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Enjoy a holiday in a day at Australia Zoo this summer!

Enjoy a holiday in a day at Australia Zoo this summer!

Pack your sense of adventure and your island attire when you visit Australia Zoo these summer holidays - because we've got loads of exciting activities happening to see you into the new year!

Budding zoo keepers will love that the Zoo Keeper for a Day program is back these school holidays, boasting the best of zoo keeper life for those aged 7 - 15 years of age. Taking you behind the scenes to get hands on with some of Australia Zoo's most loved wildlife, this action-packed day makes the ideal holiday treat or last-minute Christmas present!

And for adults and children alike, we know that everyone just loves a treehouse! Bindi's treehouse will span 10 metres with three different levels available to take in the sights. Enjoy the views of neighbouring lemur island with the ring-tailed lemurs on display for the first time, or check out the rest of what Bindi's Island has to offer including boa constrictors, giant Aldabran tortoises and colourful macaws. From the top level, guests can enjoy birds-eye views of our African Savannah, including the impressive white rhinos - giving you a full holiday experience in just one day!

Bindi's Island will open on December 26, and shortly afterwards, on January 2nd, the official ‘Jungle Girl' herself will perform daily with her dance troupe! Bindi and the Jungle Girls will perform from 11:30am each day between January 2 - 16 in the Crocoseum, so you can sing and dance along to their catchy tunes before watching on as Bindi joins Robert and Terri feeding the crocs in the Wildlife Warriors show.

You can even be lucky enough to meet Terri, Bindi and Robert Irwin on January 16 if you are one of the first 100 people to buy any Australia Zoo book from the Crocoseum Boutique on the day. Have them sign your choice of book - be it Terri Irwin's My Steve, Robert Irwin's Big Book of Dinosaurs or one of Bindi's Wildlife Adventures books. You can also shop these in our online retail shop for a great Christmas gift idea!

We'll have free face painting until 11am on the weekends, pony rides running from December 26 - January 16, and a major prize draw. You'll also be able to come see Santa and have your photo taken with him alongside an awesome alligator daily at 1:30pm until December 24!

Australia Zoo is open every day these summer holidays aside from Christmas Day, so get set to join us for an a tropical escape or island adventure like no other! Check out all the details here.

There’s a new island headed for Queensland’s Sunshine Coast!

Thereâs a new island headed for Queenslandâs Sunshine Coast!

There's a new island coming to Queensland's Sunshine Coast, but you'll only need to go as far as Australia Zoo to begin your adventure these holidays!

Escape to your own tropical paradise on December 26 when Australia Zoo launches a brand new exhibit, Bindi's Island.

From Bindi's incredible treehouse, for the very first time, visitors to Australia Zoo will be able to check out the cheeky ring-tailed lemurs on display! Watch on as this social troop play hide-and-seek in the trees or sunbake in their yoga-esque poses.

As well as some new island friends, Bindi's Island will also include some original residents, Coconut and Jarvis the Aldabran tortoises. The affectionate couple have called Bindi's Island home for the past 8 years, and are excited to welcome visitors to their new and improved home.

Australia Zoo Director Wes Mannion said that the launch of Bindi's Island meant fulfilling another milestone in Steve and Terri Irwin's 10-year Business Plan.

"Bindi's Island is going to be another big tick for something Stevie always wanted," Mr Mannion said.

"Steve did all the excavation work years ago, and it's just been sitting there waiting to be finished off. It wasn't that long ago that Terri said ‘let's finish it!' and we started planning Bindi's Island!"

Stay tuned for more updates on who and what you can expect to join Bindi on her new island in the coming weeks!

For more details on Bindi's Island, head to: www.australiazoo.com.au/bindi-island

Give the gift of conservation this Christmas!

Give the gift of conservation this Christmas!

While an experience with the otters or a koala encounter is a gift sure to impress, did you know that giving an Australia Zoo experience means you also give the gift of conservation?

With an array of encounters available from red pandas to rhinos, it's pretty special to not only have one-on-one interaction with these guys, but to be able to help them out!

Proceeds from Australia Zoo encounters and wildlife photos go directly back into Wildlife Warriors projects here in Australia and overseas. For example, by purchasing a tiger walk this Christmas, you'll be supporting our Tiger 511 team on the ground in Sumatra as they fight against poachers. How's that for a feel-good gift that keeps on giving!

There's also the opportunity to add a furry, scaly or feathered friend to your family as a gift for a loved one this Christmas with the Adopt an Animal program. Sponsoring one of our special friends at Australia Zoo provides us with much-needed funding for endangered species breeding programs, state-of-the-art wildlife exhibits and essential rehabilitation programs.

If you're stuck for a gift, why not check out the profile of our cheeky Sumatran Tiger cub Hunter or the adorable Vatobe the Ring-Tailed Lemur? You can choose from a variety of adoption options, all of which come with a certificate of your adoption and a photo of your special new friend!

With animal encounters galore, annual pass offers and Australia Zoo friends waiting to join your family - there's no excuse for an ordinary gift this Christmas. Check out our special extended annual pass deal here.

Australia Zoo goes back in time, as Robert Irwin turns a year older!

Australia Zoo goes back in time, as Robert Irwin turns a year older!

As Robert Irwin nears his 11th birthday on December 1st, Australia Zoo is gearing up to celebrate this milestone with a massive pre-historic themed party!

Walk in the Australia Zoo gates and step back in time, as it comes to life with activities and games themed around Robert’s love of dinosaurs. Guests are encouraged to get in the gates at the early time of 8am to enjoy a free sausage sizzle before all the dino-tastic action begins.

Robert is sharing the birthday love with a special invite for kids aged 14 years and under to get in to Australia Zoo FREE on the day! But it doesn’t stop there; you’ll be able to meet a real-life Queensland Museum palaeontologist. Dr Scott Hocknull will let you get up close with dinosaur fossils and he’ll answer all your dinosaur questions. You’ll also be able to sing and dance with live entertainment from Jurassic Joe, and can catch a free screening of Prehistoric Park in the Crocoseum.

The Crocoseum will also play host to Robert Irwin feeding our ‘modern day’ dinosaurs in the Wildlife Warriors show – our awesome Saltwater CROCS!

As part of his 10th birthday present, Robert got to feed his first crocodile. Watch on as he follows in his father’s footsteps again this birthday, joined by Bindi and Terri Irwin.

There’ll be free face painting, a giant crocodile slide, Jurassic obstacle course and delicious free birthday cake for all on the day!

Wear your best prehistoric themed costume and bring along the kids FOR FREE to help us celebrate Robert’s birthday on December 1st. Adult tickets can be purchased here

‘Khaki It’ in style this Steve Irwin Day!

âKhaki Itâ in style this Steve Irwin Day!

Khaki and crocs will RULE on November 15 as Australia Zoo celebrates the life and legacy of Steve Irwin. The annual Steve Irwin Day is an awesome event in honour of the original Crocodile Hunter, and this year is set to go off in true khaki style!

Everyone is invited to Australia Zoo to celebrate everything Steve stood for: Family, wildlife conservation, adventure and fun.

Terri, Bindi and Robert Irwin will kick off the action-packed day with special guests, internationally renowned psychic medium John Edwards in the Crocoseum at 11am, followed by YouTube sensation and American Idol contestant Von Smith performing his hit music LIVE!

It was Steve’s dream to create a place where people could watch his beloved crocs in action and learn to truly appreciate them, so it wouldn’t be Steve Irwin Day without some serious Crocoseum action! Terri, Bindi and Robert will feed our amazing saltwater crocs in the world-famous Crocoseum, immediately after our incredible Wildlife Warriors free-flight bird show at noon.

Australia Zoo’s gates will open at the special time of 8am with a free sausage sizzle to keep the kids energised for a wild day out! Other activities and entertainment during the event include a giant croc slide, free face painting, clay workshops, the Gubbi Gubbi roving zoo-wide performing their traditional dance, pony rides and a major prize draw if you’re feeling lucky!

Guests attending the celebration who are dressed head-to-toe in khaki will receive 10% off entry at the gate. Not only is this a great saving, but you will be making a powerful statement – and Steve would have been proud, because at Australia Zoo, khaki is not just a colour – it’s an attitude, towards making the world a better place by reducing our environmental footprint. Crikey! Why wouldn’t you?

And after all that Croc Hunter family action, the Khaki It Kids Chill Out Zone will be the perfect place to chill out for a break - with special performances and screenings taking place here all day.

Having inspired millions around the world to play a part in conserving our wildlife and wild places, Steve’s legacy lives on through Australia Zoo, Wildlife Warriors and his passionate and dedicated family. 

Join us on Saturday November 15 at Australia Zoo as we celebrate Steve, the greatest Wildlife Warrior that ever lived. For further information and to buy tickets, go to: http://www.australiazoo.com.au/visit-us/calendar/297-steve-irwin-day