Brisbane’s captivating Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the world’s first koala haven that was built in 1927. It houses 130 koalas and other Aussie favorites such as the kangaroos. In 2015, it became a member of the Trip Advisor’s Hall of Fame for its five consecutive years of undeniable excellence. You cannot bestow this award for no reason!
On that note, here are several reasons why guests adore the extraordinary Sanctuary:
1. Wild Lorikeet Feeding
The first show (9:45 am) at the Sanctuary features exceptionally vocal and colorful parrots that are native to Australia and New Guinea. These bright parrots are called Lorikeets. They feed on nectar and pollen. So, the bird feeders are filled up with nectar mixes.
You will enjoy watching the Lorikeets as they jump from one feeder to another. Also, they are not hesitant to pass thru people’s arms or heads. It is truly a playful way to start the day!
2. Sheep Dog Show
For people who live in the urban setting, sheeps and dogs in one show is probably unheard of. At the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, you will witness how two outback sheep dogs guide a herd across the paddock and the corral. The natural instinct of these dogs to gather the animals together make them easier to train.
The impressive skills of these hardworking dogs include responding to conditioned whistles, following hand signals, and commanding the sheep around the field for their masters. This show runs three times daily while, the last two include the interesting sheep shearing demonstrations. See for yourself:
3. Koala Cuddling
If you are visiting the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, what do you expect to see? The adorable koalas, of course!
One amazing activity that most guests look forward to is the “koala cuddling”. Cuddling koalas has been prohibited in North South Wales since 1997. However, it is allowed in Queensland as long as the strict guidelines are followed. This is why you can only snuggle a koala for a maximum of 30 minutes.
You will glad to know that holding the koala is FREE! But, if you want to take countless snaps on your mobile devices or cameras, you will have to pay for the souvenir photos.
4. Kangaroo Feeding
Aside from hugging the furry creatures, you can grab the opportunity to feed the kangaroos. Pay about AU$2 (per food bag) to feed the animals that are roaming around the five-acre field. Take your time to feed the kangaroos and do not forget to abide by these two rules:
1. For your safety, refrain from touching the joeys or the babies as their mothers can get very protective.
2. Position your hands down low and flat while feeding.
The kangaroos along with the wallabies are docile that even the toddlers are welcome to feed them.
*Note: As a friendly reminder, please wear closed-toe shoes as the wastes of the animals are scattered on the ground.
5. Australia’s Native Animals
Just when you thought you saw them all, the Sanctuary brings manifests more animals that are native to Australia. These animals include the Wombat, Southern Cassowary, Kookaburra, Platypus, and the Tasmanian Devil. Have you seen these unique wildlife before?
It provides the guests with a more intimate atmosphere than a zoo.
6. Pokémon Hunting
The kids and the young at heart will find the Sanctuary a conducive place for playing Pokémon Go. There are free mobile charging stations and Wi-Fi connectivity throughout the place! You can even drop by the Internet Café or unwind at the Sleepy Koala Café to sip a hot beverage while you catch ’em all.
These are just some of the reasons why guests loved their time at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. For discounted tickets and more information, please visit: koala.net.
Location: 708 Jesmond Road, Fig Tree Pocket, Queensland 4069
Rates: General Admission starts from AU$22 while, the Admission Plus Meal Package starts from AU$45.
Operating Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Daily