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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Brisbane

Brisbane . 2012 . Aug 10

Our river cruise with Mirimir Brisbane River Cruise brings us to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary after more than an hour of cruising.

 A small footpath leads from the dock to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

Koala Kingdom

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary does live up to its name as there are lots and lots of koalas in the sanctuary. These koalas are also divided into different zones based on their age groups.

Koalas can sleep for up to 20 hrs a day, and their waking hours are mainly spent grooming or feeding on the leaves of the eucalyptus tree that it rests on.  Just like the kangaroos, koalas belong to a unique group of mammals called the marsupials.  These mammals give birth to very under-developed young who then complete their development in their mother’s pouch.

With the great number of koalas in the sanctuary, we could see them in different actions – some snoozing at the fork of the tree branches, some were climbing up the trees, and some were feeding.

Cuddle a Koala

Queensland is one of those few places in Australia where visitors get to cuddle a Koala for a photo opportunity (holding a Koala is actually banned in many other states in Australia). Proceeds go to conservation efforts for the Koalas.  As much as we humans like to touch and cuddle these cute animals, this kind of handling places considerable stress on the Koalas, and as a result of this, there are regulations to ensure that each koala only gets ‘hugged’ for 30 mins at a time.  They also get every 3rd day off.

At Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, visitors have to pay a fee of AUD$20 for a photo opportunity with the Koala.  Photo tickets can be bought at the General Store and visitors are welcome to use their own cameras as well to capture the moment.  Judging from the long queues, this must be a popular activity.

Koala Retirement Home

The elderly koalas at Lone Pine gets their own retirement home within the sanctuary where they can rest and live out the rest of their lives!


Besides Koalas, there are also other animals in the Sanctury, including the popular Kangaroos. The Kangaroos roam freely in this open enclosure

Kangaroo feeding is allowed here, so purchase the kangaroo feed from the General Store before making your way to the kangaroo enclosure.  The kangaroos are generally tame and let visitors and children feed and pet them, but we’ve also seen the kangaroos smack each other, so you might want to be careful there.

Some of these kangaroos have a joey in their pouch! Keep your hands off the joey, you won’t want a protective mum smacking your face!


The closest relative to the Koala, the wombat is also a marsupial native to Australia.

At Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, each wombat is kept in a separate enclosure. We caught an adorable one catching up on sleep while sun-tanning.
 And another one basking and stretching under the sunlight.

 and stretching....
 and finally waking up....

This one is lonely and needs a teddy bear to cuddle.
We hope you enjoyed Part 1 of our review of the Lone Pine Koala Sanctury. Stay tuned for Part 2 of our review as there are more animals in the sanctury including Emus, Birds, Platypus, Pythons and a animal barn!

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