"I've never had a Coca-Cola before," Bindi admitted to ET's Lauren Zima during a phone interview from her home at the Australia Zoo
on Thursday. "[My] mom always tried to limit us on soft drinks and things like that, [but] I think that now I'm allowed to have a Coca-Cola. I think?"
And the day of revelry isn't going to stop with soda. The lifelong nature conservationist has a wild night planned
for the special occasion.
"I will be celebrating with my lovely little family and I'll probably play some board games, and you know, have a nice cup of tea," Bindi shared. "I might go crazy and wild and have three cups of tea that night. I'm feeling rebellious!"
For Bindi, the milestone birthday doesn't feel like much of a change, as she's always been an adult at heart. "My mom always says that I'm an 86-year-old stuck in a 17-year-old body," Bindi joked. "So I guess I'm already kind of in my adult years in that regard."
"I can feel that he's not here anymore on most of the days that are really big for our family," Bindi shared. "On days like birthdays, Christmases, it's really a tough time because he's not here."
"It's sad because you want him to be right next to you and experiencing all these milestones, but I truly believe that, in some way, he is still with us," she added.
"He was our superhero, he was our pillar of strength, so it's hard knowing that he's not right there," she explained. "But hopefully he's looking down on us from somewhere and is really excited for these moments too."
"He's coming to Australia for my birthday. As we speak he's on a plane on the way to Brisbane," Bindi said. "He was in England for a big wakeboard competition [so] he decided that he'd get me a [number] of gifts from England."
And she already knows what one of those special gifts is: authentic English tea.
"That's my favorite kind of tea, [so] he wanted to give English breakfast tea from England. I asked him if it was called English English breakfast tea, or just breakfast tea," the birthday girl adorably joked.
"He understands us, he loves wildlife, loves wild places and is just ready to try," she said. "I think that that makes a big difference because there's not many people who would be willing to jump on top of a 16-foot crocodile, or wrangle snakes."
"I'm really blessed and grateful to have him in my life," she added.