Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

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Jesmond Rd, Brisbane, Australia

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Brisbane Reviews

christl3 christl3
171 reviews
Koalas everywhere! Jan 16, 2013
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, about a half hour drive from Brisbane, is the world's first and largest koala sanctuary. It costs $33 entry for adults.

We went to Lone Pine the day before we went to Australia Zoo, so it was a very animal-orientated two days. It received good reviews on Trip Advisor so even though we had been to a 'cuddle a koala' small-scale zoo in Cairns we decided to give it a try. We did not regret it!

The sanctuary specialises in koalas, with over 100 koalas on site, but also contains a variety of native Australian wildlife. It has reptiles such as snakes and lizards, Tasmanian Devils, a Platypus, dingoes, kangaroos and birds.

My favourite were the koalas. They are so cute and cuddly and many people opt for the photograph of themselves holding the koala.

There are shows and presentations that run throughout the day, the timetable of when they occur is printed on your entrance booklet. They have koala presentations where a sanctuary employee explains the history of the place, the nature and habits of the koala. Apparently, the koala sleeps for so long during the day (approx. between 18-20 hours a day!!!... LAZY!) because their diets are made up primarily of Eucalyptus leaves which are very low in energy but high in water content. This leaves them with very little energy. They also have two thumbs for effective gripping of tree branches.

They also do a bird show where they introduce you to their owls and eagles. This show is pretty impressive. They also have a 'scales and tails' show where they showcase their snakes and reptiles. There's also a Tasmanian Devil presentation and feed and a platypus presentation. They are all informative and interesting.

The best aspect of the zoo is the personal feel of the place. It's small and navigatable. The kangaroo enclosure is enormous with about 50 kangaroos who are quite comfortable with human contact. The animals seem happy, as do the staff. There are also a lot of turkeys and lizards wandering around the park, free reign!
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82Emma 82Emma
8 reviews
Brilliant day out Jun 14, 2013
Wanted to go here since I arrived in Bribane. It is a wonderful place. $33 fee, or $28 with YHA warning the Koala is heavy, had to hold one for the camera and of course buy the pic which was $15

As well as a brilliant talk on Koalas you get to feed some lovely Kangaroos, see some reptiles-saw my favourite a bearded dragon as well as a brilliant bird flight. The keepers really knew what they were talking about and I would def recommed this place to anyone visiting brissi
mneerman mneerman
3 reviews
Truly a remarkable place to visit! Jun 17, 2011
I am very cautious when I hear about "animal sanctuaries" because typically the facilities are crude and the animals not cared for. However, I was truly blown away by how clean and well-maintained this place was. The staff was extremely friendly, there was a lot to see and they had really good shows. Very family-friendly and cheap to get in.
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mneerman says:
Well, I am coming to Paris in March so I will be a stone throw away!!
Posted on: Jan 19, 2013
christl3 says:
Oh, that it is! You must come some time :D
Posted on: Jan 16, 2013
mneerman says:
Why thank you! I hear your country is beautiful.
Posted on: Jan 16, 2013
laura77 laura77
3 reviews
hold a koala Mar 21, 2011
I went to lone pine in september. They have all kinds of animals and i really enjoyed it. The sanctuary is not to crowded, so that was good. You can feed the kangaroos and you can hold a koala. That is something i won't forget easy. From the centre of brisbane you can take a buss to lone pine for $ 0.45 so it is cheap and i payed $ 20 to get a ticket
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