Australia Zoo, home of the crocodile hunter, the late Steve Irwin, is located on the Sunshine Coast. Initially, I thought that reptiles would be the main exhibitions, but I was pleased to be wrong as a variety of animals reside at the Zoo. The hundred acre Zoo is home to crocodiles, tigers, giraffes, koalas, kangaroos, lemurs, tropical birds, rhinos, and so much more. The interior of the Zoo is beautifully kept and the care that is provided to each animal enclosure is apparent. We found it cute that many of the crocodiles and alligators had been named so prettily such as Gloria, Daisy, Barney etc…
Two habitants requiring honorable mentions are the cassowaries and the Aldabran Tortoises as both are creature we had not seen before. We marveled at the appearance of the cassowary with its blue and red head portion and black body with huge talons that seemed sharper than knives. It is the third tallest bird following the ostrich and emu. We were especially thankful for the high fence after we read about how vicious and fatal of an attack it could deliver. The slow gait of the Aldabran Tortoises does not diminish how majestic they are as their size makes up for their speed. These majestic creatures each weigh well over 400 lbs.
Now moving on to our favorite critters, koalas and kangaroos. It was really adorable to see how laid-back and relaxed both creatures were. The koalas spent much of their time sleeping in the trees, occasionally waking up to eat some leaves, take a sip of water, or move along a few inches when prodded by the zookeepers. The highlight worthy moment with a koala came when we were able to hold a baby koala during a photo session. The fur felt so soft and cuddly and I absolutely fell in love when it latched on to me. Koalas have always been a weakness for me. The kangaroos looked so chilled as they lay around in a park area through which we could walk, pet and feed them to our desire. They seemed to be accustomed to being pampered and made no movement as we meandered up to them, sat beside them and petted them. The close encounters with both the koalas and the kangaroos were an unforgettable experience that we will relive and cherish through the collection of photos we took.