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Saturday, March 23, 2013


Australia: Day 23: Australia ZOO, Reds vs. Bulls in Brisbane

My CS host Rossman was great and we decided to visit Australia ZOO together, so we drove with his VW Beetle 80 km north to Beerwah. Australia ZOO is owned by Terri Irwin, the widow of Steve Irwin, whose wildlife documentary series The Crocodile Hunter made the zoo a popular tourist attraction.

Driving towards BeerwahGlass House Mountains are visible in the back.

Student ticket for Australia ZOO and Hospital visit. Queensland was ISIC card friendly, on the other hand New South Wales was only accepting student cards from their  state.

In the Zoo we saw many different animals, belonging to Mammals (Binturong, Camels, Cheetahs, Dingoes, Echidnas, Foxes, Giraffe, Goats, Kangaroos, Koalas, Lemurs, Otters, Possums and Gliders, Red Panda, Rhinoceros, Tasmanian Devils, Tigers, Wombats, Zebra), Reptiles (Boas and Pythons, Crocodilians, Lizards, Tortoises and Turtles, Venomous Snakes) and Birds (Cormorants and Darters, Exotic Parrots, Finches, Honeyeaters, Ibis, Kingfishers, Native Parrots, Nightjars, Pittas, Raptors, Ratites, Stone-curlews, Storks and Cranes).

Komodo Dragon, largest living land lizzard, and Asian small-clawed otters

Freshwater Turtles and Tasmanian Devils

Cassowary (flightless tropical bird) and a Koala

Eastern Water Dragon and a Salt-water Crocodile. What's the difference between an alligator and a crocodile? Read it here.


Aldabra Giant Tortoise, world's largest tortoise on the left and Short-beaked echidna on the right

Jabiru (Black-necked Stork) and Brolga

Emu (An adult Emu may reach 2 meters in height and can weigh up to 45 kilograms) with Red Panda



Show in Tiger Temple

Koala and a friendly Red Kangaroo, the largest mammal native to Australia




More birds in Rainforest Aviary and Birds of Prey section 


Snakes:  King Brown (Pseudechis australis), one of the longest venomous snakes in the world and Jade, a she Green Python. Out of the 2800 kind of snakes, only 270 types are venomous.

Rhinoceros Iguana, native to the island of Hispaniola (Haiti and The Dominican Republic) and several surrounding West Indian Islands.

Australia ZOO, Home of the Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, an Australian wildlife expert, television personality, and conservationist. Irwin died on 4 September 2006 after being pierced in the chest by a stingray barb while filming an underwater documentary film.

After the Zoo we also visited Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital

Monument outside the hospital

Since we saw almost everything, it was time to go back to Brisbane, where another CouchSurfer was already waiting for us. Our plan was to attend the Super Rugby match, a part of largest and pre-eminent professional rugby union football competition in the Southern Hemisphere on Suncorp Stadium, between home Reds and South African Bulls.

Ticket for the rugby match between Reds and Bulls.

Suncorp Stadium has a capacity for 52500 people

Let the show begin

French-Canadian Anthony, Ross and me, fans of the Reds


And we won, Reds 23 and Bulls 18.

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