Australia lost an icon on September 4, 2006, when Steve Irwin tragically died after a stingray’s barb pierced his chest; but his children, Bindi and Robert Irwin, lost their father.
Despite it being over 15 years since Steve’s passing, it’s clear that Bindi and Robert (along with the rest of Australia) still miss their dear old dad.
The two regularly take to social media to pay tribute to Steve and every single time, it’s ever so sweet.
Read on to see every time Bindi and Robert have paid tribute to Steve Irwin in 2023…
In a November 2023 interview with The Courier Mail, Robert explained how photography makes him feel connected to his father, Steve Irwin. “You know, all my life all I’ve ever wanted was to be exactly like dad, but also to find my own place in his world. I was just itching to find that place and photography gave me that. But it also gave me a connection to dad, and a purpose,” he said.
“Everything he did, everything he recorded, everything he documented, well, it kind of stopped, and it stopped abruptly, which is what happens when someone dies unexpectedly. And this is one of my ways of continuing his work.”
For Father’s Day 2023, both Bindi and Robert took to Instagram. Bindi posted this adorable throwback picture, captioned with a single love-heart emoji. Robert posted a video montage of old home videos of Steve playing with a young Bindi and Robert. He captioned his video with:
“Today is Father’s Day here in Australia. Days like this are filled with so many different emotions, but above all, I choose to make it a happy day to remember the best moments with the best Dad.”
On August 18, 2023, Robert recreated a photo of his dad tracking crocodiles. He captioned the images with, “Since the early days when Dad was catching wild crocs – finding the signs of where they’ve been is the most important skill. My dad was the greatest in the world when it came to tracking these elusive creatures. Proud to continue his legacy.”
Bindi posted a lovely image of her parents Steve and Terri on what would have been their 31st wedding anniversary (June 4, 2023). “A love like this is eternal. Happy Anniversary to my extraordinary parents,” she wrote.
On what would have been his 61st birthday, both of Steve Irwin’s children took to Instagram. On February 22, 2023, Bindi posted a picture of her and Steve and wrote:
“Happy Birthday, Dad. Thank you for instilling a love for all species, courage to follow my heart and determination to make a difference in the world for wildlife and wild places. Your legacy lives on and the world is forever changed because of your dedication to conservation. Mum, Robert and I love and miss you so much.”
Similarly, Robert posted this picture of himself, Bindi and Steve along with the caption, “Happy birthday, Dad.”
Bindi wrote on Instagram, “Best friends. Soulmates. True love. The most incredible parents. And of course, Sui,” alongside a sweet picture of Steve, Terri and their dog Sui on February 3, 2023. As far as we can tell, that date bears no significance, so Bindi must’ve just been missing her dad that day.
Understandably so. If you’re wondering, how old were Steve Irwin’s children when he died – Bindi was eight years old and Robert was just two years old when Steve died.
What does Steve Irwin’s family do now?
Terri Irwin, Steve’s wife, took over Australia Zoo following Steve’s death. And now that Bindi and Robert are all grown up (Bindi is 25 years old and Robert is 19 years old), they are both wildlife conservationists like their late father and help their mother run Australia Zoo. Robert is also the new co-host of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!