If you are thinking of having a Sunshine Coast holiday in Queensland, you really ought to plan a visit to Australia Zoo. It’s located near the Glasshouse Mountains just north of Brisbane. With abundant Sunshine Coast accommodation close by, the zoo is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the entire country. You may know it as being the home of the late Steve Irwin, who was better known as the Crocodile Hunter.

The zoo’s history began in 1970, when Bob and Lyn Irwin (Steve’s parents) purchased some land and opened the Beerwah Reptile Park. The park flourished and in 1980 it was renamed the Queensland Reptile and Fauna Park. The Irwin family spent much of their time in the 1980s capturing crocodiles in conjunction with Queensland’s Wildlife Service. The family frequently released the captured crocodiles back into the wild, but when one couldn’t be released, it found a new home at the Irwins’ park. Eventually the family opened the Crocodile Environmental Park as well, and it was very popular because visitors could watch live crocodile feedings. Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter, became the manager of the park in 1992, and at about the same time the park was renamed Australia Zoo. It is now one of Australia’s top tourist attractions, and its 29 acres are home to more than one thousand animals.

Australia Zoo is renowned for its crocodiles and other reptiles, but it also boasts many other native Australian animals, and exotic animals, too. Visitors will see koalas, echidnas, gliders, opossums, dingoes, wombats, bettongs and Tasmanian devils on the zoo’s grounds. Visitors are not only allowed to hand-feed kangaroos in an open range area – they’re encouraged. African animals also live at Australia Zoo, including elephants, tigers, cheetahs and rhinos, and animals from other regions of the world include foxes, lemurs, and camels. Reptiles on display range from boa constrictors to alligators, and there are many different kinds of snakes and turtles.

In addition to the animals, there are many other things to do at Australia Zoo, and plenty of things that will keep the entire family entertained. Visitors are able to get up-close and personal with the animals at the zoo during the family shows. There even is a show that lets guests hand-feed elephants. And another show lets zoo visitors feed camels and see foxes from up close.

The zoo provides the opportunity to see animals behind the scenes. Although they do have an additional charge, these opportunities include Wombat Encounters, Cheetah Walks, Echidna Encounters, Tiger Walks and tours of the Australian Wildlife Hospital.

You can be sure that you will find the animal you love at Australia Zoo. With plenty of Sunshine Coast accommodation to choose from, this great Australian icon is truly a tourist attraction not to be missed.

January 18, 2017

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The Birmingham Zoo is home to as many as 800 animals from almost 200 species and these include some of the most endangered animals from across the world’s six continents. It is indeed a great place for any family to visit and kids are sure to have a great time here. >

The main zoo has an alligator swamp with massive crocodiles and alligators from different continents as well as aviaries where colourful birds from across the world can be seen. Camel rides are present only during the spring summer seasons, while there is also a cassowary exhibit and a flamingo lagoon with hundreds of brightly coloured birds. The Kangaroo Kountry features these popular marsupials and makes anyone feel as if they are visiting Australia.

The Lorikeet Interactive Feeding and Observation Aviary is indeed a major attraction for both the young and the old and so is Macaw Plaza. The predator building and the Predator Zone are areas where one can get a feel of how life in the jungle is. The primate building is also a common favourite, while the reptile building is for those who have a fascination of snakes! Another main attraction is the sea lion splash show which is a treat for young and old alike. Secretary Birds, the Tortoise Yard with tortoises of diverse sizes, Waterfowl Ponds and the Wildlife Stage are some of the other key highlights here.

Amongst the diverse facilities and activities here is the Carousel which is sure to be a treat for the kids. For anyone looking for memorabilia there is a gift shop to browse through, while one can quench hunger pangs at the Kudzoo Caf with family and friends during a day at the zoo. Visitors will also enjoy such activities as the Pelican Feeding and the Birmingham Zoo Express and Red Diamond Express trains.

Those visiting the United Kingdom and looking for family friendly accommodation can stay at one of the 4 star UK hotels offered by Millennium & Copthorne Hotels UK. Located in key destinations across the country, these properties cater to business and leisure travellers alike. Travellers in search of Birmingham hotels offered by Millennium & Copthorne Hotels UK can stay at Copthorne Hotel Birmingham.

The Ravine Hotel in Panchgani is the ultimate holiday getaway for you and your family. We offer something for everyone seems to be the mantra of this place. Of all the spa and hotel breaks in Panchgani, this is the most luxurious and extravagant one; one that will make you feel like youve had the holiday of a lifetime. One of the toppers in the list of the best luxury spa hotels in Panchgani, this is what this place has to offer.

The Serenity Spa, a part of the Ravine Hotel family, gives you the ultimate unwinding experience that you have always wanted. If you think that it is time for you to refill your tank and gear up for work with an energy that lasts right up till you next holiday, this is the place you want to be in. The Serenity Spa, like the name suggest, will give you the ultimate in incredible spa experiences and we guarantee that you will leave in a happy, serene and rejuvenated avatar.

Here is what the Serenity Spa offers:

Ayurvedic Massages

Imagine having two simultaneous massages using the best of herbal oils, a gift of the great Indian Ayurvedic heritage! This massage is done by two masseurs in a synchronized movement, to give deep muscular healing and exceptional relaxation.

Aromatherapy Massages

Experience the amazing partnership of touch and smell; a lethal blend that provides emotional and physical healing. Using only the choicest and purest of essential oils, this massage really makes you come back for more and more.

Body Scrubs and Wraps

Who said that holidays should only be fun and games? Experience the amazing adventure of being pampered and cared for, with our new range of body scrubs and wraps. Customized to suit your needs, you can choose anything between gentle exfoliation to full on therapies in this segment.

Special Treatments

If you always wanted to do a Cleopatra but just didnt have her heart for experimenting with ones own body, we have some tried and tested therapies for you. Try out our own special strawberry therapy that comes as a facial, a massage as well as a body scrub. Come on, you are in Panchagani and Mahabaleshwar, you have to try out or strawberries.
There are several other such special therapies. Visit us and we will be happy to share our secrets to serenity and peacefulness.

Reflexology Massages

These foot and back massages help in releasing blocked energy, by stimulating nerve endings and pressure points. This therapy is deeply relaxing and cons you into forgetting all of your lifes stress and tedium.

The new lower section development at Sydney Toranga Park Zoo required the building of the Seal Theatre which would need to accomodate thousands of visitors every week. Sydney Tarongo Zoo attracts tens of thousands of visitors every year and the new seal theatre is a primary attraction within the zoo having multiple shows every day. Taronga Zoo is a premier event location in Sydney, Australia attracting visitors from around the world as well as from across Australia.

Like most zoos around the world the need to update the experiences for visitors as well as upgrade animal enclosures is a costly and critical ongoing process. Hence, the investment into the new seal amphitheatre was a significant impact upon the capital expenditure budget of the zoo and had to have long term return on investment. Moreoverm the seal amphitheatre had to value add to the well-being and training of the seals themselves who love performing in front of audiences.

The construction process involved the major contractor choosing the best mode of seating for the seal enclosure for visitors and also the seals and then sourcing the right provider for the design, manufacture and installation of aluminium seating to cater for the thousands of zoo visitors and also for the seals as their performance props during their shows.

There were specific construction and design issues related to the project including zoo’s proximity to Sydney Harbour, the very high visitor numbers every year, visitor comfort, weight of the seals for their seats, the need for low maintenance and high durability and importantly a long life cycle of the seating. Aluminium seating was the chosen option over many other material seat options such as timber seating or plastic seating or even steel seating.

Aluminium seats are both lightweight and also very strong and require little ongoing maintenance and cleaning. The seating contract was awarded to a highly experienced Sydney aluminium seats manufacturer who needed to fulfill all the of the projects specifications requirements on time and on budget.

The manufacturing challenges included making certain that seats would not corrode due to contact with salt seawater, the weight bearing on the seats with the thousands of visitors to the shows and seating was also needed for the seals in their show with their weight at 300kg. The solution was to design and manufacture aluminium plain bench seats with custom height bolt down supports and for added protection the seat supports were powder coated and end caps were added to provide extra support. Also to cater for the very heavy weights of the seals spacing between supports was closed to give seating more strength.

The end result was a tremendous success with an aesthetic pleasing seal enclosure with highly functional and low maintenance seating.

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