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5 star rating: Highly Recommended 69 Reviews

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

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Admission with Brisbane River Cruise

Take a leisurely river cruise from Brisbane to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary to meet native Australian wildlife up close. This half-day tour departs from bustling Southbank and cruises along the Brisbane River with views of iconic landmarks on the way to Lone Pine. Upon arrival, you'll have about 2.5 hours to meet the animals. Hand-feed kangaroos, cuddle a koala, observe the platypus, and watch animal shows that feature sheepdogs and birds of prey. A great experience for animal lovers!


  • 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

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What You Can Expect

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Admission with Brisbane River Cruise

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Make your own way to Brisbane’s Southbank district to board your boat. View the city’s skyscrapers, leafy suburbs and waterside mansions pass by as your captain provides informative commentary about the sights.

After approximately one hour, arrive at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and enjoy about 2.5 hours to explore on your own.

More than 130 koala bears reside at Lone Pine — the world’s largest koala sanctuary. Have the option to hold and take photos with a koala (own expense); hand-feed some of the 100 kangaroos and wallabies; or visit the Platypus House to observe the elusive platypus.

The Birds of Prey show features owls, kites and sea eagles, and colorful wild lorikeets fly in for feedings. Keep an eye out for Eastern Water Dragons — a lizard that grows up to 3 feet (90cm) long. Admire the working dogs at the sheepdog show as they round up sheep while responding to their master’s whistles, calls and hand signals.

Meals are available for purchase on the river cruise and at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary's cafe (own expense). After discovering Lone Pine, return to your boat for the cruise back to Southbank where your tour ends. 

Customer Reviews

Gordon F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Enjoyed the river trip and the koala sanctuary very much

Gina C United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Perfect. However, it would be nice if the company would allow guests to stay longer...even 30 minutes more would be perfect. We felt a bit rushed and were not able to see all the park. If you take time to see at least 1-2 of the shows at the park which I highly recommend, then you will have to give up seeing other things at the park.

Blair M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

The Tour was amazing!!! The River Cruise is a great way to see Brisbane and lear about the city and see where you want to go explore. Perfect tour if you don't know what to do in Brisbane you will leave the tour knowing where you can explore. The boat was very comfortable and had food and drinks available for purchase on board. The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary was one of the coolest zoo's I have been too. You can see all the wild animals native to Australia up close and personal. You can hold a Koala and you can hand feed Kangaroos!! Make sure you bring your camera because there will be a lot of photo oops with the Kangaroos and other Animals at the Sanctuary.

Richard H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

We had a wonderful day trip to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Our children ages 9 and 11 had so much fun feeding the kangaroos, seeing and holding the Koalas, watching the bird show and the dog show.
The boat ride back and forth was very enjoyable.

John M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

A very pleasant trip to Lone Pine. The crew were very helpful and a respectful of all of their passengers. At Lone Pine the staff were good and helpful in so many ways

Claus K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Nice boat ride. I will highly recommend Lone Pine Koala Santuary.

Michael S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

The river ride was relaxing and provided excellent views of the city and many of its riverfront neighborhoods. The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary was rather small but was very nice. The animals appeared to be well tended and happy.

Karlheinz P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great Boat Tour with very friendly and accommodating captain and restaurant staff. Very interesting and entertaining information during the trip.
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is worth a trip. Most fascinating is the sheep show with a fantastic presenter. All the animals are well kept and presented.
Overall, a trip that can be truly recommended.

Lila R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We rode a ferry boat to Lone Pine Koala sanctuary. It was a great tour! The raptor show was amazing.

keith w

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Nice leisurely sail excellent friendly crew, loved the Koala sanctuary and the staff are so friendly. Well worth doing.

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