SYDNEY, Nov. 6 (Xinhua) -- A new wildlife tourism experience in Australia will honour the memory of renowned conservationist and wildlife expert Steve Irwin who died in 2006, with construction beginning Wednesday on "Camp Crocodile Hunter."
The multi-million dollar accommodation project is located in the tropical northeast Australian state of Queensland and will allow guests to stay overnight at Australia Zoo, which was founded by Irwin's parents in 1970.
Irwin learned to care for crocodiles and other wildlife while growing up on the zoo's grounds, going on to become one of the world's most recognisable environmental ambassadors, known as "The Crocodile Hunter."
He was tragically killed in 2006 when a stingray barb pierced his heart, however his wife and children continue his legacy at Australia Zoo, promoting respect and admiration for the world's wildlife.
"Australia Zoo is an icon. This project, funded in partnership with the zoo, will give tourists an entirely new way to experience Australian wildlife in one of the most beautiful tourism destinations in the world," the state's Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said.
Camp Crocodile Hunter will comprise 108 luxury camping options, ranging from tents upwards, and include an entertainment and pool area, amenities blocks, covered cooking areas, school camp facilities and bike track.
Expectations are that the camp will attract as many as 39,000 visitors every year, with the Queensland state government contributing 2 million U.S. dollars to fund the venture.
The campground is hoped to open in time for the zoo's 50th anniversary celebrations next year.