AUSTRALIA Zoo has launched new luxury accommodation it says has been inspired by Steve Irwin’s life, legacy and love for wildlife and wild places.
With unique, family-friendly rustic cabins, and spacious decks overlooking the vast bushland and wildlife, guests staying at The Crocodile Hunter Lodge will receive complimentary breakfast and a gift pack, along with unlimited entry to Australia Zoo.
Australia Zoo’s Terri Irwin said: “Steve always had a dream that one day, people would not just visit Australia Zoo, but stay overnight, and have the immersive experience of listening to and being around wildlife after dark.”
“It was so important for us to make his dream come true through the opening of The Crocodile Hunter Lodge. This stunning luxury accommodation is surrounded by our conservation work, providing a home to endemic wildlife species while further continuing Steve’s important legacy.”
The Lodge includes eight family-friendly cabins, including an accessibility cabin, and offers services and facilities to suit everyone’s needs.
The Crocodile Hunter Lodge has built a remarkable multi-species habitat which is home to red kangaroos, emus and koalas.
Guests can admire these animals while taking a dip in The Billabong, a 25-metre infinity pool, and enjoying a pool-side snack or cocktail from Warrior Restaurant and Bar.
The Lodge has also created a home for Australia Zoo’s southern koalas, who were victims of the 2019-2020 summer bushfire season. These koalas share their new home with Australia’s most unusual species, the echidna.
Guests at The Crocodile Hunter Lodge can visit Australia Zoo and adore the wildlife family that resides there.
Steve and Terri Irwin grew the roadside park into the famed zoological gardens today, providing a home to over 1200 animals.
As the most interactive wildlife destination on the planet, guests can cuddle a koala, feed a kangaroo, watch the African animals graze on the savannah, and learn about our important breeding programs and conservation efforts.
Bindi Irwin said: “As a family, we could not be more excited for the opening of The Crocodile Hunter Lodge.
“It is absolutely wonderful to be able to carry forward Dad’s vision for Australia Zoo. Our efforts revolve around wildlife conservation, and with spectacular wildlife integrated into the Lodge, it’s the most beautiful way of honouring Dad’s legacy and everything he stood for.”
The build of the Lodge includes timbers recycled from the world-famous crocodile viewing grandstands, built with Steve Irwin’s own hands at Australia Zoo.
Over 3,000 native trees and shrubs are planted throughout the vast grounds, creating natural wildlife corridors for animals, along with purposefully placed nesting boxes.
Some of these trees act as food trees for native species, such as the endangered glossy black cockatoo.
Robert Irwin said: “The Crocodile Hunter Lodge has adapted several eco-friendly initiatives, helping us maintain a minimum carbon footprint on the planet, and prioritising conservation as we always do. By building this luxury accommodation with lush bushland around for our animals, we are achieving Dad’s vision of a world where humans and wildlife can peacefully coexist, making this planet a better and more harmonious place for future generations.”
To find out more details, visit www.thecrocodilehunterlodge.com.au.