A day at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Back in 2009 when I arrived in Perth, I  got to touch a kangaroo.

I remember my heart racing as the excitement was kicking in that I was able to touch this  incredible animal. I remember my hands shaking as I knelt down on the ground to feed it. It was such a special moment being able to touch something that for my whole life up until that point had been a dream. So when I got the chance to do it again, I was over joyed.


It was my second to last day in Brisbane and I wanted to make it count. My cousin had found a place online that offers a boat cruise to get to the sanctuary “Mirimar Cruises – Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Return River Cruises”. It cost AU$ 75, but it was well worth it. You can head to the website here to get your own tickets.


The cruise departs at 10:00 am from the Cultural Centre Pontoon located on the boardwalk outside the Queensland State Library. (Be there early so you can get a good roof top seat). People started queuing from 9.15…

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the world’s first and largest koala sanctuary.


It takes about 1.5 hours to get to the sanctuary. There is a bar and toilet on board so if you need to quench your thirst, quieten your tummy, or relieve yourself you can. There is also seating downstairs in the boat if walking up the stairs doesn’t take your fancy.     NB: There is aircon downstairs- so maybe that is more inviting on a hot day. It was about 34 degrees Celsius when I went- but I opted for the view instead of the cold 🙂

The cruise itself was nice. It was long, but the pre recorded information talk was interesting. On the way back however, everyone was tired and I am sure would have loved to have sped things up.

On arrival, I zoomed past all the animals and went straight to the koalas. Back in 2009 for some reason I didn’t touch one, and I was making damn well sure that I was not in that position again! The holding of koala’s only happens at certain times of the day, and they are only allowed to be held for a total of 3 minutes per day. So I paid my AU$ 20 for a photo, stood in line and experienced that feeling of my heart racing and my hands shaking. I was only able to hold him for a few seconds, and I had to hold it in a specific way (we are not allowed to cuddle them, or pat them),but it went so fast. I remember him being so soft, and looking down at him while I was grinning from ear to ear, and him taking his paw and holding onto a strand of my hair. It was so special. I have my photo printed and I will forever treasure that moment.

Having ticked that off, I took a walk around the sanctuary. I fed, patted and took selfies with those gorgeous kangaroos; I saw a Tasmanian devil, a wombat, a dingo, platypus, an emu.. and many more! I took hundreds of photos, I don’t think I stopped smiling once. I got sunburnt, I got wet when it rained, I probably got dehydrated as well- but I had the BEST day.

So, if you wondering what to do in Brisbane; whether you are a local or a tourist, this is a fantastic day trip and kid friendly. There is a cafe, seating and toilets on site.

Check out the website here:

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