Huge seating area

    Australia Zoo must get some very large groups that come through as their dining area is huge with tons of seating for up to 1200 people.The Feeding Frenzy Foodcourt offers an extensive menu that includes burgers, Italian and Chinese, takeaway, sandwiches, salads, and desserts. Their coffee is served strong in industrial sized mugs.The Kids’ Kiosk...

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  • The tavern at Ettomaugh

    On our way back to Scarborough from Australia Zoo, my VT bud Kev (k.knight) took us to the Ettomaugh tavern. This was one of those colorful local places that happily remind you that you are far, far from home. Australians really do have a bit of the frontier spirit, what we Americans would call the "wild west". That's kind of the reality and...

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  • getting tucker at the Crocoseum

    There is a lot larger menu over at the Feeding Frenzy Court, but if watching all of those crocodiles snapping up dead chickens makes you hungry, you can slip into the feedbag onsite at the Crocoseum venue. Hamburgers, chicken strips, cokes, coffee, tea, etc.

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Beerwah Shopping

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    by sklc Updated Apr 30, 2007

    You can buy all sorts of souvenirs from glassware to clothes to craft and even stuffed toys... everything to do with wildlife and Australia.

    What to buy: The Aboriginal Craft section offers a wide variety of colourful and authentic goods such as the boomerang!

    What to pay: If you have AUD100, you can be sure to get everything your family wants.

    Shops and more shops at the zoo
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Beerwah Warnings and Dangers

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    by 850prc Updated Jun 10, 2007

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    As I mentioned back in the koala love tip, male koalas apparently find being "held" by people to sometimes be, shall we say, exciting. Keep in mind what you are wearing before you choose to hold the cuddly koalas in the photo booth.

    ....and I thought those happy little faces occurred because they eat eucalyptus leaves all day.

    This little guy stood up and took notice of Bonnie ...and then ::I:: got to hold him.  Sigh.

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Beerwah Off The Beaten Path

  • Plenty of neat animals NOT in the zoo...

    Keep your eyes open as you stroll througout Australia Zoo. It's located in a more rural area outside Beerwah, and thanks to the wonderful landscaping and habitat creations, many "non-zoo" creatures find life "on the inside" to their liking. You'll see your share of exotic birds, an occasional snake, lots of water dragons and such.Enjoy.

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  • The Croc Hunter's Lair

    To anyone who's a fan of THE CROCODILE HUNTER, the "Croc Hunter's Lair" is an integral part of the show. I was a bit surprised to learn that it really exists, it's not just a set. The "lair" is resident on the zoo grounds, over near the kangaroo encounter area. (on the path that leads up to the big cats habitat) It's not publicized, it's just a...

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