• Location: Brisbane, Australia
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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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. 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

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. 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.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 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.

Mandy R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Loved this trip! A great combination of the river cruise and visit to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, we were given an informative talk on way on the boat pointing out things of interest etc. There was enough time to see everything at the Sanctuary and feeding the kangaroos was a highlight as well as getting up close to the koalas, we didn't have a photo with the koalas and would suggest if you do want a pic to join the queue as soon as you get of the boat as this is very popular. We would recommend this trip 100.

Allan W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Excellent tour to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary - there was plenty of space on board and we enjoyed the cruise up the Brisbane river to the sanctuary on a hot day.
The sanctuary was excellent with the opportunity to see Koalas, Kangaroos, Platypus and Dingos up close. A lovely relaxing trip!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

A great way to see more of Brisbane from the water and get close to australian animals! Friendly staff, digital tourguide for the cruise and you can buy drinks as the boatride can get very hot. Really recommend to book this tour online to skip the line to climb aboard the boat. Deckchairs and some stairs to climb on the boat. It was also possible to sit indoors at tables. When you arrive at the sanctuary there is a climb/stairs so if you have trouble walking it will be tough. The only thing is that did not work out for us during our trip was tickets for holding a koala. There was no chance at all to get tickets by the time you get to the sanctuary. What we understood was that you had to buy tickets really early in the morning on site. The park itself was nice and you get really close to koalas and kangaroos.

Rachael M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

EXCELLENT!!!!! If you're thinking this will be something you'd like... just book!!! you won't be disappointed. Plus taking the cruise means you don't have to queue for a ticket at the other end you are taken straight to the entrance by the captain of the boat as well as having a lovely informative cruise along the river and if you're really lucky you may spot a dolphin!!! we were very lucky to have spotted THREE on our way back. A totally amazing day out. BEST DAY OF MY YEAR SO FAR. I'd never seen a Koala before in my life and I got to see so many and up close too, as well as lots of other incredible animals. JUST DO IT! you can pay on the day but I found booking online the most convenient and also guaranteed me a place on the boat. WONDERFUL! :

Graham F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Great views of Brisbane from the boat and good commentary. Wildlife park was excellent.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Getting to hold a Koala and feed Kangaroos was the highlight of our trip! This was an awesome tour!

Mark D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Both the cruise up river to the sanctuary and the sanctuary are excellent and you can even get to hold a Koala this trip is well worth the price paid.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Thouroughly enjoyed the river cruise and very interesting commentary. Lone Pine was even better than last time we visited 8 years ago. Could do with more time at the park as we had to rush around to see everything before the boat left to return to the city, but we did manage to see everything.

Teresa C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Great time.

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