February 2006

Every day's an adventure

Every day's an adventure

Sunday Mail TV Guide, 26 February – 4 March 2006

News source: Sunday Mail TV Guide, 26 February – 4 March 2006
By Candy Davis

IF YOU have ever wanted to cuddle a koala, hand-feed an Asian Elephant, walk alongside a Sumatran Tiger or watch a massive Saltwater Crocodile launch a strike from the water's edge, then Australia Zoo is a Sunshine Coast destination you won't want to miss.

The always entertaining Steve Irwin, his family and staff care for over a thousand native and exotic animals, as well as operating a 24-hour wildlife hospital, at their world-famous Australia Zoo at Beerwah.

You can even get involved with wildlife conservation through Australia Zoo's Wildlife Warriors Worldwide, which was established in 2002 by Steve and wife Terri as a way to include and involve other caring people to support the protection of injured, threatened or endangered wildlife.

Set in over 24ha of beautiful natural bushland and well-maintained gardens, Australia Zoo offers daily wildlife shows and the chance to get up close and personal with the animals, and the zookeepers who are happy to answer your questions.

The newly-created Tiger Temple , built to resemble the famous Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia , is a work of art as well as an architectural first. Tiger Temple boasts the southern hemisphere's only underwater viewing of tigers and cheetahs.

While every day at Australia Zoo is an adventure in itself, once every month the whole place kicks into turbo for a special promotional day.

You could also check out over 25,000 weird and wonderful sea creatures at Queensland 's largest oceanarium and aquarium Underwater World at Mooloolaba.

Other Sunshine Coast attractions include the Big Pineapple at Woombye, Ginger Factory at Yandina and Aussie World and Opals Downunder at Palmview.