Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Discover over 70 species of Australian native animals in a beautiful, natural bush setting at the world's first and largest koala sanctuary. Meet a koala, hand-feed kangaroos, marvel at the playful platypus, and enjoy a full daily schedule of keeper talks and activities, including Sheep Dog Show and Wild Lorikeet Feeding. Amenities: free wiFi everywhere, parents' rooms & cafes.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • SarahH70
    Manchester, United Kingdom253 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous experience
    We booked the trip with Mirimar Cruises taking the boat from the center of Brisbane (you can also get the bus or a taxi) but the boat was a pleasant and interesting way to get there. The sanctuary itself was a great day out. We saw the raptor show and the sheepdog hearding then we were amazed that we could just walk into a compound full of free roaming Kangaroos! they were very placid and calm even when being bothered by young children trying to feed them (dont bother buying roo food - they didnt want it) We walked out of the Roo compound into what we initially though was the cafe, but then we noticed the trees around the tables were full of sleeping koalas. We also saw other native animals such as wombats, tazmanian devils, platypus and local birds. You could pay to stroke or hold a koala but we were just happy to get up close enough to take a photo. We then took the boat back to the city. Overall we had a fabulous and very memorable day.
    Hi there, Thank you so much for your review! We highly appreciate hearing about our guest's day at the sanctuary. It is great to hear that you were able to go on the Mirimar Cruise, it is definitely a great way to arrive at the sanctuary and hear about the sights of Brisbane. I am so happy that you stopped by our Free Flight Raptor and Sheep Dog Shows, these operate daily and are a great way to learn further about our animals and see how they live when they are in the wild. Getting to spend time with our Kangaroos is a great way to spend time with animals and get up close so that you can interact and hand feed them!
    Written 15 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 5 July 2023
  • Karen D
    Snoqualmie Pass, Washington13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary exceeded out expectations!!!!
    This exceeded our expectations! We had a private guide and a small group, 5 of us. We learned so much and loved the individual information and attention. We got front row seats for the raptors and sheep dog show. We got to go back stage and prepare food for the Platypuses and had our pictures taken with a Koala and a snake and we got to go in a visit the Dingos and meet with their caretaker. I cannot tell you how much we learned, our guide was exceptional. We were served Morning Tea and a lovely lunch at a quiet table. We were in Australia for one week and New Zealand for one week. This day at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary was one of the highlights of our trip by far. They do wonderful work and so much more than Koalas! Tasmanian Devils, Lorikeets, Kangaroos, Wallabees, check out their website, make a reservation for a guided tour. Everyone in our group expressed without reserve that it was money well spent!
    Thank you so much for your kind words! I am so happy that you were able to attend our Platinum Tour! This is a fantastic day out with one of our Education Officers who love to tell you about our wonderful animals and show you a behind the scenes look into the care of our animals. The Platinum Tour does include catered morning tea and lunch from our food and beverage department that is enjoyed with a view of our Koala Forest and then of the Brisbane River. I will be sure to let the Education Team know about your kind words!
    Written 2 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 August 2023
  • Moongardners
    Cuxton, United Kingdom85 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic few hours
    I followed a link on the Lone Pine website for a cruise from the centre of Brisbane right to the entrance of the sanctuary. It was a good decision as it took all the stress out of getting there without my own vehicle, plus it was a smooth, interesting trip up the Brisbane River past some jaw droppingly amazing riverfront properties. The sanctuary itself was fantastic. It had a really good feel about it as you could tell the team that worked there really enjoyed the work they do. All the enclosures were well kept, and the animals appeared to be content and well cared for. It was a hot afternoon, but the majority of the park is under dappled shade, so it wasn't too hot to walk around. It's a really good place to spend a few hours.
    Hi there, Thank you so much for your review! I am happy to hear that you were able to visit us with our partners Mirimar Cruises. For guests that want to also see Brisbane from the river, this is definitely a great option and entry to the sanctuary is included in the ticket price! I am so happy to hear you enjoyed your time within the sanctuary and that you enjoyed seeing our animals. I will be sure to pass on your kind words to our teams as they will appreciate hearing from one of our guests about their work. As a sanctuary, our animals are our pride and joy and I am glad that you were able to see the hard work that the teams put in each day to offer the highest standard of care to each and every one of our animals.
    Written 9 September 2023
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    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 5 September 2023
  • Jocasta T
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots of Fun!
    I had a great time visiting the lone pine koala sanctuary! It was easy to navigate the sanctuary and they had lots of free talks/demonstrations throughout the day. I would definitely recommend pre-booking the hold a Koala experience - it sells out fast but is so worth it (and the cost includes a properly printed photo). This is a great place to visit solo or in a group with lots to see!
    Hi there, Thank you so much for your kind words! I am so happy to hear that you were able to stop in at some of our daily talks and shows, they are run by our keepers who endeavour to demonstrate how amazing our animals are and what they do in the wild! I am so happy that you were able to have the Koala Hold experience, you are right that it does sell out quite quickly so always a good idea to have this pre-booked before visiting!
    Written 9 September 2023
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    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 7 September 2023
  • TRIPADVISER
    Eastbourne, United Kingdom493 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best experience ever
    Best experience ever, I only ever wanted to do one thing when in Australia and that is to cuddle a koala. This place is the best , very organised, quite a lot to see. My self and my wife paid to do the Koalas photo experience, and we absolutely loved it , they are so cute. Also there’s a large park where you can hand feed kangaroos, bags of food can be purchased at the food shop. Lovely day out
    Hey there, Thanks so much for your lovely review! I am so happy to hear that you were able to hold one of our Koalas, this is always such a fantastic experience for our guests as this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Its also great to hear that you were able to meet and feed some of our kangaroos, we always recommend for visitors to grab a $2 bag of kangaroo food so they can have the same experience that you did by hand feeding them.
    Written 20 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 September 2023
  • Taylor. Ali
    Cape Town, South Africa226 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic Australian animal experience
    This is an amazing place with lovely helpful staff. Koalas are everywhere in their trees and are a delight to watch and listen to and to hold if you wish to buy a ticket. The sanctuary has other amazing animals such as the duckbilled platypus, wombat, the Tasmanian devils which make a dreadful noise, kangaroos and so many other species. The offer all sorts of educational/informational evens, shows etc. Definitely worth a visit.
    Thanks so much for your feedback! I am so happy that you got to see some of our Koalas and they are definitely a treat to spend time around. We are lucky enough to provide a home to 70+ native Australian animals and they are always worth sending time with and if you can get to our shows as there is lots you can learn about these wonderful animals!
    Written 1 October 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 26 September 2023
  • David O
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A GREAT EXPERIENCE
    We took two of our grandsons (7 & 10) for a day out at Lone Pine. The staff are absolutely amazing and helped make it a wonderful experience. The wildlife experiences are terrific. We did the Koala holding and saw the raptor show and sheep dog show. All in all a marvelous experience and will definitely do it again. David and Julie
    Thank you so much for submitting you review. I am so happy to hear you were able to bring two of your grandsons to visit and I am happy you got to spend time with our staff to have a wonderful experience. It is great to hear that you were able to hold a Koala and got to catch our daily shows - this is definitely a great way to spend your day at the sanctuary and to hold a Koala is a very special experience for our guests who choose to participate. We can't wait to welcome you back!
    Written 1 October 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 September 2023
  • ItchyFeet
    Camarillo, California10,812 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exceeded our expectations
    We got there at opening which I highly suggest and signed up for the koala experience where we got to go into the enclosures and behind the scenes. It was very informative and lots to see. We could have easily spent an entire day here and did spend most of the day but several critters were already sleeping for the day by the time we arrived since it was quite warm. Our guide Rachel was very informative and patient with others in the small group that didn’t seem to want to follow directions and asked the same questions 10 times expecting a different answer. We got up close to the koalas and held one and got great photos and videos. If you want to have some personal experiences get there early and plan on a full day. We thought about going back but we had a lot to see in our 2 weeks in Queensland. Highly recommend and be there when it opens
    Hi there, Thank you so much for your kind words. I am so happy to hear that you participated in our Koala Discovery Tour. This tour allows you to go behind the scenes of the sanctuary to see just how we care for our beautiful koalas with one of our education officers. We would love to welcome you back next time you are in Queensland and maybe to our night tours where you will be able to meet some of our nocturnal animals and once again be hosted by our wonderful Education team.
    Written 26 November 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 October 2023
  • puckstopper31
    Edmonton, Canada745 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved it.
    Yes it’s about seeing Koalas, yes it’s about holding one and feeding Kangaroos and Wallabies. Seeing crocs, Dingos, etc etc….And it’s AWESOME!….watching these little fur balls safe, loved and cared for is heartwarming. A must see in Brisbane.
    Hi there, Thanks so much for your 5-Star review! It is so great that you were able to catch one of our koala hold sessions. These are one of our most popular experiences and allows you to get up close with one of Australia's most iconic native animals. I hope you were able to catch some of our daily shows and talks where you are able to learn about our animals and their activities in the wild.
    Written 26 November 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 November 2023
  • Allons!
    Gloucester, Virginia268 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ausgezeitnet! A treasure to visit with friends from Brisbane!
    Visitor from Virginia, friends here said let’s visit a locals place that you won’t forget. Visited on a warm Thursday late morning, heat and humidity in full bloom! Plenty of shady rest spots which was essential. Great walk through the scenic birds merely set the tone for a great visit. Enjoyed the wild raptors, the Kipa herding demonstration, the crocodile feeding, Koalas everywhere, and the Kangaroo feeding. Simply a superb visit!
    Hi there, Great to hear that you visited on a warm day for the full Aussie experience! We do provide as much shade as we can whilst also maintaining an open air environment for our animals and visitors. The Free Flight Raptor Show definitely isn't one to miss so I am glad you were able to catch that one. It sounds like you were able to do lots on your visit to the sanctuary and I hope that you were able to learn lots about our native Aussie animals.
    Written 27 November 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 16 November 2023
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Rey4761
Makati, Philippines37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
The weather was so beautiful that I could not imagine visiting here in Dec-Jan. The shade given by the trees could bring some relief but... I would not think of it further.

First time visit and was in awe that the sanctuary is in the middle of a quiet neighborhood. I was asking eveyrbody, "Are sure this is the place?" as we were passing buy some nice suburban houses. Then there it was, boom, parking and signage. A handful of parking and bus parking as well. A bus route passes thru here too.

We pre-booked the Hold A Koala online and came in time; not a lot of people yet inside the venue but a lot of kids. It was another great Koala experience, we all got to hold and chat a bit with "Howie" and was in awe of his claws that I thought it would rip my shirt, it did not. Had a good pat and photo-op; pictures were priced nicely plus you get to access them online too.

While waiting for the pictures, we got something to eat, hot food was cooked well with proper seasoning. Here came the surprise, a kookaburra swooped in and got one of our chicken nuggets, just one and left little to no mess. It was quick and we all had no reaction but to laugh.

We got to see the Koala Talk and the Sheep Dog Show. If you're traveling with mobility issues, kindly talk to a guide and they'll tell you the not so challenging routes for you to take, they are still scenic and you'll a lot.

Seriously, this is a great place not just for Koalas, but for the other animals featured as well. The cool and sunny June weather made it greater. Easily spend a day here, a wonder-filled day.
Written 22 June 2024
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James and Sandr... B
Lufkin, TX644 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
This was so much fun and who wouldn't love the koalas. Loved just sitting and watching them in the trees they had by the tables for people to sit. They were just adorable. We did the hold the koala and it was amazing. They smell like eucalyptus. We also fed the kangaroos and saw a lot of the other parts of the sanctuary, but it rained quite a bit so mostly we sat and watched the juvenile koalas.
Written 16 June 2024
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haeberlin2018
Livermore, CA109 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
We have been at this place back in 1989 and had great memories. Earlier this year we visited Melbourne and Sydney and were hoping to have a similar experience. But in those States they don't allow to hold Koalas.
We had an opportunity to visit Brisbane again in June. We took an UBER from the City to the Sanctuary. About A$ 31.00. We got our tickets to enter the Sanctuary and went straight to the place where you reserve your spot for the picture taking and holding a Koala. Cost is A$ 45.00 per person We got a spot at 11.30am. As we were early we had plenty of time to spend time in the open field where all the kangaroos are. An experience of a life time.
When our time came to take pictures, we had to wait for a few minutes until it was our turn. Again, holding these Koala is a memorable experience. The staff is very friendly and they are also taking pictures with our own cameras. The official pictures (6x8") are available for pick up approx.30 minutes after taking the pictures.
And having a look a all the Koalas in the sanctuary (about 130 of them) is very different experience than the Koalas we saw at the zoo in Sydney. Here most of them were awake, moved around and were eating.
If you are in Brisbane a visit o this Sanctuary is a must.
At the end of the day, we took the boat back to the city. Departure was at 1.20pm and the ride took about 70 minutes and we disembarked at South Bank, Cost for the boat ride one way was A$ 25.00 per person.
Written 13 June 2024
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Gloryhornetboy08
Chichester, UK758 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
We found this place fascinating,so good to be close up with so many koalas, sleeping, feeding and moving about. Also several other animals here including a field with kangaroos that you can go into and feed them.The adults love it here let alone the kids!
Written 7 June 2024
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Trail56942922035
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
The entire sanctuary was amazing. We wanted to give our 10yr old grandson a wonderful experience with the native animals - and he loved every minute.
His absolute favourite even more than cuddling a koala, was the feeding of so many of the kangaroos and the sheer volume of them roaming free.
A 180km round trip - but worth every minute. Our grandson rated it 100 out of 10!!
Written 3 June 2024
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PandaKates
Austin, TX15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
My parents, my husband, and I visited in mid May 2024. We participated in the Platinum tour. It rained pretty hard during several parts of our tour, but that neither deterred us, our tour guide (Nadia), nor the animals. We were prepared with ponchos/rain jackets and had an absolutely amazing time. The amount of care given to the animals is so amazing to see. The amount of personal attention and care given during the Platinum tour is worth every penny. We got one-on-one time and pictures with the Dingos, the Koalas, a python, an owl, backstage tour of the platypus enclosures, and toured the entire facility. I would absolutely do this again and I will definitely recommend to anyone visiting Brisbane!!!
Written 29 May 2024
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Ben69059
Singapore, Singapore365 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
It is a relatively big place. You can buy food from the gift shop to feed the kangaroos but seems that most are well fed. There are bird show, photo with koala and sheepdog.
Written 25 May 2024
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zoe
Arlington, VA29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
June 2024 is the last month to hold a koala here; after that you can touch but not hold them. (This is good news for the koalas.)
Written 20 May 2024
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andrew b
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
It's only a 3 hour visit but so worth it. Staff don't mind answering any questions no matter how often asked. Each species has information at hand and there's a good variety to look at
Written 13 May 2024
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Marit S
20 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Nice to experience foreign animals, but we cant really forget the overflow of schoolclasses trying to feed the kangaroos (not wanting to be fed). or the picture taking of the koalas. All this questions if its a sancturay or a zoo.
Written 4 May 2024
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