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  • Address: 708 Jesmond Road
  • Hours: Open daily 9am - 5pm. Reduced hours on Apr 25 and Dec 25.
  • Admission: Adults: AU$33, Children (3-13yrs): AU$22

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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Australia's first and largest koala sanctuary, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is home to over a hundred cute and cuddly koalas, along with other weird and wonderful native Australian animals like wombats, emus, dingos and kangaroos.

Opened in 1927, the sanctuary began as a home to only two koalas, and over the years has grown to its current size. Lone Pine found its fame around the time of WWII, when Americans would visit the park to see these strange and new creatures. Today, the sanctuary is dedicated to the conservation of all native Australian animals, especially the koala, and works under strict regulations of the Queensland National Park and Nature Reserve Office.

The real highlight of the park is that you are able to cuddle a koala! Get the chance to hold a koala and even pose for a photo. No personal cameras are allowed, so to take home the special memory of you and a koala, you will have the chance to purchase a professional photograph from the park. [Fun fact: Celebrities like John Travolta, One Direction and even the Pope have visited the park and taken their photos with the cute koalas!]

There are plenty of other activities to experience, as well. There are daily lorikeet feedings, sheep shearing shows, meet and greets with some of the other furry animals and even a chance to hold a snake!

And if you get hungry, there are two cafes located around the park for when you need a rest. Or you can opt to bring your own picnic lunch and enjoy it on one of the picnic benches located throughout the park.

Practical Info

The koala sanctuary is 11 km (7 miles) south-west of central Brisbane.

You can catch a bus or taxi here, but perhaps the most interesting way to visit is by boat from central Brisbane. The 80-minute cruise follows the meandering Brisbane River.

Tours & Tickets

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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Admission with Brisbane River Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 82 Reviews

See Australia’s amazing animals on a day trip to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary from Brisbane. Your river cruise takes you from the bustling waterfront of Southbank ...  Read more

Location: Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $53.39

Best of Brisbane Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 115 Reviews

Discover Brisbane's historic city centre, river and wildlife on a full-day tour. You'll tour Brisbane's city-centre attractions by coach, take a cruise along ...  Read more

Location: Brisbane or Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $101.66

Brisbane Afternoon City Tour including Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Mt Coot-tha

4.5 star rating: Recommended 29 Reviews

This tour takes you past some of Brisbane's historic buildings including the oldest "the Mill or Observatory." Get a feel for Brisbane's convict past ...  Read more

Location: Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $80.45

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