Australia Zoo

Inspirove - Australia Zoo - Home of the Crocodile Hunter

Inspirove - Australia Zoo, Koala not a koala bearAustralia Zoo – Australian Tourist Attractions

One of the best tourist attractions if you are visiting Queensland, Australia is an Australian Zoo visit.

Australia Zoo is probably best known for The Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin who had a passion for all wildlife and his famous saying, “Crikey.” This Zoo of Australia is a legacy of the late Steve Irwin who passed away far too early, and the Zoo is now looked after by his family, wife Terri Irwin and Steve Irwin’s Daughter Bindi Irwin and Son Robert Irwin. 

Inspirove - Endangered animals, Tasmanian Devil

As far as Zoos in Australia go, this is one of our favourite family outings. The zoo covers an impressive 1000 acres and his home to over 1000 animals including the endangered animals species, the Tasmanian Devil. The Brisbane to Australia Zoo drive takes approximately 1 hour and is conveniently located near Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast.

The reason that I think that Australia Zoo is as popular as it is, is not only does it have your typical zoo animals, for example – giraffe, rhino, red panda, cheetah, tiger, reptiles like the snake and lizards, it is also home to a vast array of Australian animals.

Inspirove - Australia Zoo, Kangaroo & baby kangaroo The koala and the kangaroo which is what most guests are wanting to see and are able to get cute animal pictures with these iconic Australian animals. I mean, who wouldn’t want to hand feed a kangaroo or cuddle a koala. You are also able to arrange another animal meeting while you are visiting the zoo, be sure to check the website for a list of animals and booking details.

Australia Zoo usually has school holiday activities for children as well, with Zoo games for the kids to stay entertained and receive a prize, if they can figure out all the clues to the zoo games.

A zoo visit for most families travelling with children is a fantastic way to not only have fun, you also learn animal facts and in Australia this is a great way to learn about our dangerous animals. Out of the 25 most deadly snakes in the world, Australia holds the record with around 20 of these. These are definitely some animal facts you would like your family to be aware of whilst visiting or living in Australia.

Inspirove - Australia Zoo, crocodie show at crocoseum

The highlight of the Australia Zoo visit would have to be the midday Croc show at the Crocoseum.  The show is lively and entertaining and you get to see the zoo crew give an informative talk and do a feeding with a crocodile. Master G loves this show and we have seen it many times. If you are visiting on school holidays or Australia Day, be sure to check the days that the Irwin Family will be there as they also make an appearance.

If you are looking for other tourist attractions for things to do with your family on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia.

Check out our Sea Life Sunshine Coast Aquarium article here.

 

 

A Visit to Fort Lytton National Park Brisbane

Inspirove- Fort Lytton Visit

Fort Lytton National Park Brisbane

Inspirove We have driven past the Fort Lytton National Park sign for the last 10 years not paying any attention to it at all until school holidays came around we decided to visit and I am glad we did. Master G loves anything to do with history and military items so this ended up being a fabulous day out for us exploring.Inspirove Fort Lytton National Park is the location for the Fort Lytton Historic Military Precinct situated in Lytton, on the Brisbane River and was Brisbane’s primary defence as a military base from the 1880’s until after World War 2. The Fort is open on Sundays and they offer free guided tours throughout the day by the many dedicated volunteers that keep this historical park up and running.InspiroveThe Sunday that we went was fairly low key and it was nice to only have a small group to be able to have the place to ourselves for a relaxed look around.InspiroveWe also went back the next weekend as they were hosting the Brisbane Open House event and were firing the 16 and 64 pounder cannons. This was a big hit with Master G and the guides were very accommodating answering all his questions and pointing out the attractions that were on display on this day. Inspirove

 

The ASLAV (The Australian Light Armoured Vehicle) an eight wheeled multiple role vehicle which Master G was able to climb in and pop his head out the top.InspiroveThe Ferret Car (An armoured vehicle built for reconnaissance) and the Light Horse display.InspiroveAt the Park there is also a museum to look through some old archives which was  great for us bigger kids too.

We learnt that Fort Lytton has been the set for Hollywood movies which include RAILWAY MAN and more recently UNBROKEN which starred and was directed by Angelina Jolie. InspiroveFort Lytton National Park is also host to the History Alive event annually which showcase activities throughout history including medieval tournaments, colonial dance, costume displays, battle re-enactments, cooking displays and cannon firings. We have not been to this event yet however will add this to our blog along the way.

All in all, we found Fort Lytton to be a perfect day out and very educational for Master G and us bigger kids. There are restroom facilities and cold drinks available. If you do happen to visit, make sure to take hats and sunscreen as it does getting pretty hot throughout the tour which takes approximately 90 minutes.

 

 

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10 WAYS YOU CAN BE A TOURIST IN YOUR OWN HOMETOWN

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10 Ways You can be a Tourist in your own Hometown

Travelling to far-off destinations may hold wonderful experiences, yet you can find the same kind of excitement without travelling far from your front door! Your home town offers lots of spaces to visit where you’ll be sure to find something you’ve overlooked no matter how many years you’ve called your city home. Playing tourist in your hometown gives you fresh eyes to see your city from a new perspective. You may find a newness in visiting tourist attractions as well as ideas for what to do with out-of-town family and visitors. Here are ten ways you can reacquaint yourself with your city.

Inspirove - 10 ways you can be a tourist in your own hometown

1. Go Downtown- Start your tourist-in-disguise outing with a visit downtown, where all the happenings of your city are sure to be. Here you may find interesting hole-in-the-wall shops that a normal commute through downtown would otherwise cause you to miss. On the weekends you may happen upon a street festival, vendors or any other events that don’t normally take place during the week. Bustling city centres next to appetising restaurants are sure to delight as you explore what your town hides during the work week.

2.Take a Tour- Many cities offer tours for visitors to get a little taste of the city. Whether it be a segway tour or a slower walking tour you still get to see a different side of your town with interesting stops along the way. Tours are a great way to play tourist in your city as you will discover new facts you previously didn’t know. Some tours may even have a theme, such as haunted ghost tours that are popular around Halloween but may be available year round.

3. Go on a Day Trip- Expand your horizons a bit and journey outside of town, were you’re sure to find natural wonders within a short drive away. Hiking trails, parks, wildlife observatories or other outdoor adventures are usually just outside city limits. While avid hikers and outdoors people may be more familiar with such destinations, many people who live within cities often don’t make use of such wonderful resources such a short drive away. You can definitely be a tourist in a whole new environment.

4. Take it to the Roof- When visiting a new destination people like to get a bird’s eye view of the land below. Why not take the chance to do the same for your city? Find out if there are any tall buildings that allow the public to see the city from above, and if they do take them up on the opportunity. If there are any restaurants that feature roof-top dining you can also take them up on the offer while enjoying a wonderful meal.

5. Attend Local Festivals- Every town has their own cultural festivals that go on at various times of the year. Why not check out your city’s biggest one? Some cities are also host of national festivals for a few years at a time, which gives them a chance to show tourists and residents what they have, so what better time to be a tourist than that? While you may run into people you know, you’ll also discover vendors you didn’t know existed, sample new foods and have a great time.

6. Go Back in Time- No matter where you live there is always a bit of history to find. If your city has a history museum give it a visit. Bigger cities may have historical markers or tours set up so you can find out how the city was formed and how key landmarks became the buildings they are today. History tours may also be led by volunteers. Once you know your town’s upbringing you’ll appreciate how it became the town it is today better.

7. Check out Parks and Natural Areas- Many towns and cities feature parks and natural areas in honour of prominent residents or sponsors. Some parks may feature bells and whistles such as a water park while others may be toned down with rock gardens and paved trails. A stroll through either one will give you a better idea of your city’s personality. Parks dedicated to honouring the city’s early builders will give you a better idea of why roads may have certain names while newer parks will show you the directions the city may be moving in.

8. Get Out of the House for a Night- Taking a night away from home is a great way to play tourist and no one needs to know! If your town has a notable hotel or bed and breakfast, taking a night to visit is a wonderful way to see what all the fuss is about. You’ll get to see what it’s like to stay in town as if you were a visitor staying for a night only knowing home is close by.

9. Visit your Town’s Most Famous Landmark- Most towns have a landmark that stands out above all others. If you’ve never visited it before now is the perfect time. No one needs to know you live right around the corner. Once you know why it’s so important to your city you can bring out-of-town visitors here and show them around. You’re sure to find out some interesting information you didn’t know before that will have you thinking about visiting again with a new perspective of this landmark.

10. Why not ask your children, I am sure they will come up with some amazing ideas.