21 June 2011

our trip to Australia Zoo

Greetings all,
When we went to Queensland at Easter we went to Australia Zoo.  My last big road trip was 6 years ago, when we were living in Sydney & i drove my 4 babies to visit handsome soldier, who was on course in Brisbane (see how repetitive my life is??)  That fateful trip to the newly opened Austarlia Zoo saw one of our twins climb INTO a crocodile pen (OMG!!)  My husband found her, in the empty pen & she had climbed between seats from the viewing platform & her Nikes were covered in green crocodile slime.  This child is going to age me like no other, total heart attack situation.  I guess, being born in Darwin & all, she's at one with the crocodile species??  Anyway, this time, she could read the signs . . .  
 signs like this only seem to attract my children, trouble finds them!!
 We saw Dingoes (did you know about 4% are black??) . . .
 posing on the giant Crocodile - why can't i ever get 4 children in the one 'memory' shot . . .
 a sweet sleeping Tasmanian Devil . . .
 scary Cassowary, i would not wish to meet one in the wild, they have big caveman-axe-shaped bones on top of their heads, which are always dented - proving they will head bang anything, sorry it's a bad photo of these prehistoric looking birds . . .
 we took this shot for our puppy, also named Khan . . .
 Iguanas, if they are your thing, they are not mine . . .
 our 4 went down this giant inflatable slide over & over . . .
 my husband's dislikes Camels, too many desert war zones . . . i kind of like them, they're so bizarre & almost girlie pretty, like giraffes.
 There was a school holiday class going on - they were with the Echidnas . . .
 Bear Cats, something i didn't know existed, they are like one of those made up animals . . .
 ah, my husband, doing his bit for friendly Australian tourism & PR, especially when pretty young Americans are involved!!
 Then onto the Crocosseum, where the Irwins hosted the show . . . they're ok in small doses & this is their habitat, but i could have done without their attempt at impromptu comedy - even our children were rolling their eyes at Bindi & Bob!! 
 Re-thinking the decision to sit in the front row, way too close to the snake handlers??!!
 All the animal handlers were very attractive . . .
 The elephants made a grand entrance . . .
 then it was time to head back to the carpark, via the Animal Hospital . . .
 well worth the $2 per head entry . . .
 it's an amazing set up & we got to see the koala ward, through the glass, along with the operating theatre - they were working on a koala who had been hit by a car.
There you have it, a great day out, no children in crocodile pens this time & we spent the afternoon at the beach, it was fantastic.  If you are ever in the Brisbane/ SunShine Coast region, Australia Zoo is a must & guess what, military get in free (which meant i got in with one family pass for the rest of us - about $200).  For a dedicated post on koalas, kangaroos & the fabulous petting zoo . . . go here
If you want to see serious crocodiles & crocodile feeding - go straight to the Northern Territory, Crocodylus Park in Berrimah & the famous Adelaide River Jumping Crocodile Tours - they are FULL ON.  Love Posie
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. . . last few days for my paper packaging giveaway . . .

11 comments:

Taylor Made said...

This is on our to do list one day...thanks for the tour around the place.

1000 Homes of Happiness said...

Great pics Posie! Looks like a lovely day out. I love taking our little ladies to the zoo.

Holy moly, a twinnie in the croc enclosure is a major panic moment. eeeek!

xoxo
Kellie.

Felicity said...

A great way to spend the day for the family indeed.

The last time I was at Australia Zoo was a couple of years ago to see the Dalai Lama - can anyone else see the irony in that?

Sarita said...

What great photos! Looks like you had a super time.

Becky said...

I remember the jumping crocs in the NT, they really are amazing! I liverd in Brisbane for 3 years and drove past Australia Zoo every other week and never thought to call in, I may get there one day.

supermac said...

Very nice. You're so lucky to have a wonderful zoo to visit in your own country.

Tania said...

I bet you won so many brownie points for that day out!

PS. Being a graphic designer means you get to learn about all sorts of weird stuff...it's the Cassowary's claw you need to look out for. And yep. It has the potential to kill. Not that you were going near it anyway, right?

Sindy said...

How funny that you did a post on Irwin World - I was just watching Kate Plus 8, and she and the kids were visiting Australia Zoo!! They showed a lot from the Crocoseum, and the Bindi show was just teeth achingly hideous. Do those children ever go to school? Crikey!

Working london mummy said...

Cool, I cant wait to take my little one to the zoo. Lovely Pictures x

Hot Fudge said...

Isn't it typical that when you live close to places such as Australia Zoo, you never actually get around to visiting them? Another thing to add to my to-do list.

Tas said...

IT is a great day for the kids isn't it? We went...yikes, nearly 2years ago now. No crocodile slide and no Irwins in sight but the kids got to feed the elephants and so did their folks so that was a take home memory :)