• 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

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.

Tim G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Id recommend this as it combines two great activities to do in Brisbane. You catch the boat from the Southbank which is very close to the main centre of Brisbane where most of the hotels are, so it is within walking distance. The cruise is done at a nice slow pace with narrated commentary for the whole journey, picking up on Brisbanes landmarks along the river and local history all which is done in an interesting and funny manner. The boat ride is about an hour to get to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, I had thought that we might not get enough time at the sanctuary but it was just about right as the place isnt that big and you can see all the attractions in a few hours. As well as Koalas there is a large Kangaroo reserve, reptiles, Dingoes, birds, Tasmanian devils, bats and a Platypus! The Koalas are the main attraction and there are loads of them, its worth paying the extra money to get a photograph of you holding one. The cruise back was nice and relaxing and a good opportunity to take try some of the food and drinks on the boats, both are reasonable priced and they have a good range of drinks that are cheaper than at the Sanctuary.
A great way to combine the Brisbane River and Koala Sanctuary.

Julie A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

This tour was amazing!

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

We enjoyed the leisurely hour or so cruise down the river to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. It was a little breezy on the river so we appreciated the coffee and snacks offered for purchase on board. The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary was compact and very well done so it was easy to see everything in a few hours as well as catch a few shows including the koala feeding time amazing to see them excited and climbing all over each other as well as vocalizing to each other for territory!. We loved taking our pictures with the koalas and were very surprised to find how heavy they were to hold also, they had super sharp claws. The platypus enclosure was wonderful and thankfully air-conditioned!

Femia Frances B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Doing Lone pine sanctuary and brisbane cruise is a learning experience especially seeing the other of brisbane by cruise . We learned a lot of historical things that you can learn while driving brisbane . Seeing a lot of koalas was very especial to my visitors.This cruise and lone pine must do if you are visiting brisbane...

Ann W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Great experience. Both the river cruise and the Koala Sanctuary were a great way to enjoy Brisbane.

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