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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 3 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 3 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

Julie S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Great river cruise followed by fantastic experience holding a koala and feeding numerous kangaroos.

Christopher C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Friendly staff, nice and well maintained boat. Good audio tour of the city/river as we traveled to Lone Pine.

Girlie H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

We enjoyed the ride specially Lone Pine Koala sanctuary its a must destination if you want to visit Brisbane.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This is one of the few places where you can actually hold a koala. The fee to hold a koala includes the photos. The sanctuary is well kept. You can also feed kangaroos, see shows and many other animals. The ferry ride on the Brisbane River is great and very informative

Suzanne W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

How fun to see so many koalas in one place, and so close. Kangaroos, kukaburas and all the others on the premises. A truly unique and enjoyable experience.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We had a wonderful day at the Lone Pine Sanctuary and the river cruise was very good with the running commentary. The facilities onboard were great. Tasty food and reasonably priced. Good to book in advance as it worked out cheaper. The sanctuary was excellent and the koalas were a delight. We were so thrilled to see the platypus, it made our day.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

A most for every visitor

Karen A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

LOVED IT! Cruise commentary was very helpful in getting an idea of history of the river area. Seeing koalas and getting to hold one was a lifelong dream for me - though it's a very short time to hold them, it was still fantastic!!! Couldn't believe you could just walk in and wander around to feed kangaroos! Definitely recommend it.

Frances G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

It was very relaxing on the boat and hearing about the history of the Brisbane river was informatif.The Koala park was was good. Overall it was n very good experiance.

Leabird United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

I learned some history on the cruise, and there was plenty of time at the sanctuary. The staff were helpful and the food on board was decent. Just the right number of people on board.

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