"I have an incredible boyfriend," Irwin tells PEOPLE

By Patrick Gomez
Updated October 29, 2015 08:00 AM
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Dinner date for four?

Bindi Irwin says she only gets to see her boyfriend Chandler Powell in person every “two to three months” – and even those rare visits are shared with her mom Terri and 11-year-old brother Robert.

“I always feel bad because Chandler and Robert really like each other,” Terri says in the current issue of PEOPLE of her daughter’s “lovely, kind of old-fashioned” boyfriend and her son. “We’ll be on a picnic, and the boys will go off exploring together, and Bindi’s stuck with me, going, ‘Well, I wonder when they’re going to be back?’ “

Irwin met Powell, an 18-year-old professional wakeboarder, in November 2013 when she was asked to lead him on a tour around Australia Zoo.

After the tour, Powell asked Terri if he could correspond with Bindi, and the teenagers’ friendship later blossomed into something more.

“I have an incredible boyfriend,” says Bindi. “He’s amazing.”

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Though Powell is currently attending college in Florida, he and Bindi (who is based in Queensland, Australia, when she’s not competing on season 21 of Dancing with the Stars in Los Angeles) says they stay in touch daily via Skype and FaceTime.

And when the young couple is together, they enjoy spending time together in the wilderness.

“We love being outdoors, whether it’s hiking, going out on the lake – just everything outside,” says Powell.

Which is good, because “I could never be with someone who was an indoors kind of person,” says Bindi. “Chandler and I love to go have adventures or a picnic in the park. He’s even going to try and teach me how to wakeboard. We’ll see how that goes.”

For more from Bindi – including her plans for the future and how she’s honoring her father’s legacy – pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday