The Steve Irwin Crocodile Hunter Lodge opened at $900 a night

Steve Irwin’s family is honoring his legacy by officially launching the Crocodile Hunter Lodge in Queensland’s famous ‘Australia Zoo’. But it will cost you a penny.

The average night at the zoo ranges from $800 to $1,000 for a two-bedroom cabin. But it also gives you unlimited access to the zoo, a peek into the wildlife hospital, a gift package, and breakfast is included for each guest.

“Steve has always had a dream that one day, people will not only visit Australia Zoo, but stay overnight, and have the immersive experience of listening to the wildlife and being around after dark,” Steve’s wife, Terry Irwin, said in a statement.

“It was very important for us to realize his dream by opening The Crocodile Hunter Lodge. This stunning luxury property surrounds our conservation business, providing a home for endemic wildlife species while continuing to carry on Steve’s important legacy.”

The Lodge has eight family-friendly cabins and two disabled cabins.

Crocodile Lodge costs about $900 per night for a two-bedroom cabin.
The Crocodile Hunter Lodge
Crocodile Hunter Lodge officially opened on June 22, 2022.
Crocodile Hunter Lodge officially opened on June 22, 2022.
The Crocodile Hunter Lodge
Swimming pool.
Swimming pool.
The Crocodile Hunter Lodge
Outdoor dining area.
Outdoor dining area.
The Crocodile Hunter Lodge

The Lodge is built from recycled timber from the world-renowned crocodile terraces, which were built by Steve’s hands at Australia Zoo. Over 3,000 native trees and shrubs have been planted throughout the grounds, creating natural corridors for wildlife for the animals, along with purposefully placed nesting boxes. The press release noted that some of these trees serve as food trees for native species, such as the endangered black glossy cockatoo.

“Crocodile Hunter Lodge has adapted many eco-friendly initiatives, helping us maintain a minimal carbon footprint on the planet, prioritizing conservation as we always do,” added Robert, Steve’s son.

“By building this luxurious residence with lush bushland around our animals, we are fulfilling my father’s vision of a world where humans and wildlife can coexist peacefully, making this planet a better and more harmonious place for future generations.”

Breakfast area in the morning.
Café and dining area.
The Crocodile Hunter Lodge
The Lodge features eight family-friendly cabins, including one for the disabled.
The Lodge features eight family-friendly cabins, including one for the disabled.
The Crocodile Hunter Lodge
The living space of the hostel.
The living space of the hostel.
The Crocodile Hunter Lodge
Kitchen with coffee machine in the hostel.
The Crocodile Hunter Lodge
Bedroom in the hostel.
Bedroom in the hostel.
The Crocodile Hunter Lodge

The lodge is surrounded by a multi-species habitat and is home to red kangaroos, emus, and koalas. Guests can also swim in “Billabong,” an 82-foot-wide infinity-edge pool while enjoying a poolside snack or cocktail from Warrior Restaurant & Bar.

Around the property, there is also a habitat for koalas south of Australia Zoo, who have been victims of the 2019-2020 summer bushfire season.

The Australian Irwin Zoo spans over 700 acres and was first opened in 1970 by Steve’s parents, Bob and Lynne Irwin, under the name Beerwah Reptile and Fauna Park. It features more than 1200 species of animals that the guest can interact with.

common area.
A haven, set in the Australian bushes near the famous Glass House Mountains and the beaches of the Sunshine Coast, The Lodge is inspired by Steve’s life, legacy and love of the wilderness.
The Crocodile Hunter Lodge
Kangaroo roaming the inn.
Kangaroos roam the grounds of the inn.
The Crocodile Hunter Lodge
Guests have unlimited access to Australia Zoo.
Guests have unlimited access to Australia Zoo.
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Steve Irwin poses with his family at Australia Zoo, June 19, 2006 in Berewa, Australia.
Steve Irwin with his family at Australia Zoo on June 19, 2006, in Berewa, Australia.
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Irwin died on September 4, 2006, after he was punctured in the chest by a short-tailed stingray stingray while filming on the Great Barrier Reef. He was 44 years old.

“As a family, we couldn’t be more excited about the opening of Crocodile Hunter Lodge,” said Bindi.

“It is really great to be able to carry forward my father’s vision for Australia Zoo. Our efforts are centered around wildlife conservation, and with the amazing wildlife being incorporated into the lodge it is the most beautiful way to honor my father’s legacy and everything he has represented.”

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