Bindi Irwin plans a big bash to celebrate 15th birthday

Terri, Bindi and Robert Irwin celebrate Bindi's 15th birthday.
Terri, Bindi and Robert Irwin celebrate Bindi's 15th birthday. Ben Beaden/Australia Zoo

CRIKEY - Bindi's all grown up.

The Sunshine Coast wildlife campaigner and daughter of Steve and Terri Irwin turns 15 today.

It's hard to believe for some the tiny pigtailed girl most often seen on her father's shoulders has grown into a confident young woman prepared to take on some of the world's biggest issues.

Well wishes from around the world have started to flow in through the Australia Zoo Facebook page and Bindi's own Twitter account.

The young wildlife protector took to Twitter this morning to reveal her plans for the day.

The Beerwah tourist attraction she calls home is throwing a huge party for her today.

The zoo has been turned into a Nim's Island playground - patrons for the day are being invited to bring their swimmers.

Bindi's certainly accomplished a lot in her 15 years.

Steve and Bindi Irwin in 2004.
Steve and Bindi Irwin in 2004.

She's tangled with crocodiles right up to the US secretary of state.

She's starred in her own movies, her own TV show (even won an Emmy), launched a book series and even got an animated make over in an episode of Curious George.

She counts the likes of Russell Crowe among her friends - and people like environmental crusader Erin Brockovich on her side.

She also brought tears to the eyes of some of the 300 million TV viewers who watched her farewell her father in 2006 with the words "I have the best daddy in the whole world and I will miss him every day."

Topics:  australia zoo bindi irwin robert irwin steve irwin terri irwin

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