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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Admission with Brisbane River Cruise

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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 observe native Australian wildlife. 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, enjoy ample time 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
  • Explore Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, the world's first and largest 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.

What's Included

  • Round-trip cruise
  • General Admission into Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
  • Food and drinks (available to purchase)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Cultural Centre Public Pontoon
    Cultural Centre Boardwalk, South Brisbane QLD 4101, Australia

    The pontoon is located on the riverside boardwalk, just outside the Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art Cultural precinct, Southbank.

Start time

10:00 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

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.

Arrive at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and enjoy plenty of time to explore on your own.

More than 130 koala bears reside at Lone Pine—the world’s largest koala sanctuary. Plus, you 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 three 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.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary opened in 1927 as a safe refuge for sick, injured, and oprhaned koalas, at a time when the species was being culled for the fur trade. Founder, Claude Reid, recognised something had to be done to help protect one of Australia's most iconic species. Today, Lone Pine remains as a destination not only see native Australian animals, but to also connect and learn, and to leave feeling inspired to make small, positive changes in your daily lives to help protect native wildlife and habitats. Along with koalas and kangaroos, Lone Pine hosts a sheepdog show where you see the hardworking dogs round up a herd of sheep, responding to their master’s whistles, calls and hand signals. You can see owls, kites and sea eagles soar above you at the Birds of Prey show, or marvel at the colorful feathers of the wild lorikeets that fly in twice daily for feedings. Other bird species and a population of Eastern Water Dragons, a lizard that grows up to 3 feet (90cm) long, also like to visit Lone Pine’s lush natural parkland.

3 hours Admission Ticket Free

The Brisbane River

You’ll board your boat in Brisbane’s Southbank district and leave the city behind on a relaxing cruise to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Enjoy informative commentary from your captain as you glide along Brisbane’s waterfront, passing from the bustle of the city’s skyscrapers to leafy suburbs with waterside mansions. After about an hour you’ll arrive at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary where you’ll be free to explore for 3 hours.

40 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

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
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • No health restrictions apply to this tour
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Admission with Brisbane River Cruise?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Admission with Brisbane River Cruise?

A:The policies on social distancing are:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Admission with Brisbane River Cruise?

A:The policies on staff health & safety are:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

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Traveler Tips

The food at the sanctuary cafe is really basic, so don't expect much.
You can get a picture with one, (not holding them) but with your camera and there was no charge.
If you get hungry or thirsty along the way they have a cafe inside the boat to get soft drinks, beer, snacks, or even a whole meal.
557 reviews
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Reviews by Viator travelers.
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Great day out for a Family Trip
Donna_M, Feb 2022
Staff and Crew were all very professional and friendly made the trip more memorable will definately recommend to others
Response from Host, Mar 2022
Thanks for the 5 star review and recommendation. We love hearing such wonderful feedback. Kind regards Debbie
Great day out
Yvette_G, Feb 2022
Boat ride was lovely, exhibitions were great loved the platypus lived here all my life and now I’ve finally actually seen one even though they inhabit my home town wonderful
Response from Host, Mar 2022
Thanks so much for letting us know how much you enjoyed your day out with us. Kind regards Debbie
Great experience, highly...
Tanya_B, Jan 2022
Great experience, highly recommend. Only criticism the experience was meant to be pram friendly and when we arrived at the park there is a large hill with lots of steps we had to carry our pram / toddler up.
Response from Host, Feb 2022
Thanks for letting us know that you had a great experience on our cruise to Lone Pine. The crew are usually around to help out with carrying prams up the steps, I do apologise that they missed seeing you needing assistance. Thanks for the feedback. Regards Debbie
Lovely Brisbane day
Leanne_H, Jan 2022
Great commentary on boat Koalas Bird show Dog show Boat left on time Lovely staff Good range of animals
Response from Host, Jan 2022
We are happy to hear you enjoyed your day with us. Kind regards Debbie
A wonderful experience.
Lyn_W, Dec 2021
We had perfect weather for our cruise upriver. What an amazing feeling to be able to hold a beautiful koala and purchase a photo for an everlasting memory. The free flight raptor show was spectacular with magnificent birds zooming over the top of our heads.
Response from Host, Jan 2022
So good to hear you had a great time our our cruise to Lone Pine. Sounds like your experience was amazing. Kind regards Debbie
Elizabeth_M, Sep 2021
A great way to learn the history of the Brisbane River, stopping at the Lone pine koala park for cuddles.
Response from Host, Nov 2021
Thanks for the 5 star review and lovely feedback. Regards Debbie
1 traveler found this review helpful
Everything was perfect.
Garland_H, Jul 2021
Everything was on point. Boat was very clean and well maintained. Staff was helpful and knowledgable.
Response from Host, Jul 2021
Thank you for your very kind review. We appreciate this very much. Kind regards Debbie
neil_k, May 2021
The cruise dow the river very informative on the sites and the park was awesome I have never seen koala's so active the day was awesome.
Response from Host, Jun 2021
Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed our cruise and the sanctuary. Kind regards Debbie
Please refund the money
Dilky_C, May 2021
The trip was cancelled by the operator. I oils like the money to be refunded. I have written three times to you without any response. This is poor customer service.
Response from Host, Jun 2021
Hello, we are sorry to that you have had this experience. Please email us at directly so we can sort this out for you, as we think your booking may have been with Viator and you may have been emailing them. Either way, we will sort this out. Kind regards Debbie
1 traveler found this review helpful
Enjoy a wonderful day out
Stewart_M, May 2021
Fantastic time viewing the animals etc. Very good interaction with crew who work there. Staff very informative to questions. Bit of a downside unfortunately is maybe a few more rubbish collection points and letting the public know when and if the food place is open. All in all if possible would return
Response from Host, Jun 2021
Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review and share your experience with others. I will take your feedback about the rubbish and cafe to the crew and to the staff at Lone Pine for improvement. Kind regards Debbie
Ellen_S, Dec 2020
As usual we had a delightful stay in this lovely peaceful dwelling overlooking its meandering creek and natural Bush land. The owners of the house have thought of everything right down to the great BBQ out on that wonderful deck. If we did nothing else but sit on that deck and take in the view....that would be enough.
Response from Host, Jan 2021
Hello Ellen, I think you have posted this review in the wrong place, but great to hear you stayed in an awesome place. Sounds so peaceful. Regards Debbie
Great day
Sandra_M, Oct 2020
Great experience, friendly staff, the day was beautiful, lovely ride on the boat and we took amazing photos with koalas😍
Response from Host, Oct 2020
Sounds like you had a fabulous day and we are happy that you have shared your experience with us. Thank you also for giving us 5 stars, we appreciate this. Kind regards Debbie
Wonderful cruise with a super crew!
Johanna_H, Sep 2020
The Brisbane River Cruise on the Mirimar boat was the highlight of our day! The crew was fantastic, they made us feel more than welcome and provided heaps of commentaries all along the river. We stayed 2 hours in the Sanctuary where we saw heaps of Koalas but also Platypus, a Cassowary, Kangaroos, reptiles... The return trip on the boat was also nice thanks to our super crew! I highly recommend this experience! If you are on a touristic trip or even just curious about Brisbane history, don't hesitate!
Response from Host, Sep 2020
Thank you for this lovely feedback. We appreciate the time you have taken to write this lovely review and great to hear that you had a wonderful day with us. Kind regards Debbie
Great day out
Anna_B, Aug 2020
River cruise is a fantastic way to travel to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, they make a yummy egg and bacon roll on the boat. A Great day for both toddlers and adults.
Response from Host, Aug 2020
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience. We appreciate the lovely review. Kind regards Debbie
Australia Highlight
Jane_R, Apr 2020
Great narrated cruise to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. The sanctuary of koalas and kangaroos was great!
Response from Host, Apr 2020
Thank you so much for give us this amazing feedback. Kind regards Debbie
A gentle, easy going, excursion.
David_L, Mar 2020
Arrived in plenty of time to get a seat on top deck. Great atmosphere amongst travellers. Informative commentary both ways. Just the right balance to keep people involved and interested while cruising. Two hours at Lone Pine was sufficient to see all the animals and attend intro talk. As so many Aussie animals are nocturnal there was not, perhaps, as much to see as we expected. Cafe was a little tired, but the fresh fruit pots were great and the drinks really cold. As the weather was very hot and humid we enjoyed a nice cold beer on the return trip, served by friendly crew members. All in all a really enjoyable day out.
Response from Host, Apr 2020
Great to hear you enjoyed your day out with us, and thanks for letting us know that you found the timing of the day a good balance. Kind regards Debbie
Wonderful day trip from Brisbane
Paul_T, Mar 2020
Scenic trip up the river was informative and beautiful. Commentary was extensive and incredibly interesting. At the sanctuary we were able to get close to a range of native animals. The koalas were quite active and visible to onlookers A wonderful day out
Response from Host, Apr 2020
Thanks for letting us know you had a wonderful day out. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your day. Kind regards Debie
Boat trip & Koalas
DiBell-Scotland, Mar 2020
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary River cruise excellent boat was clean, tidy & well catered Staff were friendly too Sanctuary was great too - various animals not just koalas (kangaroos, rapture show, sheep, Tasmania devil, crocodile, dingos) A great day out!
Response from Host, Mar 2020
Thanks so much for letting us know you had a great day out with us. Thanks for the amazing review. Kind regards Debbie
Koalas galore...and more!
Shannon_S, Mar 2020
Sooooooo many koalas - I took hundreds of photos! Also fun to feed the kangaroos! Great amenities and facility. Wonderful river tour as well.
Response from Host, Mar 2020
Thank you so much for giving us a wonderful review. We are happy to hear how much you enjoyed your day with us. Kind regards Debbie
A must for all who visit Brisbane
Marat_N, Mar 2020
The boat trip was very comfortable. All the way up the Brisbane river the guide provided us with comments on what we could see on both banks, its history and fun facts. After we arrived, we had plenty of time to explore the Koala Sanctuary. But let the name of this national park not confuse you, because you will find other animals native to Australia as well. I particularly enjoyed kangaroos who live there in the free and you can pet them, feed them and watch them be in their natural habitat.
Response from Host, Mar 2020
We appreciate your review. Great to hear you enjoyed the day with us. Kind regards Debbie


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