Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve Expedition

Over many years, Infuse has developed a strong relationship with Australia Zoo. The Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve (SIWR) was gifted to Terri Irwin by the Australian Government. It stands as a living memorial to Steve’s passion for all things wild. Today, the reserve is frequented by scientists from around the world. These include botanists, arachnologists, pharmacists, hydrologists, ornithologists, ichthyologists and every other ‘ist’ you can imagine. The reserve is home to rare and vulnerable plants and wildlife. Its ecosystems perform crucial roles. They act as wildlife refuges and corridors for movement and dispersal of many species of flora and fauna.

A range of high level research projects are conducted on the Reserve throughout the year. The reserve also hosts the Australia Zoo Croc Research Trip, led by the Irwin Family. Their yearly trip is the largest study ever conducted on crocodiles. Our Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve Expedition is a once in a lifetime experience! You’ll get to check out ground-breaking research and support conservation projects within the reserve.

Day By Day

Sample Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to Brisbane, Orientation

Touchdown in Brisbane – your gateway to Queensland. Infused staff members will be on hand to welcome you. Once all the students have arrived, we’ll head to the Sunshine Coast for an afternoon of orientation by the beach.

Overnight: Sunshine Coast

Day 2: Australia Zoo

You’ll spend today at Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo. The education coordinator will give you a private tour of the zoo. You’ll learn how Bob and Steve’s humble beginnings evolved into one of the world’s leading wildlife parks. Visiting the zoo today will help you understand how revenue is generated to fund wildlife conservation around the world. This includes at the reserve that you’re going to visit tomorrow!

Overnight: Sunshine Coast

Day 3: Fly to Cairns & Weipa

Here we go! Today is when the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve Expedition really begins! This morning starts with a flight from Brisbane to Cairns. Then, you’ll connect on to Weipa – a small town in remote Cape York Peninsula. The view out the plane window will be stunning as you land in far north Queensland. Australia Zoo staff will meet us upon arrival in Weipa. We’ll transfer by 4×4 through spectacular country to the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve (SIWR).

This evening you’ll receive an official welcome and orientation from Australia Zoo staff and Infused leaders.

Overnight: Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve

Days 4 - 8: Wildlife Conservation and Research in the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve

You will spend five days volunteering alongside Australia Zoo Rangers, scientists and researchers. You’ll support the work they are doing and contribute to the ongoing development and management of the reserve. Projects may include building facilities at the research base and removing intrusive vegetation. You may also be shadowing researchers on a range of ecological based activities.
 In addition to the service work, you’ll receive guided day and evening tours by the Rangers. You’ll look for crocs, kangaroos, goannas, wild pigs, snakes and many other rare and endangered wildlife species.

Your accommodation will be in swags at the research station camp. The camp is affectionately known as Coolibah. The camp has basic toilet and shower facilities. However, you should be prepared for a true infused adventure in a remote and undeveloped part of the world. Be prepared for great food, great friends and Aussie experiences that you’ll never forget! Your time in the SIWR will blow your mind and change your world. You’ll have access to people and places that are exclusively available through this program.

Overnight: Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve

Day 9: Weipa to Cairns

Today we’ll transfer back to Weipa. After saying farewell to the Australia Zoo team, we’ll make our way down to Cairns. Settling into a nice comfortable hotel, this evening you’ll have time to shower and freshen-up before heading out to explore the tropical city of Cairns.

Overnight: Cairns

Day 10: Great Barrier Reef

No trip to northern Australia is complete without visiting the Great Barrier Reef. With the world’s largest reef system as your playground, there’s no telling what you may see. Snorkel – or scuba dive if you prefer – at two different sites during the day. You’ll have ample opportunity to spot fish, turtles and reef sharks! There will be marine biologists onboard to teach you about the reef system. This will be an experience you’ll never forget.

Overnight: Cairns

Day 11: Departure

This morning you will head to the airport check-in to your flight home. Safe travels!