18.02.2014 - 21.02.2014
Much to my anger I didn't recover quickly from my sickness. After we worked out that the cold and flu meds were making me feel sick and unable to eat I stopped taking them, started to eat and then got a worse cough and sore throat. This meant that Dan had to a painstaking wait to visit Steve Irwin zoo and we were both thankful that STA had to give us a flight one day later than we wanted. We spent the first day in Brisbane easing me back into living with a visit to the art gallery (wifi and aircon) and shopping mall (NZ travel guide and frozen sprite). On the second day I awoke from my sick slumber and realised that in 2 days time we were flying to NZ with no route and no bookings. Panic, stress, loss of hope, knuckling down and then eventually excitement followed. We spent the afternoon in the library frantically booking a rental car, campervan and the important- Hobbiton tickets. In the evening I researched further (reading LOTR) whilst Dan met Omar.
Finally the day arrived that Dan has been dreaming of since he was 7 years old...Australia Zoo, Steve Irwin Way.
Yes. My insides did turn gooey at the sight of this cutie. She smelt really nice!
Dan: Australia Zoo was amazing! Ever since I can remember I wanted to visit due to my love of watching Steve Irwin documentaries. I had seen visual representations of the zoo so many times on television it was surreal to visit and watch khaki-clad keepers hop over fences to feed big crocs. We hand fed kangaroos, Becky got to cuddle a koala (she couldn't handle the cuteness and now is insistent we buy one - although I have assured here Pets at Home don't have stock) and we went to the Crocoseum! Watching the show inside Steve's stadium was an absolute dream come true. The power and speed of a crocodile is unbelievable, watching on a screen doesn't portray this in a true manner. Y'all need to go watch the croc team do a feed.
It was great to see Steve's work carried on and heartbreaking when it hits you that he isn't carrying it on himself. It put into perspective my admiration for animal conservation and how little I do to help this. Time to sort my act out. Crocs rule!