Australia Zoo

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The Famous Crocoseum

So, 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.

Sleepy koalas
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 had.

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The Famous Crocoseum
The Famous Crocoseum
Sleepy koalas
Sleepy koalas
Hanging out with the roos
Hanging out with the roos
Chilling with the croc
Chilling with the croc
Gorgeous snake
Gorgeous snake
Theres a koala in there really
Theres a koala in there really
Freaky Steve Irwin tribute statue
Freaky Steve Irwin tribute statue
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photo by: Mezmerized