Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is an Aussie wildlife gem
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.