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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

John Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Four of us visited the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary by river from Brisbane - all went very smoothly getting there by river with an excellent commentary was great - things to do at the sanctuary were very good - on the way back the crew organised a taxi to pick us up and take us back to our ship - so full marks to the team

Kathleen M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Highly recommend this tour.

Rosy B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This tour was amazing!

Amanda J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Great day out - definately recommend as this is one state where you CAN hold a koala. Didn't realise you couldn't do this in all states so learnt a lot while there.

Sarah A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

The boat ride was relaxing and informative. We had an appropriate amount of time to explore the sanctuary and get up close and personal with the wildlife. The boat staff was very friendly.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Well organized cruise. Sanctuary was delightful.

barbara United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Would recommend this trip. Cuddling a Koala was a highlight of our whole trip.
The boat trip was interesting and the drinks and food reasonably priced.

Kurt S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

The entire day was amazing! The cruise was extremely informative about Brisbane's history and the sights along the way. The Koala Sanctuary was outstanding! Loved holding a koala, getting up close with kangaroos, dingos, and all of the other animals. Loved everything about our day!!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Excellent boat trip and very informative. Plenty to see and enjoy at the koala sanctuary.

Jeremy C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Fantastic opportunity to hold a koala. Lots of other Australian wildlife to see and some really great displays.
Doing good work in conserving Australian species

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