ET caught up with the 17-year-old conservationist in Australia as she was visited by her season 21 partner
, Derek Hough, and did not hold back on what she misses most about being on the show.
"I miss you the most," Bindi told Derek. "It was a long time and then all of a sudden you get home and you're like, 'My big brother isn't here anymore.' It was really quite strange for sure."
Dancing was an emotional experience for Bindi, who, throughout the season, shared memories of her late father, Steve Irwin, with the world.
"Dad forever lives with me and I think it's the same for myself and my whole family," she explained. "No matter where I go in life, I think his strength and determination is what keeps me going."
Steve's family started the Australia Zoo, and while visiting, Derek could not help but comment on its "beautiful" environment.
"Its amazing just to see the work they do here," he told ET. "It's so much more than a zoo, you know?"
"The work they do here is incredible, and the care, the love, they put in with the animals... it's awesome," Derek continued.
One thing the 30-year-old dance pro could not confirm is whether he will be back on DWTS next season.
"I honestly don't know," Derek admitted. "We're still trying to figure things out right now."
Meanwhile, Bindi says her unforgettable time on DWTS has definitely given her more of a platform "to share my journey and my story."
"I think that this whole experience has been so wonderful," she said. "And for the rest of my life, I will try to be able to inspire people by sharing my own personal experiences, and I think that that's kind of what we've done as a family for years and years."
Last week, Bindi got back to her homeland
to celebrate her brother Robert's 12th birthday, and the two wasted no time at all getting up close and personal with some crocodiles!