Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Admission with Brisbane River Cruise
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Admission with Brisbane River Cruise

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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.

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.

If you work up an appetite during the day, you’ll be able to purchase meals on the river cruise boat or at the two cafes at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary (own expense). After about 3 hours at Lone Pine, you’ll re-board your boat and be returned to Southbank in Brisbane to conclude your tour.
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  • Round-trip cruise
  • Entry/Admission - Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Not included
  • Food and drinks (available to purchase)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • 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
Martin N
5 | 2019-09-16

The crew were great. Enough time to get a picture and see the rest of the sanctuary. Hand feed kangaroos, Emu's. A good day

Cheryl H
5 | 2019-09-10

Truly enjoyed our time. Loved the experience and seeing so many animals exclusive to Australia in one place. Definitely recommend the river cruise coupled with entry. Would highly recommend!

Oeivind S
5 | 2019-08-02

Both river cruice and the sanctuary was very nice, and we can reccomend it without any problem. It’s a fantastic way to get to know the river and it’s surroundings, and also to get an impression of australian fauna.

5 | 2019-07-03

We enjoyed our cruise up the Brisbane River with the stop at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Oh my--the koalas! Beautiful koalas and the opportunity to both pet and hold a koala. One of the few places where holding a koala is possible. I was impressed with the care the keepers took with the koalas, giving specific instructions on how to hold the sweet marsupial. They also have very strict time limits on how long a koala can be passed from one tourist to the next, and if a koala doesn't want to do it, there is no forcing. I was afraid it wasn't humane, but came away satisfied that the koalas trust their keepers, and the keepers are very attentive to the needs of the koalas. We had been to Australia Zoo the day before, so generally we weren't impressed with Lone Pine, in comparison. They had lots of kangaroos in what seemed like a small area. Loved seeing the platypus! First time I had ever seen one! Both tour and time at Lone Pine were enjoyable.

Dianah D
5 | 2019-07-03

What a wonderful experience. We literally go off our Qantas Dreamliner, dropped off bags and was on the river cruise boat within hours. This was such a relaxing experience and a great way to get some good Vit D to help us flip our day. Our captain was charming and informative. The coffee was amazing! Then the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary was beautiful. We started with eating our first Aussie meal of Fish and Chips inside the park. Super good for zoo food. Then strolled around to see gorgeous Koalas, Tasmanian Devils, Kangaroos and Emus. Loved the Bird and the Sheep Dog show, which was the highlights for us. So, if you are traveling and want to "fix your clock", this excursion is a good one.

Audrey S
5 | 2019-03-11

Boat ride down the river was lovely...with just the right amount of narration ( if you get my drift)

Debra F
5 | 2018-12-11

The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is a fabulous place to experience. One part of the experience that is a must is to pay for the opportunity to take a photo while holding a Koala!! My guy, Hamlet, was so soft and sweet and smelled like Eucalyptus. The sanctuary houses over 130 Koalas and lots of other indigenous animals. It was a great Australia experience that is a must if staying in the Brisbane area. The river trip was really nice, too, with a great tour along the way.

Jenny G
4 | 2018-10-30

We really enjoyed this tour, despite the 36 degree temperatures and high humidity. Luckily, there was plenty of shade at the sanctuary. The commentary on the boat was really good: informative and amusing at the same time. The sanctuary itself has more than just koalas, although there were about 130 koalas there! Great information, some good shows, including a raptor flying show and a sheepdog demo. Wonderful for children, although we don't have any.I've given this 4 stars only because I'm gluten-intolerant and there was very little available for me. My lunch consisted of two bags of crisps (chips) and a GF biscuit. I discussed this with the staff and they told me that they don't get much demand for GF food, so they just don't find it worthwhile catering for special diets at all. So if you have any particular dietary requirements, you might want to pack a picnic lunch.

Lawrence B E
5 | 2018-10-10

Excellent experience overall.

Graham B
3 | 2018-05-02

Not kept up.

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