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Steve Irwin’s big dream finally comes true

PHOTO: Steve Irwin. AUSTRALIA ZOO

The late Steve Irwin’s dream of opening luxury accommodation at Australia Zoo has finally come true, his daughter Bindi announced on Thursday.

The Crocodile Hunter Lodge will be open to guests at the popular Sunshine Coast tourist attraction from June.

Bindi, 23, shared the news on Instagram, saying it had been a long-held dream of her father’s to combine wildlife conservation with a five-star holiday experience.

Milestone: The late Steve Irwin's dream of opening luxury accommodation at Australia Zoo has finally come true, his daughter Bindi announced on Thursday

Milestone: The late Steve Irwin’s dream of opening luxury accommodation at Australia Zoo has finally come true, his daughter Bindi announced on Thursday 

‘The Crocodile Hunter Lodge. This luxury conservation accommodation for the whole family will start taking bookings in June,’ she told her 4.9 million followers.

‘Enjoy wildlife, fine dining and admission to Australia Zoo all included in your stay. Dad had dreamed about this for years and opening day is almost here.’

Bindi shared a picture of the lodge, which appears to be almost completed, and contrasted it with an old photo of her dad smiling near the construction site.

Nearing completion: The Crocodile Hunter Lodge will be open to guests at the popular Sunshine Coast tourist attraction from June

Nearing completion: The Crocodile Hunter Lodge will be open to guests at the popular Sunshine Coast tourist attraction from June 

Project: Bindi, 23, shared the news on Instagram, saying it had been a long-held dream of her father's to combine wildlife conservation with a five-star holiday experience

Project: Bindi, 23, shared the news on Instagram, saying it had been a long-held dream of her father’s to combine wildlife conservation with a five-star holiday experience

Steve, known to millions around the world as ‘the Crocodile Hunter’, died on September 4, 2006, at the age of 44 after being pierced in the chest by a stingray while filming a documentary in Batt Reef, Queensland.

Bindi was just eight years old at the time.

Following his death, Steve’s family, including his daughter Bindi, widow Terri, son Robert and son-in-law Chandler Powell, have continued his conservation work at Australia Zoo.

Bindi spoke about her father’s legacy during an interview in 2019.

Tragic: Steve, known to millions around the world as 'the Crocodile Hunter', died on September 4, 2006, at the age of 44 after being pierced in the chest by a stingray while filming a documentary in Batt Reef, Queensland. (He is seen here in Los Angeles in November 2003)

Tragic: Steve, known to millions around the world as ‘the Crocodile Hunter’, died on September 4, 2006, at the age of 44 after being pierced in the chest by a stingray while filming a documentary in Batt Reef, Queensland. (He is seen here in Los Angeles in November 2003)

‘He was the greatest wildlife warrior to have ever lived,’ she said, adding: ‘He dedicated his whole life to protecting wildlife and wild places.

‘And I think that it’s really special that in this day we can all remember that khaki [the colour of the Australia Zoo uniform] is not just a colour, it’s an attitude.

‘And to remember the greatest dad on the planet and a wonderful conservationist.’

He'd be proud! After his death, Steve's family, including his daughter Bindi, widow Terri, son Robert and son-in-law Chandler Powell, have continued his conservation work at Australia Zoo

He’d be proud! After his death, Steve’s family, including his daughter Bindi, widow Terri, son Robert and son-in-law Chandler Powell, have continued his conservation work at Australia Zoo

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