Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is an Aussie wildlife gem

 In Brisbane

The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is a truly remarkable attraction.  Located a short drive from Brisbane in Queensland Australia, Lone Pine is a zoo with a difference. Unlike most zoos where you are distanced from the animals with fences and barriers, Lone Pine encourages visitors to get up close and personal with a huge range of native Australian wildlife.

The first thing that you notice when you enter Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the sheer diversity in terms of the animals that live there. Despite the name it is not just a Koala sanctuary and it is very educational. Lone Pine is a fantastic place for all the family, and everyone will come away having learned something about Australian animals and plant species. The sanctuary’s staff is approachable, knowledgeable, and friendly and makes the park very family orientated.

Lone Pine was named one of the top 10 zoos in the world by AOL, and is the number one rated Brisbane attraction on leading travel site Trip Advisor, and it is easy to see why. There’s a lovely smell of eucalyptus about the place – the koalas love this stuff. This is what sets Lone Pine apart from a regular zoo or animal exhibit. As you walk the grounds of the sanctuary it actually feels like you are at one with the wildlife as the sounds and smells are not that of many large “corporate” zoos. The people who run the sanctuary really care about the work they are doing, and that shines through, helping you enjoy your day.

In terms of the wildlife at Lone Pine, you will not be disappointed. Apart from the koala that gives the sanctuary its name, you will find all kinds of animals such as Tasmanian devils, wombats, echidnas, wallabies, emus, and various birds of prey to name  but a few. In March 2010 the sanctuary opened its new state of the art platypus house.

In addition to seeing all the animals mentioned, Lone Pine also has a number of interactive exhibits. It’s easy to get up close and personal with Aussie wildlife – you can VERY easily feed the kangaroos any time of day after buying food for them at the gift shop. Koala hugs are another great feature of Lone Pine, and you can join a list of celebrities including Eric Clapton and even The Pope who have had their photos taken being hugged by these adorable marsupials. After your Koala hug you can buy the photo in a number of different forms, including postcards or a calendar, which makes a truly unique gift. If scaly is more your style, there is also the chance to hold one of the sanctuary’s pythons or baby crocs. It is this kind of variety that makes Lone Pine a one off attraction; there is just so much to do!

All in all Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is a “must-do” Queensland attraction. Whether you are Australian through and through, or if you are a visitor from anywhere else in the world, make Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary a priority stop whenever you are near Brisbane.

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  • Aaron Zahid
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    Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is really a wonderful place to visit, whether you are dating or with your family. I spent ages feeding the kangaroos 2 years ago. I was just thinking about somewhere to take my 4 year old son and your article has jogged my memory. I didn’t know about the new Platypus House, so that will be good to see.

  • Amy
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    I came across your site by random as I was searching some Queensland attractions for my holiday next month. I like the idea of cuddling a koala as there can’t be too many places you can do that. How do I get to there please? Great site BTW.

  • Alice Wallace
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    Gr8 post. I see that you are a fellow Kiwi! I found your site on Google as I am researching for my trip to Brisbane next month. My 5 year old duaghter will love the koalas. Thanks for the information.

  • Noreen Haynes
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    I love the place. Lone pine Koala Sanctuary just blows my mind. I’m an animal lover myself and the staff there are such wonderful people. Can’t wait for the next time and I’ll bring my friends with me!

  • Mark
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    Thanks Aaron and Amy. I have just come back from a trip to Lone Pine with my family and spent a whole day there. I had never seen a platypus before so that was good. We were lucky enough to hold a koala and fed the kangaroos. The Bird show as very good. We drove there Amy but you can get buses and a ferry from downtown Brisbane. Lone Pine’s web site has details. Enjoy your trip!

  • Dianne Chivers
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    My family and I had a trip to Lone Pine Koala Zoo last week during school holidays and I was really amazed how big it was. The place was very interactive and full of fun filled activities where in we could cuddle some koala, feed some kangaroos and even see their new platipus. All of us was mesmerized by the natural beauty of all the animals in the zoo. We will definitely visit Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and are already recommending it to friends and family.

  • BJ
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    Lone Pine is a very lovely zoo where you can get up close and personal with native Aussie wildlife such as koalas, kangaroos, wombats, Tasmanian devil, and so much more. For a small fee, me and my family got to touch and take pictures with the gentle koalas. You can also buy a pack of food for $1 and feed the koalas who were so sweet and huggable. I would recommend this to tourists visiting Australia to put this on their itinerary. This is one tour you shouldn’t miss.

  • Jason Bonane
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    Thanks for the great post. Wow, awesome, fantastic and wonderful places of the one of the top zoos in the world- Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane. How I wish I will be there, seeing exotic animals that I’ve never seen before just like tasmanian devils, echidnas and emus and many more. I like the way they manage the zoo which you can touch or even feed the animals and I really like it. Hope, that someday or somehow I can visit the beautiful paradise in Brisbane.

  • Sandra Simmonds
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    Keep posting stuff like this i really like it

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    • Traveler
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  • June Dyson
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    Great website. Lone Pine would always be on my agenda for young families taking a classic Queensland holiday

  • Robert Burns
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    I really reccomend the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary if your on holidays in Queensland. it was incredible to get so close to the little ones. My daughters got to feed one and they still talk about it one month on.

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    • Mark Gwilliam
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  • Celia Phillips
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    I agree with your wonderful post. Lone Pine is such a great place to take the kids. I live in Brisbane and take our 2 young daughters there regularly. I am sure your readers will get a great deal of enjoyment reading your articles.

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  • Maricela Hudon
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    Incredible, that’s exactly what I was looking for! You just spared me a lot of searching for something to do in Brisbane. I’m sold!

  • Billie
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    Hey, great post – I’ll give it a look when I am in Brisbane for Christmas. It sounds like the place to take my small girls.

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  • Sam Davis
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    I like what you all have to say. Very straight to the point. All in all great blog. Lone Pine has been a family favourite for many years now and your blog reflects that it still is. 🙂

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  • Stacey Brown

    We’re on hol at the mo from the UK and in an internet Kangaroo Point. We’ve just come across your article and you av convinced us to take a look at Lone Pine. Looking fwd to cuddling a koala. Stace xx

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