The Australia Zoo is my most favourite zoo that I have ever visited in my entire life. Thanks to Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter, the Australia Zoo has grown in massive popularity attracting thousands of tourist every year.
Suffice to say, I was very excited to check out this famous zoo while I was visiting Brisbane, Australia.
Upon entering the Australia Zoo, the first thing I noticed was the many zoo keepers holding animals for tourist to take pictures with. I think they were doing this to generate extra revenue from selling the pictures they take of you with the animals. Regardless, you are allowed to take your own photo with the animals so you don’t need to pay anything if you don’t want to.
Taking a picture with an eagle
Since I was one of the first few people to enter the zoo early in the morning, I was able to take pictures with the animals before hordes of tourist arrived.
Quite honestly, going to the Australia Zoo kind of felt like going to Jurassic Park. Sometimes, I would be the only person walking around a certain area and I can hear the sounds of wild animals all around me. The jungle like surroundings also help with creating this “Jurassic Park” vibe and to be quite honest, it’s a little creepy when you are on your own exploring this place.
Nonetheless, it was definitely a big treat seeing such a huge wildlife diversity! I learned many cool facts such as Koalas sleep 22 hours a day. Before coming to the zoo, I never knew the difference between a turtle and a tortoise. (Turtles live in water while tortoise lives on land)
Australian native wildlife
As I walked around the Australia Zoo, I noticed how huge the place is. They actually have a train that goes around the place in case you don’t want to walk.
The zoo really did their best to make the environment look authentic. For example, they have areas that look like Africa and areas that look like Angkor Wat in Southeast Asia.
They did a really good job making the place look authentic. Of course it helps having the wildlife from many regions of the world!
Another unique feature that I found very interesting about the Australia Zoo is how the zoo keepers would actually take dangerous wild animals for a walk! I literally saw them taking tigers, cheetahs and dingos for a walk. Australians are definitely crazy!
The Australia zoo is also very interactive and they allow you to pet and feed kangaroos, giraffes (for a price), and koalas. You can also climb the random tree house onsite.
One of the most admirable trait of the zoo is the fact they have a wildlife hospital on site where they treat injured and sick animals. While walking around the wildlife hospital, I got to see the doctors in action as they treat an injured animal.
However, the single most craziest thing I have ever seen in the Australia Zoo has got to be the Crocoseum. The zoo will put on a show for you with birds flying around and crocodiles chasing after tourists and zoo keepers.
Essentially, the zoo keepers will select a tourist volunteer to feed a crocodile heading their way. Afterwards, they will release a giant crocodile to play tag with the zoo keeper.
It really makes me wonder if Australians are out of their mind. Regardless, I admire the craziness and the whole show was one of the funniest and craziest I have ever seen.
If you need to take a break to eat or rest in between your zoo exploration, the Australia Zoo has a large cafeteria you can go to. Keep in mind, prices are quite inflated. (maybe they’re normal Australian prices?) I personally did not buy any food in the cafeteria because I am traveling on a budget. Thankfully, they let you bring your own food in the zoo. I packed two sandwiches the night before which kept me fuelled during my all-day zoo exploration.
How to reach the Australia zoo from Brisbane and the cost
Unless you are driving in Australia, the next best way to reach the zoo is by taking a Greyhound bus. You can buy Greyhound tickets at the Brisbane Transit Centre or from a tour shop or your hostel/hotel. When you buy the Greyhound ticket, it will actually stop just outside the Australia Zoo making traveling there a very easy process.
I paid $79 AUD for the zoo admission including access to the wildlife hospital and Greyhound bus package which I purchased from Summer House Backpackers.
Overall, I had a really good time in the Australia Zoo and I can’t recommend it enough to anyone who travels to Australia!