If you’ve ever wanted to see a koala up close, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the place to go. Not only was it the world’s first koala sanctuary (1927), but it remains the largest with around 130 of these cute creatures.
You can have your photo taken cuddling a koala at any time during your visit. The money spent on photos goes to research, planting more eucalyptus food trees and building shelters.
But Lone Pine has a lot more animals to see. There are dingoes, wombats, Tasmanian Devils, Australian birds and reptiles. In a big paddock, you can hand feed kangaroos and emus. One emu was so friendly she followed us around and posed for portraits. Perhaps it was something to do with the paper bags of food we bought for the animals from Lone Pine’s shop, but we like to think it was we humans she liked.
Worth seeing are the shows that are included in the price of admission.
Koalas: After learning all about koalas from one of Lone Pine’s knowledgable staff, you have the opportunity to pat the animal’s soft grey fur.
Sheep Dogs: Children always enjoy the Sheep Dog show where real sheep farmers guide their dogs, with just a few subtle signals, to herd sheep around and through obstacles.
Eagles and Owls: Birds of Prey show off their skills in the Flight Show, catching tasty morsels mid-flight. At the end of the show, the handlers allow you a close up look at these spectacular birds which you usually only see soaring high above.
Young children will enjoy visiting the Barn where they can feed farm animals and hold chicks and guinea pigs.
There is a lot to see at Lone Pine and you could easily spend the whole day. One of the best things about this sanctuary is its peaceful, leafy setting right on the Brisbane River. Even at busy times, the atmosphere is still relaxed with lots of open space.
There is a cafe/restaurant and plenty of shady spots for a picnic if you bring your own food.
Open: 8:30am – 5:00pm daily
Admission: $28 Adult, $19 Child (3 – 13), $21 Concession, $65 Family (2+3)