Hopping with Kangaroos and Hugging the Koalas!!!
Having started our Australian backpacking journey in Brisbane, one of our initial sightseeing tours was to the world renowned Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary located about 13 kilometers from Brisbane City. What better way to be initiated in the ways of the southern continent than by meeting it’s original and unique residents, no ?
Officially recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the world’s first and largest koala sanctuary, with 80 years of experience and over 130 koalas. The sanctuary also houses kangaroos and a large variety of Aussie wildlife, all in beautiful and natural settings.
Some of the famous residents of the zoo :
Kangaroos, Wombats, Tasmanian Devils, Echidnas, Cassowary, Platypus, Possums, Emus to name a few.
All uniquely Australian and all quite fascinating!!
The most striking features of this Zoo are:
1) The 5 Acre open grounds where you can interact freely with kangaroos and feed them with your own hands.
2) Koala Cuddling – Get your pictures taken whilst hugging these cute animals. Cost is 18 $ for this must-do additional attraction. You get a photograph as a keepsake which is included in the price.
3) There are a range of interactive shows throughout the day like Wild Lorikeet Feeding, Barn Animal Encounter, Sheep Dog & Sheep Shearing Show, Tasmanian Devil Feed & Keeper Presentation to name a few. Check at the counter for the day’s schedule.
Getting There and Away:
There is an entrance to the sanctuary from a car park, and also an entrance to the sanctuary from the Brisbane River. One can arrive by private car or taxi, a journey of approximately 20 minutes from the City.
The Mirimar is the only boat that visits Lone Pine. It leaves from the Cultural Centre Pontoon at 10:00am everyday. Go to www.mirimar.com for more information.
The cruise takes approximately one hour & 15 mins, arriving at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary at around 11:15 am and departing again for the city at 1:45pm
Buses from Brisbane leave from Adelaide Street every hour. Bus Number -445 or 440. The bus takes you directly inside the park.
Open from from 9:00am until 5:00pm every day of the year except Anzac day (1:30pm – 5:00pm) & Christmas Day (9:00am – 4:00pm).
Adult Ticket – 35 A$ (31.5 A$ if booked online and with a printout).
Family Pass (2 Ad+3Ch) : 85A$ (76.5A$ if booked online and with a printout).Further Reading – Lone Pine Official Website
The sanctuary gets a big thumbs up from us and is highly recommended.
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