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Tour code: 6196KOALA
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

Coralie W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Thoroughly enjoyed our boat cruise with interesting commentary and things to see. The sanctuary was excellent too, well organized, maintained, and with a good program of information about the animals.

Sharon A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Really lovely day - awesome crew and awesome experience for all our family from 1 year old to 58 year old!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Loved the cruise, great crew, and beautiful to see the city and houses along the river. The sanctuary was great, not too big and thought the time there was just right. Highly recommended!

Janet E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This was a great tour and we enjoyed seeing all the wildlife that Lone Pine has to offer.
Very nice boat trip with commentary along the river serving very nice snacks/lunch.
Highly recommend this tour!!

Donald G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Had a great time. The crew were very nice and helped my wife with her mobility scooter we needed to bring to get around the Koala Sanctuary.

Sam S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Excellent river trip to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, with the Sanctuary well run and fully accessible.
Well worth the time and money, and easily booked on line.

Duane R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This tour was the highlight of our three day visit to Melbourne. Lone Pine is a very special place and a great introduction to Australia's indigenous animals. My wife did get to cuddle a Koala and we got to pet Kangaroos, Wallabies, and a Dingo. This is a must do for first timers Down Under.

Fiona M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This tour was great. The trip down the river was smooth and the commentary on the way was informative. The sanctuary was great. Lots to see and the staff were excellent. I'd recommend this trip to anyone who wants a close encounter with a Koala or a Kangaroo.. Brilliant!

Anthony P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Excellent trip - A must if you are visiting Brisbane

Nancy L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This was SO much fun, even though I screwed up the departure time my own fault and missed the boat by ten minutes! No matter we caught a cab and arrived at the Koala Sanctuary before the boat, anyway. We connected with them there, and thoroughly enjoyed both the sanctuary and the return boat trip back to the dock downtown. I had a friend visiting from Bombay, and she said this was one of the highlights of her trip to Australia, as well!

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