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

Location:
South Brisbane, Australia
Country:
Australia
Duration:
5 hours 30 minutes
Operates:
Daily
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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.

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.

If you work up an appetite during the day, you’ll be able to purchase meals on the river cruise boat or at the two cafes at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary (own expense). After about 3 hours at Lone Pine, you’ll re-board your boat and be returned to Southbank in Brisbane to conclude your tour.

Inclusions

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

Exclusions

  • 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

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
The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is a fabulous place to experience. One part of the experience that is a must is to pay for the opportunity to take a photo while holding a Koala!! My guy, Hamlet, was so soft and sweet and smelled like Eucalyptus. The sanctuary houses over 130 Koalas and lots of other indigenous animals. It was a great Australia experience that is a must if staying in the Brisbane area. The river trip was really nice, too, with a great tour along the way.
• Submitted 11 Dec 2018
Excellent experience overall.
• Submitted 10 Oct 2018
From beginning to end it was a once in a lifetime adventure! A must see down under! Such an incredible experience to hold koalas, pet and feed kangaroos and wallabies.
• Submitted 11 Jul 2018
Loved this trip! A great combination of the river cruise and visit to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, we were given an informative talk on way on the boat pointing out things of interest etc. There was enough time to see everything at the Sanctuary and feeding the kangaroos was a highlight as well as getting up close to the koalas, we didn't have a photo with the koalas and would suggest if you do want a pic to join the queue as soon as you get of the boat as this is very popular. We would recommend this trip 100.
• Submitted 28 Mar 2018
Excellent tour to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary - there was plenty of space on board and we enjoyed the cruise up the Brisbane river to the sanctuary on a hot day. The sanctuary was excellent with the opportunity to see Koalas, Kangaroos, Platypus and Dingos up close. A lovely relaxing trip!
• Submitted 22 Mar 2018
A great way to see more of Brisbane from the water and get close to australian animals! Friendly staff, digital tourguide for the cruise and you can buy drinks as the boatride can get very hot. Really recommend to book this tour online to skip the line to climb aboard the boat. Deckchairs and some stairs to climb on the boat. It was also possible to sit indoors at tables. When you arrive at the sanctuary there is a climb/stairs so if you have trouble walking it will be tough. The only thing is that did not work out for us during our trip was tickets for holding a koala. There was no chance at all to get tickets by the time you get to the sanctuary. What we understood was that you had to buy tickets really early in the morning on site. The park itself was nice and you get really close to koalas and kangaroos.
• Submitted 21 Mar 2018

In Brief

Location:
South Brisbane, Australia
Country:
Australia
Duration:
5 hours 30 minutes
Operates:
Daily