We leave early in the morning to Noosa Heads - we arrive to find Tom waiting at the bus stop - so it looks like another reunion with the other guys tonight! The main reason for coming to Noosa was to visit Australia Zoo or Steve Irwin zoo. We check in at the Dolphin house backpackers and find ourselves in a little self contained unit, we have a little reunion with the guys from the boat, and we arrange to meet up again in Brisbane.
The next day we get our shuttle bus to Australia Zoo, on the way they play documentaries about Steve and get you excited for visiting the zoo. After about an hour and half we get to the zoo - we decide to go and visit the giant tortoise's which really were giants! The really enthusiastic zoo lady was chatting about them and they were pretty cool. We saw quite a few of Australia's native wildlife, Tassie Devils which I got to pat once again, we fed kangaroos and gave a koala a pat on the bum, Jane also held a koala, which she commented he smelt of eucalyptus and poo
! I decided not to hold a koala this time, I done it 2 years ago, and they charge $20 for a photo etc, so I didn't. We also went into the legendary crocoseum - which is a massive stadium Steve designed and was called because there were crocs and you could see em! we had a show of snakes, birds and a croc - we did feel they could have done a bit more of a show with the croc, there was 2 guys in the area with the croc, teasing it with food, but they were quite cautious - definitely no Steve Irwin! - Because all the advertising you see for the zoo is how they do so much with the crocs -but it was a little disappointing. We walked around the zoo for a good 5 hours or so, looking at dingos, lizards and various crocs - it was good to see and to listen to the ideas Steve had for conservation. They was a big wall with tributes to the man himself, and lots of photos of him through his years with various animals. After me and Jane had seen every animal we decided to shop! Well any souvineer you could think of was in this shop with either Bindi's stamp or face on it! Her stuff was everywhere, she had a clothes range out, as did Terri! it was mad! there was alot of stuff and you could even buy the khaki uniform!! I considered it, but didn't think I would get much use out of it ! ha ha ha. You could also buy every single show Steve had ever done, there were sooo many of them! Me and Jane got a few bits to represent that "We were there" and its was the 40th Anniversary of the zoo this year. I think it would be great to go when the zoo holds an event when the Irwin family would be there. But we did pose with the brass family portrait they have at the zoo entrance! On they way back another video gets played of one of the last recordings Steve had done before he died. It was a bit emotional actually, everyone talking about him and just seeing his passion on screen, there was one video of Steve hugging and crying to a dead croc, really distressed, and apologizing to it - it was horrible! he really loved them like his own children! We also found out that he was made an honorary professor, and his best mate had kept it a secret from him, and he died before he found out. The big message the zoo wanted everyone to come away with was about conservation and everyone making a change. It was a really good day.