Normally, I am not a big fan of zoos due to the way the animals are treated there, but I was so impressed by the way animals were taken care of at the Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, that I decided that I should write about this sensational place.
Home of the famous crocodile hunter , Steve Irwin and run by the Irwin family, the Australia Zoo is one of the best zoos I have ever entered and it aims to be the best in the world. Here, the animals live freely in a tropical habitat. The place is unbelievably clean, tucked right within lush green nature and managed by passionate and caring people.
This zoo is home to species that are from Queensland and Australia and also species that have been brought from other parts of the world. But, that is the not the best part. The best part is that while taking good care of their animals, they make it an educational experience for the people who visit this zoo, which in turn creates visibility about the gains of protecting wildlife.
I absolutely loved their wildlife shows, where along with other kids, I also morphed into one. Be it a saltwater crocodile, a raptor, a mighty python or even the beautiful macaws, the interactions with these animals during the wildlife shows are an absolute delight and great education. For me, it was total value for money experience.
In addition to the educational wildlife shows, I loved the experience of feeding the kangaroos, holding exotic snakes and the cuddly Koala and getting closer to the young reptiles.
Everything was such an awesome experience and I was smiling like a Cheshire cat all along. If I as an adult, felt like that, I am sure the kids would absolutely go berserk with excitement.
Since it is just a 90 minute drive from Brisbane and 60-90 minutes from the popular beach holiday destinations of Noosa and Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast, it has great access.
All in all, Sunshine Coast’s Australia Zoo has all the ingredients to make for a great day trip and I think it is a fabulous family holiday destination.