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April 19, 2017

What To Do // Lone Pine Sanctuary

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Brisbane is one of the first places I stopped when I went to Australia. As I had a couple of free days in Brisbane to do what I wanted, the first place I wanted to visit was Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Located just 30 minutes from the city center, Lone Pine is very easy to go to.

A little history on the sanctuary first. Started in 1927, it is the world’s largest and oldest Koala sanctuary. It began with two Koala’s named Jack and Jill; now it is home to a variety of different animals including kangaroos, wombats, and lizards. What I like about the sanctuary is that no Koala is held for more that 30 minutes a day. In addition to that, all the fees go back to fund more enclosures, research, and eucalyptus plantation.

Visiting the whole sanctuary took me three hours because I spent my time feeding the kangaroos and experiencing all of the animals. The time spent there depends on how fast or slow you decide to do things. I highly recommend spending a morning or afternoon there as it is a little bit outside of the city. If you choose to grab lunch at the sanctuary, food for purchase at the center is relatively inexpensive.

Tickets for the sanctuary vary by age, but for adults, the cost is $32.40 if you purchase tickets online from their website. Lone Pine is also open seven days a week from 9 am to 5 pm which makes it easier to fit into your stop in Brisbane.

Let me know in the comments down below if you have been to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary or if you have any questions about Brisbane!

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19 thoughts on “What To Do // Lone Pine Sanctuary

  1. Slightly off topic, but my brother got punched in the eye by a roo at a nature reserve similar to this. He deserved it somewhat – he was following it around and pulling on its tail. I would’ve socked him one too.

  2. Too cute! Koalas are bigger than I imagined. Bet those claws are pretty sharp though. Glad to hear they have restrictions on holding the animals.

  3. Lone pine sanctuary looks really beautiful. The fact that Koalas can be held for a maximum of 30 min a day just goes to show that they really take care of their animals.

  4. Holy moley, is that a fox? it looks so perfect. I see them constantly in Aus but they never hang around for long enough 🙁 Great post!

  5. I was in Australia in 2007 with a big tour group and we went to a similar place but I’m not sure if it was this one! Seeing the Kangaroos up close and petting them is such a fun way to experience the local scene!

  6. Oh my word such gorgeous pictures!! Love wildlife parks like this – I’m australian and i’m still not sick of how adorable kangaroos are!

  7. Cute overload! Those koalas’ll melt your heart.
    Were you scared of the kangaroo’s kick?
    I’ve never been to Oz and I am very jealous of your animal encounter 🙂

  8. The moment I saw the picture of you hugging a koala, I was sold! 🙂 My Australian trip happens next year and now I know where to go for hugging one. Great post, thanks!

  9. So happy you visited my home town Brisbane! I feel it’s pretty underrated in comparison to the other cities Melbourne and Sydney. Lovely to see you had a great time – you even shared some great facts about the place that I didn’t know 😀 Lone Pine certainly is a wonderful place to visit in Brisbane.

  10. Nope, never been to Brisbane or to the reserve. It’s good that all money from tickets go back to preserve the nature in this region!

  11. I think these are the most adorable pictures I have seen this whole week. I am sure it must have been an awesome experience being surrounded by such amazing and cute animals. 🙂

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