How I Travel: Robert Irwin chats wildlife adventures around the globe

WT Writer
Mar 18, 2021

As the TV series Crickey! It’s the Irwins launches on discovery+ via STARZPLAY in the MENA region, one of the show’s stars, Robert Irwin, reveals his favourite places to travel around the world through the lens of wildlife conservation and adventure

Being an Irwin, a lust for wildlife adventure and passion for conservation is in Robert Irwin’s blood. The son of the late Steve Irwin – that face of beloved documentary series The Crocodile Hunter, which in turn became his public moniker – and Terri Irwin – fellow conservationist who rose to fame alongside him on the hit show – it was almost inevitable.

Now, the 17-year-old carries on the work of his late father and passions his mother holds dear alongside his sister, Bindi, 22. Alongside Terri, the siblings star in Crickey! It’s the Irwins. Together, the trio showcase the work they do at Australia Zoo.

Speaking to the youngest Irwin about his travels, here’s what he had to share.

Terri and Robert Irwin share a passion for conservation
Terri and Robert Irwin share a passion for conservation. Image | Supplied

The first place on my post-pandemic travel list…

I would love to go back to Oregon in the United States. My mum grew up there in a town called Eugene, and it’s a really beautiful place, almost a second home. We filmed there for one of the seasons of Crickey! It’s the Irwins; it’s a very different place from Australia.

The best place to travel for wildlife is… 

Australia – 100 per cent. We’re very lucky here to have the most unique and diverse range of wildlife probably in the entire world. A lot of people are afraid as they think every creature in Australia will kill you – we do have the top 11 most venomous snakes in the entire world and the largest reptile on the planet, the crocodile – but we have cute and cuddly animals, too. Koalas and kangaroos…

The thing I love most about travelling is… 

I really like to experience the local wildlife and the local habitat – even when we visit somewhere that might be a big city or heavily populated place, I usually try and get out to the countryside. That’s where you get to see the real beauty and experience new animals and ecosystems.

Robert Irwin and Chandler Powell at the Australia Zoo. Image | Supplied

If you’re looking for an adventure-filled holiday you should go to…

Australia Zoo – not to toot my own horn but I think it’s the most amazing place in the whole world. Where I live here at home – not being able to travel quite as much with Covid has made me realise just how special it is. Every single day we get to give people the ultimate experience with wildlife – really life-changing moments animals. We really pride ourselves on being more of a wildlife resort and sanctuary rather than a zoo. You’re not just looking at rhinos from a distance – you can go in and interact with the animals.

My top-three holiday destinations are…

Tasmania, South Africa and Arizona.

Tasmania is a really untouched area of Australia, and it’s all the best things about it condensed; incredible wildlife, beautiful scenery and lovely people. I also love visiting South Africa as we have a lot of conservation projects there – black rhinos and cheetahs. My passion is photography and its an endless stream of photography there – a gorgeous place with such unique animals. And lastly, Arizona because you really experience the American wildlife there. I went for the first time last year, and I got to wrangle rattlesnakes. Not sure if that’s everyone’s idea of a holiday, however…

The trip that changed my life was… 

Going to Cape York Peninsula in North Queensland. We visit every year for our annual research trips carrying on the work my dad started a long time ago, but my first trip was when I was five years old. We have a beautiful place called the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve, it’s a protected habitat and we go there every year to catch crocodiles and attached tracking devices so we can learn more about them. I love it because it was my dad’s favourite part in the world and i feel close to him there.

Crocodile are close to Robert Irwin’s heart. Image | Pixabay

When I travel I pack… 

A camera. I always pack a camera!

I respect wildlife when I travel by…

Supporting sustainable tourism. The world is going through some tough issues at the moment, and it’s so important to think about where you go and what you buy.

I keep myself entertained while travelling by…

I always bring a book. It was my sister Bindi who first got me interested in reading when I was young, and now I always have a good book on hand.

On my bucket list is…

The Middle East. I’ve always wanted to go to Yemen to see veiled chameleon. They are one of my very favourite animals ever and I’ve always, always wanted to experience them in the wild. So as soon as the world opens back up again I’m going for sure.

Crikey It's The Irwins
Watch season three of Crikey! It’s The Irwins today. Image | Supplied

If you’re interested in conservation, I recommend you go to…

Lady Elliot Island on the Great Barrier Reef. It’s this incredible world heritage listed place, and they are doing great work to restore the bio habitat on the island and the reef around it.

The country with the most diverse animal inhabitants is… 

New Zealand – they have the craziest animals like the tuatara – it has been on the planet for over 200 million years they are a living relative to dinosaurs.

My favourite animals are…

Crocodiles – 100 per cent, I’ve always loved crocs. I think they’re really misunderstood creatures, and they are actually really intelligent with individual personalities. And I get to work with them every day here at Australia Zoo. It’s interesting for us to see how each one works differently, it’s like playing with a pet dog, but a pet dog that wants to eat you. I absolutely love them; they keep us on our toes and they are fascinating.