Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Brisbane
If you're interested in seeing, touching and learning about Australia's native animals, then Lone Pine oala Sanctuary is worth a look. Located in Brisbane's Western suburby, Lone Pine is about a 15 minute drive from the CBD. The park has displays of Australian animals, including wombats, tasmanian devils, snakes, kangaroos, emu's, dingos and of course koalas. Tours include educational information about the animals, and you are able to hold the koalas in a special area. There are also BBQ's and picnic areas in the park.
Entry prices range from $11 (children) to $16 (adults), with group, seniors and family discounts available.
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the oldest and largest koala zoo in Queensland. It claims to have more than 130 koalas!!! Originally I didn't plan to go there but after my failure in seeing any wild koalas in the nature and under the great recommendation of Kate (my UK friend met in Noosa), I decided to go there.
I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the first batch of koalas there. I was so close to them. The fences separating vistors and the koalas are of only about 1m height. I felt so close with the koalas!!! The most interesting thing of the zoo is that the koalas are classified into different groups such as retired, kindergarten, bride, babies ...etc and are put in different zones. They're so cute!!! I spent lots of time in front of each group to study them, they're really not identical!!!
You must search for a zone in which koala-kids are put together with their mums. I saw a family of three, a big one (mum?) + a medium one (big brother?) + a tiny one (little brother?), they were amazing!!!
OK, apart from koalas, you can also come close with kangaroos (please read my travelogue), sheep, snakes and other animals like birds.
This is not only an off the beaten path but a must-do activity. Please read my travelogue for sharing my joy with the cutie babes.
$ saving tips:
1. Present your YHA cards at the ticket office for a 1x% discount (forgot the exact amount).
2. Go to its official website www.koala.net to get a free-gift coupon before you go. ( I got a crystal key-ring of a koala mother+son, very lovely!).
Here at Lone Pine you can feed Rainbow Lorikeets, hold snakes, and Koala's.
You can feed and look at Wombat's, Lizards, Echidna's, Tasmanian Devil's Dingo's and Fruit Bats.
There is also a Sheep Dog show where they show you how the dog's can round up the sheep. (great for kids!)
You can get your photo taken with a Koala
Digital Photo $15
You receive 8
Big Calendar $10*
This calendar is HUGE at 300 x 500mm
10 Pack $20
Snake Photos $15
Bird of Prey Photos $15
Croc Holding Photos $15
Family (2 Adults + up to 3 children) $65.00
Child (3 - 13 years) $19.00
Student (with I.D.) $21.00
Also, Backpackers (with YHA, VIP or Nomads I.D.) get up to 15% off.
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is great for getting close to all the Australian animals. Here you can cuddle a koala and hand feed kangaroos and emus. There are more than 130 koalas here but when you hold them, be prepared for the claws, they can dig in a bit.
Jesmond Road, Fig Tree Pocket, Brisbane
Lone Pine Sanctuary, coala and kangaroo-park... Nice place if u have never seen one of those before :o)
Its on Jesmond Rd, Fig Tree Pocket! Best reached by car!