Monday, February 21, 2011

Crikey! Is that Steve Irwin's Crocodile?

A trip to the Sunshine Coast would not have been complete without taking in the Australia Zoo.  Apparently Steve had started it on our previous visit, but remained in relative obscurity until the reality TV show took off, and it is now quite centered around the crazy Aussie wildlife icon.  An hour drive from Noosa, the Zoo is really in the middle of nowhere on the Glass Mountain tourist road, and is a testament to the Field of Dreams saying, "If you build it they will come".  It is located on the Steve Irwin Highway, of course.

The best part of the zoo:  Derek says the crocodiles; Jaclyn voted for the koalas. Katie said both, and especially the Show when the croc snapped his jaw shut on his offered morsel of sacrificial chicken.  Travis loved the snakes, which included the Top 10 most venomous in the world, most of which are found right here " in a veggie garden near you!"  I think I liked the birds - can't help but be amazed at the beautiful birdlife in this country, from the cockatoos and budgerees to the incredible heron-like prey birds who fly into the "crocoseum" with a 12 foot wingspan.  The birdsong is so LOUD!  And the Parrots are trained to speak with an Aussie accent!

We got some great photos and after enduring the hot humid day as long as we could (like, I don't want to complain about the heat, but we were seriously melting) we retired to the Etamogah Pub for lunch and a couple of cold ones.  The day broke the budget (Steve's estate certainly works hard to lighten the visitors pockets) but was a highlight of the trip... Crikey, would you look at that? Six Canadians looking for a bit of entertainment.... they's a beaut.  Must be good for at least a hundred a head.... yeah, check this out....slowly, yes! GOT EM!

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