Brisbane, Australia

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5 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
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Offered in: English


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. 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

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This tour takes the scenic route to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary with a cruise along the Brisbane River.

Inclusions & Exclusions


  • Round-trip cruise
  • Entry to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary


  • Food and drinks (available to purchase)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
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Departure & Return

Departure Point

Cultural Centre Pontoon, Southbank

Departure Time


Return Details

Returns to original departure point at approximately 3:30pm
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What To Expect

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. Plus, you'll have the chance to 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.
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Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair: Cruise is accessible however Lone Pine has a set of 28 steps to climb from the jetty to the entrance
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Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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Viator Traveler's Reviews

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, Mar 2019

Boat ride down the river was lovely...with just the right amount of narration ( if you get my drift) 😏
Heaps of time at the sanctuary..very interesting...🐨 too cute for words.
All in all a great way to spend the day.

, Dec 2018

had a great day out. the boat cruise had very friendly and helpful staff and the cruise was very informative.Lone pine - is well setup and we enjoyed the day there probably needed another hour tho. we skipped holding a koala as the line was at least an hour long and we would of missed everything else.

, Dec 2018

It was a really hot day but with the breeze on the boat and lots of shade at Lone Pine, we were ok. Would really recommend this tour if you want a good look at the river and you love Australian animals. Lots of fun!

, Dec 2018

Very pleasant river cruise to the sanctuary, with accompanying commentary of the passing points of interest.The sanctuary was very interesting, with various displays/presentations ..I’ve never had an Owl fly straight at me before...Great Day Out

, Dec 2018

The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is a fabulous place to experience. One part of the experience that is a must is to pay for the opportunity to take a photo while holding a Koala!! My guy, Hamlet, was so soft and sweet and smelled like Eucalyptus. The sanctuary houses over 130 Koalas and lots of other indigenous animals. It was a great Australia experience that is a must if staying in the Brisbane area. The river trip was really nice, too, with a great tour along the way.

, Oct 2018

We really enjoyed this tour, despite the 36 degree temperatures and high humidity. Luckily, there was plenty of shade at the sanctuary. The commentary on the boat was really good: informative and amusing at the same time. The sanctuary itself has more than just koalas, although there were about 130 koalas there! Great information, some good shows, including a raptor flying show and a sheepdog demo. Wonderful for children, although we don't have any.I've given this 4 stars only because I'm gluten-intolerant and there was very little available for me. My lunch consisted of two bags of crisps (chips) and a GF biscuit. I discussed this with the staff and they told me that they don't get much demand for GF food, so they just don't find it worthwhile catering for special diets at all. So if you have any particular dietary requirements, you might want to pack a picnic lunch.

, Oct 2018

Excellent experience overall.

, Jul 2018

From beginning to end it was a once in a lifetime adventure! A must see down under! Such an incredible experience to hold koalas, pet and feed kangaroos and wallabies.

, May 2018

We enjoyed it! Especially being able to actually hold a Koala!!!

, May 2018

Not kept up.

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