Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve Research Expedition
Ages: 18+ | Length: 10 days | Cost: $4,490.00
Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime! On this expedition, you will join Steve Irwin’s personally-trained croc team on the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve, a pristine 335,000-acre conservation property located on Queensland’s remote Cape York Peninsula.
On the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve, you will be involved with Australia Zoo’s croc research trip, the longest and most comprehensive crocodilian research project on the planet.
Watch as our team of experts conduct this world-renowned crocodile research, unlocking secrets regarding diet, movement patterns, nesting behaviours and much more to aid in the conservation of these incredible apex predators.
Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve
Start & End Dates
You will be picked up from Weipa Airport and transferred to the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve, crossing the breathtaking Wenlock River that borders the reserve. Upon arrival, you will be given a camp induction and have time to set up camp. We like to refer to Camp Coolibah as 5 Billion Star accommodation…you just have to look up on your first night to see why!
Day 2 – 4
It’s the start of Croc Trip and for the first few days you will be assisting the Australia Zoo Croc Research Team with constructing croc traps; the trapping methods that the team use were pioneered by Steve Irwin and are the most humane crocodilian capture technique, avoiding the use of dangerous drugs or inhumane harpoons. Setting traps along the river is hard work, but it is all worth it when it pays off!
With the traps set, it’s time to experience some of the most gorgeous spots on the reserve. The Australia Zoo Rangers will take you on an adventure around the property, dotted with areas littered with marine fossils and beautiful bauxite springs, there’s plenty to see!
Day 6 – 9
Each morning we check the crocodile traps strategically placed along the river…fingers crossed there will be plenty of croc action! You will be able to assist the scientists, measure the animal, complete records and, of course, get up close to the world’s largest living reptile! Afternoons will be spent relaxing around camp, spotlighting for wildlife, hiking around a number of the reserve’s picturesque ecosystems, downloading updates on the tagged crocodiles or listening to a lecture hosted by one of our visiting scientists. The reserve is truly wild, and so are the crocodiles, which means we may not catch crocodiles every day. In the event we have a croc-free day, our knowledgeable rangers are more than happy to explore more of the reserve with you.
Check out time is dependent on the tide and depth of the river. You will be transported from the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve to Weipa Airport, along with some incredible stories to share with your loved ones.
What To Pack
- Water bottles x 2
- Sleeping bag / Bedding
- Toiletries and medications
- Torch / Headlamp
- Enclosed shoes
- Camera / Batteries
The cost of the expedition includes camping equipment, food, transport from the airport and around the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve and Australia Zoo staff to ensure you get the best experience possible. Any remaining funds will help with wildlife research on the reserve.