Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Brisbane

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Recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the world's first and largest koala sanctuary, with over 85 years of experience and 130 koalas. In 2015, Lone Pine was inducted into the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame for five consecutive years of excellence. Interact with 100 species of Australian animals, with hands-on experiences and presentations. Hand-feed kangaroos and wild lorikeets, or get cuddly with a beautiful koala. Lone Pine is also home to two platypus, residing in a AUD $1 million exhibit, who will entertain you with their playful antics. Catch all the action in the Bird of Prey Free Flight show, or enjoy a real Australian outback farm experience at the daily Sheepdog show, performed by experienced award-winning sheepdog handlers and their loyal dogs. Relax and take in the beautiful surroundings, while you use the free WiFi available all throughout the park. Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Brisbane trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.
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  • This sanctuary is well run. You can hold a Koala, and feed the Kangaroos. There are many tropical birds to see, and it is with it to see the parakeets feed. There is a lovely picnic area outside the p...  more »
  • This is the best place to see and interact with the native Australian wildlife. There are LOTS of koalas to watch. You can have a picture taken with one or hold one. One important piece of advice: if ...  more »
  • This is a good zoo, but for me the main attraction is holding a koala and feeding the kangaroos. Arrive early (plenty of parking) and go to the store in the center of the park to up for the photo with...  more »
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  • I definitely want to come back. It’s a great place for kids and animal lovers. The animals appeared very happy, well cared for, and loved. The staff in particular were knowledgeable and helpful with any questions my group or I had.any of the animals walked around the park freely like wild birds and lizards. It’s a short drive or bus ride from the center of town. While the price of a photo with a koala was steep, I did feel it was fair and there were plenty of free opportunities to take photos with various animals all from Australia. I will 100% be coming back in future trips.
  • Great place to see LOTS of koalas. This rescue sanctuary has about 100 koalas in multiple locations - more than I was expecting. You can book in to cuddle a koala (sign up early) or just take a photo petting one. You can feed and pet kangaroos in an open area. It's a great photo op! Perfect place to take visitors! There are assorted other animals on display, most are native to Australia and NZ. We really enjoyed seeing the animals, but found the keep talks very brief (5-8min) and short on info.
  • Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is a great place to see some Australian native animals. It's close to the middle of Brisbane - only a 20 minute drive or so. While the place does have a lot of koalas, there's also a free-range kangaroo area where you can feed them. There's also a good range of native lizards and birds as well. While Australia Zoo might be bigger and have a lot more to see, it's also a full day trip to properly appreciate it. Lone Pine can be done in a morning or afternoon - easier for families with little kids.
  • A lot to see in a day if you are bringing your friends from overseas to visit. Plenty of koalas. There is a big area where people can interact with all sorts of kangaroos. There are also workshops that explain the wild life protection work done by the Sanctuary. There are sheep dog show and bird of prey show at different time slots. People can also do their own feeding of parrots at specific times. If you go on school holidays may be it is better to book tickets online, that would save you time from waiting in the long queue at the door. Finally, their restaurant is reasonable prices although not a lot of choices.
  • LOVE LOVE LOVE this place. We love animals, and this may be our favorite zoo in the WORLD. (We've been to SF, Oakland, San Antonio, Houston, Washington DC, Lyon France, & other famous zoos. All are much bigger, but access to unusual animals is king here.) Hanging out with the kangaroos, petting them like dogs (& sometimes getting licked on the arm - if we're lucky!), is phenomenal. You can also pet the emus (they like a gentle neck rub), & watch the koala moms get energized (with babies on their backs) as fresh eucalyptus arrives in the afternoons. Members can come back again & again, with 50 ct bags of kangaroo food (vs $2 normally). You can get so close to beautiful birds of prey, swarms of loud hungry lorakeets, and darling flying foxes (BIG BIG bats, preen the inside of their amazing wings, hang right-side-up to poop, etc.). The young people who work here are also wonderful. The world is so fortunate that someone has domesticated all these fantastic kangaroos and educates large groups of humans about how special these various species are. A photo opp with a beautiful koala is also a special souvenir.

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