Rated as one of the best things to do in Brisbane and one of the top 10 zoos in the world, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the world’s oldest and largest koala sanctuary.
It is also one of the few places where you can feed and touch the animals.
As well as heaps of koalas – around 130 including adorable babies – there are many other indigenous species to see. Kangaroos, Tasmanian devils, wombats, platypus, snakes and dingoes all happily hang out in this beautiful haven, nestled on the Brisbane River.
Things to do at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Cuddling koalas would have to be top of the list for most visitors to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. The look of amazement and delight on people’s faces – especially kids and overseas tourists – says it all. You do pay a fee for the privilege, but it’s well worth it, especially given the entry price to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is such good value.
Next on the list would be hand-feeding the emus and kangaroos that roam about socialising, napping and checking out visitors. You can walk freely amongst them as they’re pretty laid back and very used to being around people. There are also colourful lorikeets to feed, or you can meet a platypus or two and have your photo taken holding a snake or baby crocodile.
As well as checking out all the wildlife, there are informative and entertaining shows and other activities daily.
Keep an eye out for the amazing daily ‘Birds of prey’ show where several kinds of birds demonstrate their survival skills and natural behaviours for visitors. The noisy spectacle of the Tasmanian Devils having a feed is another event that’s not to be missed.
As well as the indigenous animals, there are sheep and ponies at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, with sheep-shearing presentations scheduled three times a day.
Where is the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary?
Situated on 4.6 hectares in the Brisbane suburb of Fig Tree Pocket, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is easy to get to by car or taxi. It takes around 20 minutes from Brisbane City and 50 minutes from the Gold Coast.
Cruise to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
A fun and scenic way to get to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is to take the 1 ½ hour Mirimar Boat Cruise from Queensland Cultural Centre in Brisbane’s CBD.
If you’re a family of five, ask about their special deal that includes entry to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and return trip on the boat. It makes this fantastic day out all the more affordable.