Steve Irwin’s Way!
During our short stay in Brisbane we were sure to set aside a day to visit the Australia Zoo which is as many of you know is the home of the late and great Steve Irwin.
Australia Zoo is located about a 1 hours drive North of Brisbane in a small town called Beerwah.
For the most part it is a straight shot North on Bruce Highway/M1. Be sure you don’t miss your Exit which will take you onto Steve Irwin Way.
My View on Zoos
Before I go into detail about the Australia Zoo I want to say that I am not a big fan of zoos. I don’t believe that these wild animals should be held in captivity. For that reason alone is why I do not visit zoos. Most zoos if not all of the zoos that I have been to; none of the animals look happy. They lie there still and motionless. It doesn’t take much to realize that they are not happy.
I could go on and on about whether it is morally or ethically right to keep these wild animals captive but I will not.
With all that said and done. My main reason behind wanting to go to the Australia Zoo was to pay my respects to Steve Irwin aka The Crocodile Hunter and his Family.
I know how passionate Steve Irwin was/is about wildlife and wildlife conservation. I can tell you that after spending a day at the Australia Zoo; all of his passion shines through.
It really is a beautiful experience.
We arrived at just after 10:00AM which worked out very well. So, if you are staying in Brisbane I recommend leaving at somewhere between 8:30AM and 9:00AM.
Definitely no later then 9:00AM.
When we arrived the car park (parking lot) was just filling up. To my surprise the car park was a lot bigger then I originally thought. In fact the whole of the Australia Zoo is a lot bigger then what I originally imagined.
We parked and I was eager to get out of the car and get into the zoo. Seeing all the pictures of Steve Irwin everywhere made me happy and I wanted to be a part of it.
The lines were not too long anew e were inside of the zoo in only a couple of minutes. I think that this was due to the fact that we went on a weekday; a Tuesday in fact.
Crowds were a minimum. Which I thought was great.
Steve Irwin Memorial
Once through the gates you are greeted with a Steve Irwin memorial statue. This statue is a tribute to Steve Irwin. It is a beautiful little memorial that has Steve’s whole family. Terri Raines, Bindi Irwin, Bob Irwin and of course The Crocodile Hunter himself.
I went right over to it right away and held that moment true to myself. I was in Steve’s Home now, and I could feel it. I took a good look at the memorial, paid my due respects took a few photos and began my journey into his kingdom.
It Means A Lot
As you can tell it really meant a lot to me being here. This is where it all happened. This is where the magic took place. This is where The Crocodile Hunter shared his passion with his family, friends and the world.
The Australia Zoo; home of the World Famous Crocoseum and where Steve Irwin’s Dream lives on and is shared with so many loving fans and followers.
Thank You Steve Irwin; Mr. Crocodile Hunter!
We Love You and Miss You.
You really are The Best.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of Australia Zoo and the Crocodile Hunter which is coming very soon. In Part 2 I will be writing about all the wonderful animals that call the Australia Zoo home.
The animals were great and were a lot of fun. I felt like a little kid again. I was running around everywhere taking pictures and feeding elephants.
It was a blast!
Have you been to the Australia Zoo? Did you like it? What were your thoughts? Leave a comment I’d love to hear from you.