Bindi Irwin with a python.
Bindi Irwin with a python. Ben Beaden

Bindi Irwin: 18 magic photos to mark her 18th birthday

IT'S hard to believe for anyone who can remember when little Bindi Sue Irwin was born to Australia Zoo's Steve and Terri but the Jungle Girl turns 18 this Sunday, July 24.

Daddy's little girl grew up fast when Steve was killed by a stingray barb while filming a documentary in 2006.

She and her younger brother, Robert, have stepped up to help their mum keep the Zoo and their favourite topic, wildlife conservation, in the public eye.

Last year, Bindi proved to be an international star when she won America's Dancing with the Stars program.

Although she is happy to go public when promoting the Zoo, Bindi is a little more elusive when off-duty.

She and professional wakeboarder Chandler Powell are said to be an item and the gossip pages love to snap up a photo of the two on an outing.

Although no longer the little girl with the gap-toothed smile and pig-tails, Bindi still charms the camera.

1. Beautiful baby, 1997

 

Bindi Irwin posted this photo on Instagram in a tribute to her mother, Terri, on her 52nd birthday.
Bindi Irwin posted this photo on Instagram in a tribute to her mother, Terri, on her 52nd birthday. Contributed

Bindi posted this photo of herself at only a few months old with her mother, Terri, on Instagram this week to mark her mum's 52nd birthday with this message: "Happy Birthday to the strongest and most beautiful woman I know. Thank you for being my mother. You inspire me every day. I love you".

2. Little doll, March 13, 2001

 

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Terrie Bindi Irwin with some of their merchandise at Australia Zoo. Lou Waters

Bindi, not quite three years old, and her mother, Terri, show off some Steve and Terri dolls that were part of the merchandise at Australia Zoo.

3. Birthday fun, July 25, 2002

 

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Steve Irwin and his daughter Bindi celebrate her 4th birthday at Australia Zoo. Warren Lynam

Bindi squeals with excitement at her fourth birthday party with her late dad, Steve.

4. Daddy's girl, April 17, 2003

 

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Bindi Irwin with her late dad, Steve, at an Australia Zoo breakfast. Warren Lynam

Despite the crowds and cameras, Bindi, coming up to five years old, was not shy in giving her dad a cuddle at an Australia Zoo breakfast.

5. Best mates, January 3, 2004

 

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Steve and Bindi Irwin at a media conference at Australia Zoo. Chris McCormack

Dad's shoulder seemed to be a favourite place for Bindi, then aged five. She was helping him at a press conference.

6. Catching a wave, July 24, 2005

 

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Bindy celebrates her seventh birthday at Australia Zoo with her late dad, Steve Irwin. Warren Lynam

Waving to the crowd at her seventh birthday party in the middle of the Crocoseum at Australia Zoo. Her and Roberts' big birthday party shows have become a tradition at the Zoo.

7. A star is born, April 13, 2006

 

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Bindi Irwin with the Crocmen. chris mccormack/155099

Bindi, aged seven, took to being the star of a show just like her father did, and sang and danced in a show with the Crocmen in the Crocoseum in front of a packed house of 5000 without one glitch.

8. Big shoes, September 9, 2006

 

Bindi Irwin pays tribute to her father at his memorial 10 years ago.
Bindi Irwin speaks at a memorial to her late father, Steve. Brett Wortman/bw159867w

Dry eyes were hard to find when eight-year-old Bindi took to the stage at Australia Zoo to make a speech at memorial service for her father, Steve, after he was tragically killed by a stingray while filming a documentary.

9. Kiss and tell, May 25, 2007

 

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Bindi Irwin kisses an elephane during a press conference for her show, The Jungle Girl. Cade Mooney/cm166192n

Crimped pigtails were the go as Bindy, eight, gave an elephant a peck on the trunk at a press conference to promote the launch of her television show, The Jungle Girl.

10. Shining star, May 5, 2008

 

SUPPLIED IMAGE. NOT FOR SYNDICATION OR SALE. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. Bindi Irwin with her Logie
Bindi Irwin with her Logie. Contributed

At nine, Bindi beat more experienced actresses to win the Most Popular New Female Talent gong at the Australia Logie Awards for her show, The Jungle Girl. She even made a sweet dedication to her mum and dad "because they are my two most loved people... they are my moon and my stars and they will always be my best friends and my parents."

10. Three's company, November 6, 2008

 

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Steve Irwin Day at Australia Zoo with the new rhinos.Terri, Bindi and Robert welcome the latest additions to Australia Zoo at the launch of Steve Irwin Day. Warren Lynam/179298

Bindi, 10, and her brother, Robert, and mum, Terri, with a rhino for company, launch Steve Irwin Day, an annual tribute to their father and husband, at Australia Zoo.

11. Chip off the old block, July 24, 2009

 

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Thousands of fans turned out to Australia Zoo to wish Bindi Irwin a Happy 11th Birthday. Jason Dougherty

Like a mini version of her dad, Bindi gives the thumbs up at her 11th birthday party.

12. Crowd favourite, July 24, 2010

 

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Bindi Irwin's 12th birthday at Australia Zoo. John McCutcheon/192561

Crowds swarmed to get a photo with the birthday girl at her 12th birthday bash.

13. Jungle girl grows up, November 18, 2011

 

Bindi Irwin with Sumatran tiger Bashii.Photo Contributed
Bindi Irwin with Sumatran tiger Bashii. Contributed

Striking a pose aged 13 with Basil the Sumatran tiger.

14. Saying cheese, September 17, 2012

 

Africa at Australia Zoo is 1 year old. Terri, Bindi and Bob Irwin feeding William the Cheetah. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily
Terri feedsWilliam the Cheetah. John McCutcheon

It's hard to tell who is happiest as Bindi, 14, feeds William the Cheetah.

15. Getting the jump, April 29, 2013

 

Robert and Bindi Irwin, pictured with mum Terri and Macca during the kids first alligator jump and relocation experience at the Australia Zoo.  Photo Darryn Smith / Sunshine Coast Daily
Robert and Bindi Irwin, pictured with mum Terri and Macca during the kids first alligator jump and relocation experience at the Australia Zoo. Darryn Smith

Bindi, 14, mans the tape in her and Robert's first alligator jump with their mum, Terri, in control.

16. Willife warrior, June 12, 2014

 

Bindi Irwin - profile piece leading up to her 16th birthday on July 24.Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily
Bindi Irwin pictured in the lead up to her 16th birthday. Brett Wortman

In the lead-up to her 16th birthday, Bindi posed for this photo with a Sunshine Coast Daily photographer to accompany a profile story.

17. Winning over America, November 30, 2015

 

Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough perform on Dancing With The Stars in the US. Supplied by Australia Zoo. Please credit photo to ABC/Adam Taylor.
Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough perform on Dancing With The Stars in the US. Adam Taylor

Bindi Irwin and her dance partner, Derek Hough, won America's Dancing with the Stars program for 2015. Their perfect score of 30 for a Cha Cha Argentine Tango had them tied former Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter but she was pushed ahead by audience votes.

Afterwards, she thanked her supporters.

"Here I am given this opportunity to remember moments in my life that I never thought I'd really be able to look at and smile," she said.

"I never thought I'd be given that chance. Thank you for changing my life."

Her dance partner Hough said he had never seen anyone like her.

"She looks at the challenge in the face and she smiles at it."

18. Keeping it in the family, 2016

 

Bindi Irwin, mum Terri and head of Australia Zoo's Big Cats department Geoff Neubecker, with Scout the tiger cub.
Bindi Irwin, mum Terri and head of Australia Zoo's Big Cats department Geoff Neubecker with Scout the tiger cub. Ben Beaden

Bindi regularly fronts up to promote the family business. She and her mum, along with Australia Zoo's head of big cats Geoff Neubecker, introduced the Zoo's second set of tiger clubs, Scout (pictured) and Delilah to the world earlier this year.