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Bindi Irwin touched down in Brisbane, Australia, on Thursday with her mom and brother

By Aurelie Corinthios
Updated December 03, 2015 04:25 PM
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Bindi Irwin has taken her Mirrorball Trophy Down Under.

The Dancing with the Stars season 21 winner touched down in Brisbane, Australia, on Thursday.

The 17-year-old, all smiles and clearly happy to be back home, posed with mom Terri, 51, and her brother Robert, 12, at the airport.

Bindi, who told PEOPLE exclusively in October that “Australia will always be home,” plans to return to work at the Australia Zoo, where she also lives, in Queensland.

Plus, her DWTS partner Derek Hough is planning an upcoming trip to Bindi’s hometown! The young conservationist told PEOPLE moments after her big win that she had convinced Hough to visit her at the zoo in just two weeks. “I feel like I am ready the kind of switch roles,” she said. “So, I’m going to teach Derek how to be with crocodiles and cuddle tigers and kiss koalas.”

Bindi, who is the daughter of late Crocodile Hunter star Steve Irwin, also completed her schoolwork at the zoo.

“Living at the zoo, it’s a lot easier to study online because I have all the tools at my fingertips. I can learn from my own surroundings. That helps a lot,” Bindi, who has already completed some college courses online, told PEOPLE.

Bindi has already earned a degree certificate in business and plans on pursuing one in tourism next.

“I’ve really been focusing on getting through school so that I can focus on what I love – my conservation work, working at Australia Zoo and filming. Those things are where my heart truly lies,” she added.

Dancing with the Stars will return for season 22 with head judge Len Goodman on March 21, 2016.