December 12th, 2008 – by: LMTaylor
The Famous Crocoseum
our last stop in Australia was Brisbane.
We had a flight out on the 12th
so we decided to make the most of our time there and visit Australia
Zoo. We caught a train from Central all the way to Beerwah where we
were met by a courtesy bus from the zoo. The bus was quite busy, I
guess most people only visit Beerwah to go to the zoo.
The zoo was
created by Bob Irwin, Steve Irwin's dad in the 70's. It was
originally called Beerwah Reptile Park, changing to Australia zoo
when Steve took over. The zoo itself is huge, currently covering 75
acres but with plans to spread to 500 acres within the next 5 years.
We had bought our tickets for the zoo at the train station, flashing
our (now expired - shh!) YHA cards had bagged us a discount. The zoo
prides itself on displaying native wildlife, with 95% of its animals
being indeginous to Australia. The exceptions are the tigers and
elephants in its 'Asian' exhibit. I was pleased to see that these
were the only animals not native to the country and both species were
from similar climates so were used to the heat. We of course paid a
visit to the 'crocoseum', the huge stadium that seats 5,000 and had
several shows a day dispaying various animals natural talents. We
were treated to some fine looking macaws and parrots, various snakes
& reptiles and of course, Agro the croc leaping out of the water
at the keeper.
Hanging out with the roos
We also gravitated towards the kangaroo enclosure, a
walk through area where the kangaroos are friendly enough to stroke
(thanks to the 'feed a roo' scheme). We sat down in the enclosure and
chilled with the Eastern Greys for a while, thinking about our recent
encounters with roos. We spent the entire day at the zoo, managed to
stroke a koala, Rachel went goo goo over the baby pigs in the petting
zoo, stroked a skink, got up close with some poisonous snakes and
watched a wombat go for a walk. Then it took us 3 hours to get home!
Aussie public transport is just as bad as British ones!!
Australia has been a mixed bag for us,
we have met some right royal twats (Saturday dress girl for one) and
then we have met some wonderful people (Jen & Anne-Marie). The
climate had gone from chilly to sweating like crazy and we have had
some unforgettable experiances (swimming with a green turtle and
looking after the joeys). We experianced reverse culture shock, after
spending so long in Asia we found western culture weird and we found
that most backpackers were different to the ones we met in Asia.
Either way it was a unique experience and one we feel proud to have