Bindi Irwin stops for selfies for her 17th birthday bash
BINDI Irwin will never forget her late father's relationship advice.
"My dad always said I wasn't allowed to date until I was 40. And if I was going to date, he would have to swim across our largest crocodile's pond, and if he made it to the other side without being killed and eaten, then he could go out with me," Bindi told Sunrise this morning.
It seems there hasn't been a worthy suitor to take Steve Irwin's challenge...yet.
Bindi Irwin celebrates her 17th birthday today at Australia Zoo at Beerwah.
From the excitable little girl who grew up perched next to her wildlife warrior dad, to a beautiful young woman, the Sunshine Coast has watched our very own Bindi blossom.
The zoo is hosting a Luau Island Party to celebrate the occasion today.
Bindi may have largely ditched the khakis, but says being a wildlife warrior was always in her heart.
"For me, as I get older, I'll certainly have some fun dressing up. I mean, Grace Kelly is my fashion inspiration. She is so beautiful and she's someone where I look at her and just want to be like her in every fashion choice," Bindi told Sunrise.
"It is kind of fun to wear make-up every now and then, but I'll always be true to what I am, and khaki will always be a part of me."
Bindi was hesitant to answer "the boyfriend" questions, simply saying "well, for me at the moment, I am enjoying just growing up and there are wonderful people in my life."
So here we are. My 17th year in this life. I have to tell you that over the past year I've learned so much. So many people have touched my heart and made an impact on my world. I'm thankful for every lesson and learning experience. This next year will be filled with so much adventure, I'm excited for the journey to come. I am so happy with where I am and where I'm headed. I have the most beautiful souls in my life supporting me and helping me to follow my dreams. I love them more than I can ever express in words. To my family, friends, and the people who will forever have a place in my heart, thank you for everything. For changing my life and making me the person I am today. You mean so much to me❤️ I will continue to do my best to make a difference in this world and create positive change for the next generations. So let's take on this next year together! I'm excited to see what is to come xx