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“One of the BEST zoos”
Review of Australia Zoo

Australia Zoo
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Owner description: Wildlife in this popular zoo was captured by Australia's famous "Crocodile Hunter," a legendary herpetologist excelling in snake and crocodile capture techniques.
Perth, Australia
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12 reviews
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“One of the BEST zoos”
Reviewed July 15, 2008

Ive been to a few zoos in my life but this definitely has to be the best. There are heaps of animals to visit and I absolutely loved the very unique kangaroo enclosure - you can actually walk through it and pat the kangaroos!

The Crocoseum was also a great show. The crocodiles were massive! You can really sense Steve Irwin's presence here and see just how much he cared for animals - they definitely are well looked after.

A must see place for everyone travelling to Queensland.

1 Thank TravelBugz22
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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“A nice zoo”
Reviewed July 15, 2008

This is Steve Erwin's zoo and the tributes to him are all over the place (they actually got a bit old after a while). The zoo is well run and has a nice variety of animals. We went to see the animals specific to Australia, so didn't even visit the tigers, lions and elephants, but stayed with the crocs, kangaroos, wallabies, etc. There are two wonderful areas where you can hang with the roos and pet and feed them. I know roos are like deer back home, but it was really cool to get up close and personal.

It's a zoo and a pretty typical one. We were charged $52 per person and spent about 2 hours (we were a bit rushed for time). With kids, you could easily spend 5-6 hours without running out of things to see and do.

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“A big disappointment”
Reviewed June 20, 2008

We drove from Gold Coast (2 hours drive) to visit what we thought would be something special. We were very very disappointed with Australian Zoo. The 'Crocoseum' was supposed to be the highlight but was completely boring and very disappointing, everyone left with mumbles of "Was that it?". There are not that many animals here, indeed we found that there was more commercial merchandise on sale than animals. The kangaroo park enclosure areas here are no where near as good as other boutique parks (i.e. Featherdale Wildlife Park is far better). Australia Zoo was really expensive to enter and a complete disappointment, its been turned into a commercial empire. Certainly not worth the 2 hours drive to get there.

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Folkestone, United Kingdom
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“Definitely one of the worlds greatest zoos”
Reviewed May 19, 2008

I've been to London Zoo, San Diego Zoo, Singapore Zoo and now Australia Zoo, which definitely ranks up there as one of the best zoos in the world. It's not only good because of Steve Irwin it's a great zoo with a collection of animals I've never seen anywhere else, with great demonstrations and also an important message of conservation which is lost at many other zoos.

So yeah, Australia Zoo was probably the attraction I wanted to see most when in Australia, and was the main reason I went to Brisbane as you can get a dedicated coach from there to the zoo, with hotel pickup. This calling was mainly due to Steve Irwin but I was extremely impressed overall with the zoo, the animals and the way everything is organised.

The transport to the zoo was efficient. There was hotel pickup which transported you to a location that intercepted with the Croc Express - a dedicated coach that travels up from the Gold Coast every day to the zoo. It was already waiting for us when we arrived, and it dropped us right at the entrance of the zoo.

The zoo has a nice selection of animals that, being from Europe, I've never seen before including Echidnas (which were lovely), Tasmanian Devils, Dingos and many other things. Of course there's the crocs - you can't miss those, in addition to elephants, cheetahs, kangaroos, koalas, emus, tigers.... the list goes on and on.

There are a few things you can't miss when at the zoo
1) See a croc show in the crocoseum - you would be missing out on so much. They still get up close and personal even without steve
2) Go to the top level of the crocoseum after the show (or during the second show) and then all the way to the far end, away from the screen. Here you can see all of the crocs that Steve mentioned in his show.
3) Look under the crocoseum, at that far end. When I was there it contained a memorial to Steve Irwin including photos, khaki shirts with messages from family and friends and much more. It's a really moving place.
4) Feed the elephants. It's free and you really get up close with these creatures. They're lovely.
5) During the day the cheetahs were being led around the track where the shuttle goes. You could ask questions etc. Good photo opportunity where the shuttle through the park stops, but more crowded.
6) Go to a tiger show - only one i've ever seen and it's amazing.

Other highlights include petting the Koalas, walking through the kangaroo / wallaby enclosures, the aviary walk and the snakes.

The food in the food court is quite nice and fairly priced. I had the lasagne which was VERY nice.

To round off - if you're in Brisbane or along the Gold / Sunshine coasts then you need to spend the day at Australia Zoo. Not just because it was Steve's Zoo but it's a great place to spend the day. Check the website though - it can get VERY crowded on the special themed days apparently. Make sure you get there early in the day anyway - as you will easily spend all day here, and you may miss things if you get there late!

4 Thank scottcabal
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Christchurch, NZ
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52 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Polished Performance”
Reviewed May 3, 2008

We had been looking forward to Australia Zoo after watching Steve Irwin on TV for many years. It certainly lived up to expectations with well maintained facilities and an extremely professional and amusing show in the Crocoseum. Met many animals as we walked around the zoo as the keepers take the animals out of the enclosures. Elephants came out for feeding, cheetahs strolled down the walk ways, wombat out walking on a leash. Luckily the snakes didn't get the same privilege. Waited for the 'Tiger show' at 3.30pm when the keeper played with the 9mth old cubs in the pool. Great fun to watch and well worth the wait. Strong conservation message but very commercial at the same time. Huge souvenir shops with something for everyone. Suggest that some food be taken with you as the food court is a zoo of it's own and very expensive.

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