Coolibah is the heart of the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve and the base for many of the activities and expeditions that take place within its borders. A concrete slab that survived the trials of time has now been transformed into a hub for guests of the reserve. Hot showers, flush toilets, a kitchen and laundry facilities have meant this remote location has all the comforts of home… with the addition of waking up to an extraordinary dawn chorus in one of the last remaining truly wild places on the planet. Although extremely limited, Wi-Fi is accessible and the camp is equipped with a landline for local calls.
Australia Zoo rangers, researchers from around the world, photographers and scientists all form the best team possible to suit your expedition. The team conducting the research share decades of experience with a variety of native animals, ensuring that guests will enjoy experiencing a number of species.
The following rules apply at all times while on expedition:
- Do not approach any wild animal unless instructed to do so by an Australia Zoo or University of Queensland staff member
- Camp fires must be restricted to designated areas to prevent uncontrolled burns
- If you notice something unsafe, please inform an Australia Zoo staff member as soon as possible
- When leaving Coolibah, you must fill in the ‘sign-out board’
- The water pumped to the camp comes directly from the river; filtered water will be available and shown to you on your camp induction
- Camp Coolibah is a dry camp; no alcohol or illicit substances may be bought onto the property
We are fortunate enough to share this area with the largest reptile on the planet, the saltwater crocodile. For your own safety in croc territory, please obey these simple rules:
- Do not go into the water or approach the waters edge
- Do not climb on overhanging branches
- Never clean fish or discard food scraps near the waters edge
- Never hang over the side of a boat
The expedition is professionally catered, you will be provided with three meals a day for your trip, as well as snacks. Please inform us of any dietary requirements or allergies in the paperwork attached.
Julia Chestnut, 2015 participant
“My head is still spinning from all that I got to see, do and experience there. I had my expectations and my hopes for what this trip would be like, and I can say without hesitation that the reality of it exceeded all of my wildest dreams.”
Caitlin Lennard, 2015 participant
“An amazing week in one of the most remote and beautiful parts of Australia.”