- River cruise from Southbank, Brisbane to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
- See Brisbane's modern riverside mansions and historic buildings as you cruise along the Brisbane River
- Explore Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, the world's first and largest koala sanctuary
- Cuddle a koala, hand feed a kangaroo and watch sheepdogs and birds of prey in action at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
- Glimpse the elusive platypus that live at the Platypus House
- Keep an eye out for the wild lorikeets (Australian parrot) that come to feed at Lone Pine
Recent Photos of This Tour
Who can resist a cuddle with ...Photo by: Robert M
Something pink and refreshing ...Photo by: Robert M
Come and get it!Photo by: bullminkle##
Friendly RoosPhoto by: bullminkle##
Kangaroos everywhere!Photo by: grewik
Cuddling a Koala.Photo by: Vickie S
KangaroosPhoto by: Kevin F
Lone PinePhoto by: Kevin F
BrisbanePhoto by: Kevin F
KoalaPhoto by: Linda P
What You Can Expect
Lone Pine is the world’s largest koala sanctuary, with more than 130 of the furry bears on site. You can choose to cuddle a koala (own expense), take photos with the adorable marsupials and perhaps catch a talk by the koala’s keepers.
You can also feed the kangaroos and wallabies; more than 100 of them live in a 5-acre (2 hectare) reserve at Lone Pine. Or head over to the Platypus House where you may get a chance to see the shy platypus, a native to Australia.
Along with koalas and kangaroos, Lone Pine hosts a sheepdog show where you see the hardworking dogs round up a herd of sheep, responding to their master’s whistles, calls and hand signals. You can see owls, kites and sea eagles soar above you at the Birds of Prey show, or marvel at the colorful feathers of the wild lorikeets that fly in twice daily for feedings. Other bird species and a population of Eastern Water Dragons, a lizard that grows up to 3 feet (90cm) long, also like to visit Lone Pine’s lush natural parkland.
If you work up an appetite during the day, you’ll be able to purchase meals on the river cruise boat or at the two cafes at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary (own expense). After about 2.5 hours at Lone Pine, you’ll re-board your boat and be returned to Southbank in Brisbane to conclude your tour.
This is a locally owned and run boat tour. The staff are very friendly and helpful. The commentary is interesting and sets Brisbane out for the visitor to enjoy.
The tour drops off and collects at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. my only suggestion for improvement is to have slightly longer to visit the sanctuary - especially with children who really do love seeing the animals.
Great trip would highly recommend and do again should we have the pleasure of coming to Oz in the future!
Our first day in Australia and what a great trip. Sailing up the river was relaxing and loved the koala sanctuary we petted kangaroos and had our picture taken holding a koala. The time we had there was perfect and the boat crew were very informative.
This was the best thing we did whilst in Australia. Loved the whole place from the koalas, wombats and fruitbats to the kangaroos. It was a really interesting place and if we can ever get back to Brisbane we will return. The river cruise was also good with friendly people.
This tour is great, but too short a period at the actual venue. Of the 5hrs, about 3 are spent on the boat. On the day we went, the outbound was delayed by a technical issue, and then we were delayed by speed restrictions on the river, but the return departure time remained the same. We would have liked a lot longer to see everything, and to browse in the shop. But we loved getting close up and personal with the animals, and the staff were knowledgeable. The site was clean and well maintained, and the animals looked well. Holding a koala was a highlight, and we really enjoyed the day. One caution: we went in the off season, so no children and no crowds and the queue for the koala photos wasn't too bad. This wouldn't be the case in high season and school holidays, when I imagine the paths and large pens would get very crowded and it could be difficult to get near the small pens. We were pleased to be able to buy food and drink on the return journey, which we hadn't planned to do, since there had been insufficient time to get anything at the venue, the commentary, sparse on the way out, was non-existent on the way back. But the captain did invite passengers who were interested a turn at steering the boat, which might amuse some. In short, it was a memorable day, but not long enough.
The boat trip was excellent, informative with great views!! The koala sanctuary was lovely, great to see all different animals, the opportunity to feed the kangaroos and hold the koalas,is one not to be missed, by the young or old!! Highly recommend the trip.
A highlight of our Australia holiday. Don't miss this experience.
Highly recommended. The river cruise and the sanctuary was amazing.
Pleasant boat trip and wonderful introduction to the wonders of the Australian animal kingdom. Loved being able to hold a koala, feed the kangaroos, and watch a platypus under water. Also saw a fun dog herding demonstration.
We found the cruise was so interesting as we had not been to Brisbane before. The staff were so professional and even called a taxi for us at the end of the tour so we could go back to our cruise ship. The sanctuary was so fascinating, we would have liked to stay longer, but we needed to get back to our ship. Well done would recommend it to future visitors.
Very enjoyable and included a truly up close view of the koalas and kangaroos.