Australia Zoo is one of the country’s most famous attractions. Steve Irwin was known for his love and dedication to wildlife animals of all kinds, and it is because of this reason, that Australia Zoo is here today. There is so much to see and do at Australia Zoo, you’ll definitely need an entire day to explore every inch of the zoo, and meet all of the adorable wildlife animals.
It was raining most of our day at Australia Zoo, but that didn’t matter too much. The atmosphere and enjoyment of being there is worth enduring a little bit of rain. Plus, we bought a super stylish poncho for $4 at the gift shop. If you’re hoping to learn about some of Australia’s most common, venomous, cutest and impressive wildlife animals, we definitely suggest setting aside a full day to explore the Sunshine Coast’s Australia Zoo!
Table of Contents
- A Day at Australia Zoo in the Sunshine Coast, Queensland
- How to Get to Australia Zoo
- Australia Zoo Ticket Prices
- Private & Group Tours at Australia Zoo
- Food at Australia Zoo
- Australia Zoo Parking
- Shows & Events at Australia Zoo
- Australia Zoo Animal Experiences & Animals
- Australia Zoo Souvenirs
- Australia Zoo Animals & Steve Irwin’s Legacy
- The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital
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A Day at Australia Zoo in the Sunshine Coast, Queensland
How to Get to Australia Zoo
By Car – Australia Zoo is located on Steve Irwin Way in Beerwah, Sunshine Coast. It takes around 60 minutes by car to get from Brisbane to Australia Zoo via Bruce Highway. From the Sunshine Coast, it takes around 30 minutes by car. The closest airport to Australia Zoo is the Sunshine Coast airport. From Brisbane International Airport, you’re looking at around an hour’s drive.
Coach Transport – There are a variety of coach transport options available for anybody who does not want to hire a car. This is the perfect way for international visitors to get to and from Australia Zoo, without the hassle of directions or driving in a different country! For more information about coach transport, click here.
Day Tours – These tours are great for visitors who don’t want to drive, and plan to make a day of your time at Australia Zoo. Tours depart from the Gold Coast at around 7:30am seven days a week, and you’ll arrive at Australia Zoo at just after 10am. There’s also a pickup from Brisbane Transit Centre at 9am. The tour bus departs Australia Zoo at 4pm, so you’ll have the entire day to explore one of Australia’s biggest attractions!
We hired a car on our first day in Queensland, which we booked a few weeks prior to arriving. It took us around 30 minutes to drive from Mooloolaba Beach to Australia Zoo. For more information on all of these transport options, click here to head to the Australia Zoo website.
Australia Zoo Ticket Prices
It may seem pretty pricey visiting Australia Zoo, but if you take your time exploring every inch of the zoo, you’ll definitely get your money’s worth. We spent five hours at Australia Zoo, saw every single animal and lapped the zoo more than once. It’s a huge place, and although it may seem a bit expensive, you’ll soon realise it’s worth the cost.
1 Day Admission
Adult Ticket: $59
Child Ticket: $35
Family of 4 (2 adult & 2 children): $172
Family of 5 (2 adult & 3 children): $189
Pension Ticket: $47
Student Ticket: $47
2 Day Admission
Adult Ticket: $87
Child Ticket: $51
Family of 4 (2 adult & 2 children): $258
Family of 5 (2 adult & 3 children): $283.50
Pension Ticket: $69
Student Ticket: $69
Note: All prices include tax. The cost above, is the exact amount you will pay. Unless of course, there are price changes and the ticket cost rises or falls. Click here to purchase 1 or 2 day tickets to Australia Zoo!
Private & Group Tours at Australia Zoo
There are a few options when it comes to private and group tours for your day at Australia Zoo. One of the most popular, is the Hire a Caddie. For $450, you’ll have your very own tour guide chauffeuring you around the zoo. You can choose your own caddie to suit the type of day you’re hoping to have at Australia Zoo. Looking for an educational experience? How about an adventurous and more unique day? The choice is yours! Along with your private tour guide, you’ll also have a special reserved seat set aside for you at the Wildlife Warrior show at the Crocoseum Stadium, and cold water available. For more information about the Hire a Caddie Private Tour, click here.
If you’re looking for a more educational tour, the Australia Zoo Private Guided Tour is the one for you. You’ll be given loads of awesome facts about the history and future of Australia Zoo, while being escorted around the zoo on your own awesome caddie! The cost for this private tour is $400, and runs for around 5 hours. For more information about the Private Guided Tour, click here.
There are a few other Australia Zoo private tours available. There’s also a special tour designed just for kids! Click here for the full list of private tours available at Australia Zoo.
Food at Australia Zoo
There are tons of places within Australia Zoo for a meal or quick snack. Above the Crocoseum, you’ll find the Feeding Frenzy Foodcourt, which has a wide range of food options. From healthy sandwiches and rolls, to pizzas, hot chips, burgers and snacks – Australia Zoo has it all! There are also vegetarian and vegan options available.
The prices are fairly decent too, with a healthy salad or sandwich/roll costing under $7. You’ll find a variety of soft drinks, juice and of course water, for an average of $4. I didn’t purchase a coffee, but there are carts throughout the zoo where you can have yourself a delicious caffeine fiz. There’s also a ton of places to buy ice cream too. So if it’s a hot day, don’t worry – Australia Zoo has you covered!
If you’d prefer to not purchase food during your stay at Australia Zoo, you can bring along your own snacks and beverages – in fact, it’s encouraged! Australia Zoo has a ton of places for a nice family picnic. So pack a delicious lunch, and enjoy the scenery!
Australia Zoo Parking
There are two free, large carparks at Australia Zoo. The one you will see first, is designed for regular sized cars. If you drive up a bit further, there’s a larger carpark that’s perfect for campervans, RV’s and larger vehicles. Since Australia is one of the best countries for a road-trip, they’ve taken into consideration the fact that quite a few visitors will be arriving in large campervans. This is awesome and super convenient. The zoo definitely caters for all types of guests!
Shows & Events at Australia Zoo
There are a few different shows scheduled throughout each day, and although we personally only watched one of them, it was still a lot of fun. If you’re visiting Australia Zoo with kids, they’ll have a blast at the Wildlife Warriors show at the Crocoseum. This show is held each day at 12pm, and is a lot of fun. Not only will you see a salt water crocodile in action, you’ll also experience some incredible birds of prey flying right above your head. The zoo keepers are very interactive with the crowd, and warm everybody up shortly before the show begins.
Australia Zoo Animal Experiences & Animals
If you’re hoping to get up close and personal during your time at Australia Zoo, you’re in luck. There are a few different animal encounter experiences available for guests. Click here for all the information, and to browse through each individual animal experience.
If you’ve never visited Australia before, you’ll be happy to know that at Australia Zoo, you can actually freely pat our adorable kangaroos and koalas! Roo Heaven is home to a ton of gorgeous kangaroos, laying down, sleeping or excitedly hopping around their huge opened space home. You can even purchase a bag of treats to feed the kangaroos yourself. Just be careful to not hurt or scare them. Roo Heaven is their home, so be sure to give the kangaroos plenty of space if there are signs asking you to do so.
There are a few different areas within Australia Zoo that are home to a wide range of wildlife animals. At Bindi’s Island, you’ll find some adorable lemurs and wild birds. There’s also an epic treehouse which kids can play on and enjoy the scenery at Australia Zoo!
Two of the main areas within Australia Zoo are Africa and Southeast Asia. Both of these parts of the zoo are extremely beautiful, and you’ll be in awe walking through enjoying not only the animals, but the scenery as well. Be sure to visit the Meerkats in Africa. You’ll be in for a good laugh, as they roll around play fighting right in front of you!
The Wetlands was personally one of our favourite parts of Australia Zoo. The bamboo trees and dense greenery reminded us of Japan, and it was stunning! Such a beautiful spot to walk through and enjoy the incredible scenery. You’ll definitely need your camera for this one!
Australia Zoo Souvenirs
Australia Zoo has a wide range of souvenirs available for purchase. From khaki shirts and shorts, so you can look just like one of the zoo keepers, to stuffed animals that kids will love. You’ll find magnets, pens, books, clothing, postcards, DVD’s, phone covers and much more! There’s definitely something for everyone, and if you’re looking for a gift for family and friends, I guarantee you’ll find something awesome and very uniquely Australian!
Australia Zoo Animals & Steve Irwin’s Legacy
Like many others, I don’t like to see wild animals being forced to live in small enclosures with no space to move or live a comfortable life. I was a little nervous before visiting Australia Zoo, because I didn’t want to promote anything that seemed to be in any way, animal cruelty.
I’m happy to report that although some of the animals do live in enclosures, the zoo itself is huge. Each animal that requires a large amount of free, open space, is given more than enough of it to live comfortably. The large animals in particular, such as the tigers and giraffes, have huge wide open spaces to run around and do what they are born to do. There may be some people who are 100% against what a zoo is all about, and I completely understand that.
But after spending a full day exploring Australia Zoo, listening to the keepers talk about Steve Irwin’s legacy and how much he cared for animals of all kind, made me feel a lot better. The zoo keepers educate visitors on the importance of caring for wildlife, and I truly believe that everything they do at Australia Zoo, is helping the animals live comfortably in a safe and caring environment.
Steve Irwin dedicated his life to protecting wildlife. Given the fact that his family still play a huge part in the running of Australia Zoo, I truly believe that they would not allow anything other than the utmost care and love for every single animal that lives in the zoo. Steve died doing what he loved – interacting with and protecting animals. If you choose to visit Australia Zoo, I honestly believe you will not be supporting the indecent treatment of any wildlife animal that lives there. Embrace the environment, and ask questions if there’s anything that you’re concerned about. I’m sure the keepers will be more than happy to put your mind at ease, and explain more about what Australia Zoo is all about.
The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital
Australia Zoo is home to one of the world’s largest Wildlife Hospitals. For $2, visitors can walk through the hospital and watch as veterinarians work day and night to help sick, injured and orphaned wildlife animals. 100% of the proceeds go to keeping the hospital open, and allowing every animal to have a second chance at a happy and healthy life.
Russell and I paid the $2 to visit the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, and although there isn’t much that you can actually see or do inside the hospital, it was great to see all of the passion and love that goes into protecting and saving Australia’s wildlife animals. I highly recommend taking the time to visit the Wildlife Hospital, as you’ll get an insight into what Australia Zoo is all about, and how deeply they care for animals of all kinds.
The Wildlife Hospital is a short walk from the entrance of Australia Zoo. Head to the back of the second, bigger car park and you’ll see a large sign with Steve Irwin on it, pointing you in the right direction. The $2 fee can be paid inside the hospital.
Australia Zoo is a great place to visit, especially for tourists and visitors to Australia. It’s a great opportunity to see Australian animals up close and personal, in a safe and caring environment. I recommend spending an entire day at the zoo, to fully appreciate every inch, and see all of the animals.
Have you visited Australia Zoo before? What was your favourite part or memory? Tell me in the comments below!
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Disclaimer: We were not paid or reimbursed in any way to visit Australia Zoo. Everything that I have written in this post, is 100% honest, and I truly believe Australia Zoo is a wonderful place to visit.