Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Admission with Brisbane River Cruise

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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Admission with Brisbane River Cruise
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See Australia’s amazing animals on a day trip to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary from Brisbane. Your river cruise takes you from the bustling waterfront of Southbank to the lush parklands of Lone Pine, with the chance to see iconic sights as you glide along the water. At the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary you can get up close to koalas, kangaroos and watch platypus, sheepdogs and birds of prey in action. Animal lovers will not want to miss this experience!
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In Brief

South Brisbane, Australia
5 hours 30 minutes
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Stop At: Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, 708 Jesmond Rd Fig Tree Pocket, Brisbane, Queensland 4069 Australia

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary opened in 1927 as a safe refuge for sick, injured, and oprhaned koalas, at a time when the species was being culled for the fur trade. Founder, Claude Reid, recognised something had to be done to help protect one of Australia's most iconic species. Today, Lone Pine remains as a destination not only see native Australian animals, but to also connect and learn, and to leave feeling inspired to make small, positive changes in your daily lives to help protect native wildlife and habitats.

Along with koalas and kangaroos, Lone Pine hosts a sheepdog show where you see the hardworking dogs round up a herd of sheep, responding to their master’s whistles, calls and hand signals. You can see owls, kites and sea eagles soar above you at the Birds of Prey show, or marvel at the colorful feathers of the wild lorikeets that fly in twice daily for feedings. Other bird species and a population of Eastern Water Dragons, a lizard that grows up to 3 feet (90cm) long, also like to visit Lone Pine’s lush natural parkland.

Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: The Brisbane River, Brisbane, Queensland Australia

You’ll board your boat in Brisbane’s Southbank district and leave the city behind on a relaxing cruise to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Enjoy informative commentary from your captain as you glide along Brisbane’s waterfront, passing from the bustle of the city’s skyscrapers to leafy suburbs with waterside mansions. After about an hour you’ll arrive at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary where you’ll be free to explore for 3 hours.

Duration: 40 minutes


  • Round-trip cruise
  • General Admission into Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary


  • Food and drinks (available to purchase)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

Departure Time

10:00 AM

Departure Point

Cultural Centre Public Pontoon, Cultural Centre Boardwalk, South Brisbane QLD 4101, Australia

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair: Cruise is accessible however Lone Pine has a set of 28 steps to climb from the jetty to the entrance
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • No health restrictions apply to this tour
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

Enjoyed the day it was a good trip The river trip was very interesting and the park was great would recommend it
• Submitted 27 Feb 2020
this was a great way to go to the Lone Pine Sanctuary, you see a bit of Brisbane as well.unfortunately, we didn't get to hold the Kuala, was too hot, and times didn't match up with our tour. the Kangaroo's we're not roaming around because of the heat. still a good tour
• Submitted 26 Feb 2020
Pontoon was easy to find, right by the bridge. River cruise commentary was interesting and informative, the boat crew helpful and friendly. We opted to stay to hold a koala missing the return but we were warned by the crew what time we had to return to the boat. Loved the sanctuary, saw lots of koalas sleeping and eating. The tasmanian devil came out while we were there, the platypus was swimming around, got to hand feed kangaroos and emus and wallabys. Had a great time there, would definitely go again when in Brisbane.
• Submitted 19 Feb 2020
The whole sanctuary and river cruise experience was awesome. It was interesting learning the history of Brisbane and the Koala Sanctuary. We have never seen so many koalas in the one spot. It was really nice to sit in the covered area having lunch and watching the koalas in the pretend trees eating and moving around. The keepers kept the area spotless and there was no smell from the urine or faeces deposited by the koalas because the area was always being sterilised and raked. Wandering around and seeing the other animals was good. Unfortunately we didn't get to hold a koala because of the heat, but we didn't mind because their welfare comes first. We took a few photos and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We would recommend it to everyone.
• Submitted 28 Jan 2020
From start to finish a lovely day, so scenic and a brilliant way to see the Brisbane from the river. Absolutely loved it. Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is really good and the cuddle the Koala is an added bonus. Thank you will be back x
• Submitted 28 Jan 2020
Catching the boat over was very clear and easy. Get there early to get a preferred seat. The ride over is about 75 minutes (each way) and this includes entrance and a pass to walk past the lines when you get there, The Sanctuary is wonderful. With many opportunities to see the koalas up close and personal. You can get a picture with one, (not holding them) but with your camera and there was no charge. The last ferry back gives you about 3 hours here and is plenty of time to see the kangaroos, and all the birds and other Australian native animals. Very well organized and great package for the price.
• Submitted 07 Jan 2020
Boat trip was excellent. Crew were friendly and informative. Sanctuary was lovely and animals looked well cared for.
• Submitted 18 Nov 2019
Koala sanctuary it was awesome, we were disappointed that we didn’t get to hold a koala and have a picture taken. It would have been nice if we could have signed up in advance,
• Submitted 15 Nov 2019
nice cruise and very informative. We spent a sunny Saturday morning in the park and on the cruise and we felt very relaxed. It is not a rushed trip.
• Submitted 11 Nov 2019
We did the River/Lone Pine tour which is a must. The staff on the boat are amazing and the commentary is hilarious.. The park itself is well done and clean, would highly recommend paying the $25 to hold the koala but they do offer a photo op for free which we did both😃 Such an awesome day
• Submitted 21 Oct 2019
This tour is a definite thumbs up. The ferry ride to the sanctuary down the Brisbane River was lovely and the commentary was very interesting. We had plenty of time at the sanctuary to have our pictures taken with the koalas and the rest of the facility was amazing as well. Well worth one's while.
• Submitted 17 Oct 2019
The river cruise on the Miramar was very relaxing and enjoyable. On the ride from Brisbane to Lone Pine they play a recorded piece that describes what you are seeing along the way (on both the right and left of the boat) and some history of the Brisbane River and various suburbs along the way. On the return trip they let you sit in quiet and enjoy the scenery and breeze of the river cruise. If you get hungry or thirsty along the way they have a cafe inside the boat to get soft drinks, beer, snacks, or even a whole meal. The cruise is family run and the employees are friendly and helpful. Lone Pine is great for seeing Koala's close up. Miramar highly encourages you to go to the Koala picture taking area first thing as the line backs up pretty quickly. Getting to hold a Koala and get your picture taken with it is a pretty neat thing to do. You only get to hold the Koala briefly, but it's worth the wait. They take a very professional looking photo that you get to keep (costs extra for holding the Koala and getting your picture taken). There are some other animal exhibits but the primary point of coming to Lone Pine is to see and get the opportunity to hold a Koala.
• Submitted 08 Oct 2019
The cruise up the river vas very nice and the commentary was very informative. Lots of native animals to see.
• Submitted 07 Oct 2019
Awesome way to see Brisbane. Th3 crew on this ship are super friendly and helpful (arranging cabs after the cruise) and extremely knowledgeable. The sanctuary is awesome and interactive- photo with a koala,, petting and feeding kangaroos and ostriches. Wahat a great way to learn about Australia’s native animals. I highly recommend this cruise. It’s worth every cent! Good for kids and big kids!
• Submitted 30 Sep 2019
The crew were great. Enough time to get a picture and see the rest of the sanctuary. Hand feed kangaroos, Emu's. A good day
• Submitted 16 Sep 2019
Truly enjoyed our time. Loved the experience and seeing so many animals exclusive to Australia in one place. Definitely recommend the river cruise coupled with entry. Would highly recommend!
• Submitted 10 Sep 2019
Both river cruice and the sanctuary was very nice, and we can reccomend it without any problem. It’s a fantastic way to get to know the river and it’s surroundings, and also to get an impression of australian fauna.
• Submitted 02 Aug 2019
It was a nice and informative ride along the river to the sanctuary. Very beautiful lake homes and landmarks do look at along the way. The sanctuary is a great experience for those that have never seen koalas and other animals special to AUS. Would recommend to any first-timer in Brizzy!
• Submitted 08 Jul 2019
We enjoyed our cruise up the Brisbane River with the stop at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Oh my--the koalas! Beautiful koalas and the opportunity to both pet and hold a koala. One of the few places where holding a koala is possible. I was impressed with the care the keepers took with the koalas, giving specific instructions on how to hold the sweet marsupial. They also have very strict time limits on how long a koala can be passed from one tourist to the next, and if a koala doesn't want to do it, there is no forcing. I was afraid it wasn't humane, but came away satisfied that the koalas trust their keepers, and the keepers are very attentive to the needs of the koalas. We had been to Australia Zoo the day before, so generally we weren't impressed with Lone Pine, in comparison. They had lots of kangaroos in what seemed like a small area. Loved seeing the platypus! First time I had ever seen one! Both tour and time at Lone Pine were enjoyable.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
What a wonderful experience. We literally go off our Qantas Dreamliner, dropped off bags and was on the river cruise boat within hours. This was such a relaxing experience and a great way to get some good Vit D to help us flip our day. Our captain was charming and informative. The coffee was amazing! Then the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary was beautiful. We started with eating our first Aussie meal of Fish and Chips inside the park. Super good for zoo food. Then strolled around to see gorgeous Koalas, Tasmanian Devils, Kangaroos and Emus. Loved the Bird and the Sheep Dog show, which was the highlights for us. So, if you are traveling and want to "fix your clock", this excursion is a good one.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
From the moment you step on board the clean and comfortable Miramar 11 ferry at South Brisbane until the time you return 5 hours later this is a wonderful experience. The commentary up river on the 1.25 hour journey is informative and amusing and the sights are great. The collection of Australian fauna at Lone Pine is comprehensive and the facilities and surroundings are very good. The platypus enclosure is exceptional. 3 full hours at Lone Pine is plenty to see all the animals, watch a demonstration or 2 and get something to eat ( at very fair prices). The journey down river is accompanied by some great Australian gush music. By the way, the homemade sausage rolls on the ferry are scrumptious ! A great day and a great ferry crew who are wonderful ambassadors for Brisbane.
• Submitted 15 Apr 2019
Boat ride down the river was lovely...with just the right amount of narration ( if you get my drift) 😏 Heaps of time at the sanctuary..very interesting...🐨 too cute for words. All in all a great way to spend the day.
• Submitted 11 Mar 2019
had a great day out. the boat cruise had very friendly and helpful staff and the cruise was very informative.Lone pine - is well setup and we enjoyed the day there probably needed another hour tho. we skipped holding a koala as the line was at least an hour long and we would of missed everything else.
• Submitted 28 Dec 2018
It was a really hot day but with the breeze on the boat and lots of shade at Lone Pine, we were ok. Would really recommend this tour if you want a good look at the river and you love Australian animals. Lots of fun!
• Submitted 24 Dec 2018

In Brief

South Brisbane, Australia
5 hours 30 minutes