The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary was about a 25 minute bus ride from Queen Street.
Once inside, you are surrounded by native animals - wombats, koalas, kangaroos, lorikeets, a reptile house, emus, wild turkeys....
For $15 you can get a 5x7 photo taken with you holding a koala bear. The experience alone was worth the $15 -- we got to hold a 9 year old koala named David, and it was so amazing, just a rare opportunity so few people in the world will have!
Then, just across from where you take the photo, there is a gift shop that sells bags of kangaroo food -- buy a couple bags (they were $1 each) and head to the fenced in area just down the path.... There you will step inside and before you know it, you will be face to face with dozens of kangaroos that will eat the pellets out of your hand, let you pet them and stick around long enough to take some incredible photos.
There are also emus, some turkeys and pigeons which are COMPLETELY annoying, but it is so worth it to feed the roos! The emus will also eat the food, but the emus were as big as me, so I was too afraid to feed them!
Please be advised, wear shoes that you don't care if they get a little dirty because, naturally, there are kangaroo droppings all over the place, completely unavoidable
If you are lucky enough to take a trip to Brisbane, you must not miss this place, its beautiful
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is approximately a half hour drive from downtown Brisbane and is a great introduction to the famous animals of Australia. While we were there, we were able to see animals like kangaroos, pademelons, kookaburras, dingoes, cassowaries, and of course, plenty of koalas! For an extra fee (I believe it was $15 AUD), you can also hold a koala and have your picture taken with it. I had to do it of course, and it was totally worth it, even though I didn't like the musky koala smell that clung to my shirt the rest of the day. They also allow other people in your party to take pictures of you holding the koala. In addition to getting to hold a koala, you can also feed kangaroos, but we decided that we didn't feel like doing that. There are also presentations about the animals during different times of the day, and these were very educational.
If you have a chance to grab some of the numerous tourist brochures they usually have at hotels, there were several different kinds of coupons you could use at Lone Pine, including discounted admission tickets. There is also a coupon you can print out from their website for a free "G'day Pack", which we used. However, the G'day Pack was only a poster/map of the Sanctuary and I ended up leaving it behind as there was no way I was going to be able to bring that back to America without it getting crushed and wrinkled. We were under the impression that these might have been posters they couldn't sell, so maybe the "contents" of the G'day Pack vary.
xperience the cruise aboard Brisbane's most famous river Boat, MV Mirimar, takes you 19 kilometres (12 miles) upstream through some of the city's most attractive suburbs and most interesting wildlife habitats.
You'll see modern mansions alongside graceful Old Queenslander homes with their wide verandahs and wrought iron lacework - all overlooking lush river-front gardens.
Come close to flying foxes (fruit bats) in the wild. You'll have the opportunity to get a close up view of a unique inner-city colony of fruit bats -so close you can hear the beating of their wings.
And you'll learn about Brisbane's past -some of it amusing and some of it horrifying as the Captain recalls our history. His local knowledge will amaze you!
You will arrive at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary (entry fee included in price). Here you have a full two hours to cuddle a Koala, hand feed Kangaroos and marvel at Australia's many more animal wonders.
Cost $48 adults $27 children
Named after the single hoop pine planted in 1865, beside the souvenir shop and office, this 20 hectare koala sanctuary is the oldest and largestof its kind in the world - accommodating over 130 koalas and 80 other species of Australian animals.
You can cuddle a koala, feed tha kangaroos and wallabies, and get up close with these furry native animals. There are crocodiles, emus (bush chooks!), Tasmanian devil, elusive wombat, frogs, birds, ducks and many other animals to see in this local zoo.
Lone Pine is close to inner Brisbane, and can be accessed by public transport.
Lone Pine claims to be the largest & oldest koala sanctuary in the world and is home to not just several truck loads of koalas but kangaroos, wallabies, Tasmanian devils, endemic lizards, peacocks, farm animals, bats, parrots, wombats, echidnas, dingos, and more.
The sanctuary also provides visitors with the opportunity to hold a koala & get a picture to take home as a souvenir.
One large area is reserved for a species of kangaroo and wallabies that you can also pet.
Hug a koala ($15 with photo), feed kangaroos and emus. See wombats, native birds, bats, lizards, echidnas, and more.
Open daily from 8:30am to 5:00pm, except Anzac Day (April 25) 1:30pm to 5:00pm and Christmas Day (Dec 25) 8:30am to 4:30pm.
Adult = A$ 19.00
Backpackers (with YHA card) = up to 20% off
Family (2 Adults + 3 children) = $49.00
A fun way to get to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is by boat along the Brisbane River.
There are regular buses to and from Lone Pine. They start from the city centre, dropping you off inside Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.
For information on buses & ferries phone 13 12 30 or look up http://www.translink.qld.gov.au/.
This is a pretty good day trip out, especially if you have children. They have a wide selection of wildlife, all native to Australia, with plenty of information about them. There are also lots of activities to take part in, including feeding kangaroos, hugging koalas and having your photo taken with an animal, all for an additional charge! There are also informative talks on the animals. I've been told that Australia Zoo is better, but if, like me, you can't make it there, then this is a pretty good alternative! Opening hours are 8:30am-5:00pm, and entrance fee is $18 for adults, $13 for children aged 3-13, with discounts for students, pensioners, seniors and backpackers with relevant ID.
It is illegal to handle a koala in the other states, but not so in Queensland! The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is a great zoo experience in Brisbane. Walk among lounging kangaroo, wallabies and emu, hold a koala, and see wombats and tazmanian devils. Great for kids!
This is a zoo where you find Australian animals. It is really nice to see these animals. If you like, you can have a pic taken with a koala.
You can see 130 koalas, hand feed kangaroos & emus, 20 ha (50 acres) of natural setting, Tasmanian devils, wombats, dingoes, reptiles and more. Also regular animal talks, picnic & BBQ areas available and free parking.
On 11 October 2001 the price for an adult ticket was AUD 14,50.
Hug one of 130 cute koalas anytime of the day;
Hand feed friendly kangaroos & emus;
See Tasmanian devils, wombats, dingoes, reptiles and more variety of animals;
Walk through 20 hectares (50 acres) of natural setting;
Meet the fun-loving Aussies;
Become an expert on Australian animals through Lone Pine's regular animal talks; and
Picnic or BBQ on the banks of the Brisbane River.
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the World's first and largest koala sanctuary.
Nice place to spend a day with a large variety of Australia native wildlife. You can see koalas, kangaroos, wombats, dingoes, Tasmanian devils, snakes, emus, lorikeets, birds...
- koala cuddling
- hand feeding kangaroos
- lorikeet feeding
- catfish feeding
- picnic or BBQ on the banks of the Brisbane River
Mon-Sun: 7.30am – 5.00pm ($16)
If you would like to pose a picture with the kangaroos and koalas... this is a great place you can go to..... There is an area where you can get to feed the kangoroos.. and you can buy the 'food' from there :)