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Australia Zoo and the Incredible Shows
Friday 25th February 2011 – Australia Zoo, Australia
One of the advantages of staying at Flashpackers hostel was that you get all sorts of discounts to local attractions and days out. One of the places on my list of things I must see in Australia was Australia Zoo, home of the many animals rescued by the great, legendary Steve Irwin. It just so happened I could get a good price for a ticket there, so that was today sorted out for me.
I awoke early, showered and got ready. The hostel mini bus was ready to take the early risers into town, so I hopped on the bus with them to catch a ride to the bus stop where the Australia Zoo would pick me up. After a short while, the big yellow bus pulled up and the small group of people that had gathered, got on board and made themselves comfortable for the journey ahead. The ride was only an hour or so, and the driver played videos of Steve Irwin for us to watch along the way.
It was a good feeling to be arriving at the great zoo, and I was excited to get inside and look around. Once inside it was immediately apparent how large this place is, and I soon found myself wandering about getting a bit lost. I obtained a map and was on my way.
First stop was the turtle enclosure where a park member was giving a demonstration on the huge animals, rubbing his neck and feeding him rich green leaves. Next stop was the elephant enclosure to watch the feeding. This was fun to watch. I visited many other enclosures throughout the day, making sure I was in the right place at the right time to watch the many shows that were put on for the tourists. The large arena showcased the better of the shows, with jumping crocs and beautifully coloured birds, as well as a number of other incredible animals. I had to admire what the great Steve Irwin and his family have achieved here. I wish I could have met the man in person.
After lunch, I went back to the elephant enclosure to watch the fun and games, including a mini football game with the majestic animals. There is a kangaroo enclosure where you can feed the animals, and I spent a while with a few of the cuter, smaller kangaroos and wallabies, feeding and petting the very tame animals. I loved it here. The tiger show was the last to see, and all the remaining enclosures were visited before a brief tour of the animal hospital. Some koalas were being treated, one on the operating table, while another was sat in a cage looking sorry for himself. It pulled on my heart strings a little.
The end of the day finally arrived and I had to make my way back to the bus to go back home. It had been an awesome day, and I had enjoyed every minute of it, but I was extremely tired now. Back at the hostel a barbecue was in full swing, so I joined in and chilled with the hostel guests. A few of us made an evening of it and found a local surf club to have a few drinks. It was a nice evening in the end. I was glad to get into my bed in the end, and I nodded off instantly.
Written by Daniel Stevens,
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