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 Kingdom239 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, Washington12 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 Kingdom90 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
    5 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
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 7 September 2023
  • TRIPADVISER
    Eastbourne, United Kingdom274 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 Africa229 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
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    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 26 September 2023
  • David O
    4 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, California7,752 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, Canada753 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, Virginia227 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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Jack_Harpur_
Dublin, Ireland62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We loved our day when we visited Lone pine we booked to take a picture with a Koala and to also hold a Koala which we both loved and then we bought a few bags to feed the Kangaroos and wallabies whish was absolutely surreal for me after seeing all these native animals on tv for all my life and being able to get up close and being able to touch and feed them was honestly a brilliant experience. The staff were very friendly and helpful. We had the best day and its gone down as one of the big highlights of our trip to Australia
Written 12 April 2024
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Shelly S
Boise, ID12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Platinum Tour Worth Every Penny, is only way to go! Kangaroos, Koalas and Dingoes, just a few up close and personal encounters you'll have. Anna, our guide was amazing. Only 6 of us, what a bonus. Anna was extremely personable and shared a wealth of knowledge along with getting us in to additional animal encounters which wasn't expected but truly appreciated. Hands down Best animal tour that enables you to be immersed with these adorable and unique Australian indigenous animals. Worth every penny!!
Written 12 April 2024
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Trek44979128603
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Cruise ship excursion. Great facility, animals, and mission. Book your photo and hold a koala on-line ahead of time. Enjoyed every minute and wish I had more time.
Written 9 April 2024
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ReviewItRach
Dubai, United Arab Emirates49 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
For animal lovers, it's essential to read reviews beforehand. If you're eager to see iconic Aussie animals, this sanctuary is ideal. However, if you're opposed to animals in captivity, it might not align with your values. The facilities were spotless, and the staff were knowledgeable and attentive to both animals and visitors. Sadly, the cafe fell short in terms of food quality. While interacting with kangaroos was fascinating, the proximity was unsettling. The prevalence of koalas in artificial environments was also a drawback for me. Although I won't return, I'd recommend it to those who aren't bothered by these aspects.
Written 8 April 2024
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Casper890
Bolton, UK31 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Visited today and this has been my 5th trip over 20 years. I have always loved this place for the koala experience.
We had to book to hold a koala - changes we didn’t know (our fault for not checking the website) we made the booking and booked the koala encounter from the ticket page.
When we arrived we went to the koala section and displayed our ticket to the assistant to be informed that we hadn’t booked to “hold a koala” but just to have a photo with one and there was no way we could change it. At $34 to stand next to one I feel is expensive without it being clear on the booking page unless you go back into the main page.
We had the photo opportunity and went into the cafe to be told that that they were closed at 15.40 but if you want kangaroo food to purchase at the other til. As we approached we were told “we close in 10!” By a rather rude assistant.
Off we went and fed the kangaroos and had a fabulous time we then went back to the cafe area to feed the baby that was in our party. One of the keepers was with the koalas surrounding the cafe, the children were interested in the ages and if two of them were mum and baby. When questions were asked the keeper was very unhelpful was reluctant to give information and wasn’t interested.
Lastly we went into the snake house the children very interested in what was behind the glass. Again one of the keepers was locking and unlocking the glass panels, the children couldn’t see anything and asked the keeper what was in there. “Frogs!” She replied extremely rudely.
I am really disappointed that we have travelled from the UK with our grandson who is aged 9 years and attended with family who can’t be bothered to engage with visitors to educate them about the wildlife of Australia what hope do we have for the future of places like this don’t invest in our youth. Australia Zoo was a much better experience and in future I will advise people to go there
Written 4 April 2024
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Jessparish11
Woking, UK52 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Really enjoyed the visit to the sanctuary, it showcases all the classic Australian animals, koalas, platypus, kangaroos, wombats, dingoes etc.
We pre-booked the koala hold, it was very fleeting and I was unsure if it felt a bit like a corporation of using the animals for profit, but they do conduct important koala research here, just came away a little unsure if it felt a bit more like a zoo than a sanctuary. Others have commented here how the koalas in the sanctuary are actually from a breeding program as opposed to being rescued and unable to live back in the wild.
In general, we really enjoyed our day here.
Written 3 April 2024
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Christina G
8 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Overall, I enjoyed my day, but I did feel a little guilty about it. This is by far the biggest „sanctuary“ I’ve ever been to and there are almost 100 koalas to be seen. I marveled at the 2 Joeys I could spot. I was initially distraught, when the Koala hold had sold out many days in advance on the website. When I got there, they still had Koala touch experiences, however, and I managed to also buy a ticket for a hold from someone who was looking to get rid of his. Both experiences are amazing but over way too quickly. The price is very steep for the 2 min you get for each experience. I would’ve felt ok about this, if I had been truly contributing to conservation, but the guide at the koala talk said, the „sanctuary“ only homes a handful of wild koalas and „doesn’t really have the capacity“ to take in sick/injured koalas. Apparently, most of the koalas are being bred for captivity. The guide said, they could never be released and were bred to be traded with other wildlife centers. This just really rubs me the wrong way. I know that sanctuaries have a place in community education, which also helps the wild animals, but a sanctuary’s goal should always be to lower the numbers of animals in captivity. Are the animals there just cash cows? At least, Lone Pine does seem to be doing research as well (eg for a chla mydia vaccine), but animals that can’t survive in nature are not contributing to conservation in a meaningful way and filling up space with bred koalas rather than rescues seems even less helpful, so I‘m not sure, what the this place is really about and if the term sanctuary is really appropriate
Written 1 April 2024
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Lauren G
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We loved our visit to Lone Pine! We were the first in line in the morning and made our way to the koala spot to sign up to hold a koala. We then went to feed the kangaroos - there was a large open area to feed them and you can stay in there as long as you like which is so nice. We even got to feed a mama with her Joey in her pouch! We fed the lorikeets, saw the bird show, and then held the koala. Lunch was pretty good, but the spot we ate lunch couldn’t be beat - next to the trees holding the koalas. The little gift shops are small but have great choices. Overall, not too much walking for our 5 and 11 year olds. We enjoyed every minute of our visit.
Written 25 March 2024
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Sam S
Portland, OR1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
This place is incredible. So many koalas and Australian animals. Lots of friendly kangaroos. I would recommend going earlier in the day. The kangaroos get tired of people feeding them pretty quickly. If you want to hold a koala, which I highly recommend, you should get there early as well. We got there around 9:30 and the afternoon holds were already sold out with only a few spots left for the morning! But it is totally worth the money and I would go again!
Written 23 March 2024
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Linda P
Massachusetts520 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Only wish I could bring one home!!! The Lone Pine Sanctuary is a great place to go if you want to see koala's and kangaroos. Each step you take around the sanctuary there are koala's, they are so adorable. Just cuddled up in their tree or eating the eucalyptus. We were amazed to find out they sleep 20 hours and are up and eat for 4 hours, what a life!

We were lucky to be able to book the pet a koala, the hold a koala was sold out thinking if that is very important to you to arrive extremely early to get a spot. We spent about 3 hours in the sanctuary which was plenty of time. We did feed the kangaroos, they are in a huge area roaming around freely. We actually got to witness a joey pulling his mom's pouch open and sticking his head in to nurse or who knows maybe he wanted to jump back in there. That was amazing to witness. We also got to see a cassowary, they are massive and so interesting to see. Lots of other things to see but honestly we were dying to see the koala's and we were not disappointed.
Written 23 March 2024
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