Bindi Irwin comes of age in typical style as she pays tribute to her family

By Rhian Deutrom News Corp Australia Network

In a nod to her recent victory on the US show Dancing with the Stars last year, Bindi Irwin's birthday was themed Camping with the Stars. Photo / News Corp Australia
In a nod to her recent victory on the US show Dancing with the Stars last year, Bindi Irwin's birthday was themed Camping with the Stars. Photo / News Corp Australia

While 18th birthdays are usually wild affairs, this takes it to a whole new level.

Queensland's wildlife princess Bindi Irwin spent her 18th birthday feeding crocs, playing with dingos and taking selfies with fans.

Bindi Irwin celebrates her 18th birthday with her mother Terri Irwin and brother Robert at Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast. Photo / News Corp Australia
Bindi Irwin celebrates her 18th birthday with her mother Terri Irwin and brother Robert at Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast. Photo / News Corp Australia

In a nod to her recent victory on the US show Dancing with the Stars last year, Bindi's birthday was themed 'Camping with the Stars' and included a tee pee and campfire cake and thousands of delighted fans.

Crowds queued for up to two hours at Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast for the chance to get an autograph and a selfie with Bindi.

Bindi Irwin made sure to take plenty of selfies with her fans. Photo / News Corp Australia
Bindi Irwin made sure to take plenty of selfies with her fans. Photo / News Corp Australia

Dressed in conservation T-shirt, jeans and Converse sneakers, Bindi arrived standing in the front seat of an open-topped jeep, waving to the crowds.

She was joined by her mother Terri, younger brother Robert and US wakeboarder boyfriend Chandler Powell, who had jetted from the US to celebrate the day with her.

Fans presented her with gifts and handmade cards through the barricades as she strolled beside them on a pink carpet.

Powell posted a gushing message to his girlfriend of 12-months, accompanied by a portrait of them together.


The Irwins also spent time in the Crocoseum showcase, feeding giant crocodiles meat in front of an elated crowd.

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Video messages were played from friends over the loudspeaker and Bindi gave a speech to the crowd, thanking her mum "for giving birth to me". She also took to Instagram to thank her family for their love and support.

Hello lovelies. Well today marks 18 years of life for me, here in Australia and I really don't know where to begin in thanking so many people for an unforgettable journey so far. So I think that I'll start here, with this photograph. This photo was taken within the first year of my life. To be perfectly honest life has changed in a million ways since this photograph was taken. Along the way we gained another incredible part of our family, my brother Robert. Our conservation work with Wildlife Warriors took off around the world. Our home, Australia Zoo continued to expand and has become the greatest zoological facility on planet earth. Our Dad, Mum's soulmate and a superhero for us all, passed away. However, since this photo was taken, 18 years ago, one life ingredient has remained, unchanged, unbreakable. That is the unconditional love that is shared between my beautiful little family and the loyalty we have to eachother and everyone else who has taken this journey with us. I don't think that when this photo was taken even my beautiful parents could have known what life would evolve. I know that I am endlessly grateful for the love and light I have been given since Day 1 of my life.

A photo posted by Bindi Irwin (@bindisueirwin) on



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