Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is an amazing tourist hotspot for visitors who are seeking to meet some of Australia’s iconic wildlife.
Although I’ve lived in Brisbane for some time, I hadn’t checked it out before, until my parents stopped over for a visit. I was pleasantly surprised at what a great time we had, and thought I would share this experience, and answer some questions you may have.
Luckily, it’s easy to reach Lone Pine from the city centre of Brisbane, even without a car. You can grab a bus off Queen Street, or Adelaide Street, you can even enjoy a long and breezy boat cruise from Southbank if you so desire.
Here’s the websites link regarding transportation for more info:
What animals can I see?
Initially, based on the name, “Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary” you may be thinking there’s solely koalas and nothing else, but there’s actually a wide variety of Aussie animals to visit.
Platypus, dingoes, kangaroos, wombats, cockatoos, that’s just naming a few, but those are all animals you can visit during your stay. It’s a really great way to get educated on these animals and see them in a safe environment.
Can I interact with any wildlife?
If you’d like to, yes!
Most people head to Lone Pine to receive an iconic shot of you holding a koala bear, but you can do more than just that.
On top of the added cost of entry ($36 for adults), you can pay an additional $20 for a photo of you holding a koala. A professional, high quality photo is taken for you to keep, and you can take photos on your cell phones as well.
I am on a budget, so I wasn’t too keen on spending $20 to hold a koala (plus, I’m a little bit of a chicken!) What ended up happening, was my mom, (who had koala holding on her bucket list), paid for her photo which I got to be in with her, so I still received an up close and personal interaction without paying $20 for me to freak out. 😉
In case you’re wondering, here is the link to their website that explains the prices and times for animal holding
You can also hold a snake or a raptor, but that’s SOOO not on my bucket list, so we all passed on this opportunity. Too scary for us.
That all said, the highlight for me during our visit was visiting the kangaroo’s and wallaby’s in their free-range area.
You can purchase some feed for them in the general store for around $3 if I remember correctly, and head on over.
It was a bit strange at first, as there’s an abundance of kangaroos and wallabys all bouncing and laying around, it took a little while for me to get the guts to approach one!
But they’re all very friendly and will happily nibble some feed out of your hand. It was a really fun experience, and made for some great photos.
Is it worth a visit?
In my opinion, yes!
I really wasn’t sure what to expect before visiting, if it would be solely koala bears everywhere, or if it would be a zoo experience that left me depressed for the animals.
I’m pleased to say it was a great experience I recommend to all visitors to Brisbane, as not only is there plenty of interactive experiences with a variety of animals, but that the animals are also very well taken care of and seem very content and relaxed in the sanctuary.
Have you visited an animal sanctuary before? What was your experience like? We would love to hear about it in the comments below!