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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Cuddle a koala, hand-feed kangaroos and see other iconic Australian wildlife only a short distance from central Brisbane.

Lone Pine is the largest koala sanctuary in Australia. It’s home to more than 130 of the cute-looking animals as well as other Australian species, such as kangaroos, dingoes and even the elusive platypus. Visitors can feed and hold many of the animals, as well as watch a variety of shows and demonstrations.

Start out by holding a koala. They’re in high demand; regulations mean that each visitor gets a turn, while ensuring that individual koalas are only held for a maximum total of 30 minutes a day. You’ll find these animals surprisingly heavy, but as fluffy and docile as they look in the pictures. You can buy a professional photograph of this special moment by pre-ordering one in the gift shop.

If you don’t want to hold a koala, you can still visit their tree enclosures to see them laze on the branches or graze on some eucalyptus leaves.

Wander through the kangaroo paddock and feed the iconic Australia animals with the food sold at reception. There are enormous red kangaroos and smaller species, including tiny wallabies. Most have lost interest in food by mid-afternoon, so get there early.

Watch the amazing looking platypus in its purpose-built swimming pond and then move on to see the echidna. Both are mammals that lay eggs, but they couldn’t look more different!

Visit the energetic Tasmanian devils or organize a keeper tour to pat a dingo, feed a lorikeet, hold a snake or stroke a wombat. Included in your ticket are the scheduled shows at the Nature Kingdom show area, with impressive sheep dog and bird of prey demonstrations.

The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the in the suburb of Fig Tree Pocket, just over 8 miles (13 kilometers) from downtown Brisbane. You can cruise along the Brisbane River to the sanctuary on the ferry, take public transport or drive. Parking is free. Lone Pine is open every day of the year, except major public holidays, and has a café and gift shop.

Ensure you have lots of time at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Here are some of the best things to do:

If you're seeking even more activities, take a look at our Brisbane things to do page.


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Mt Ommaney Hotel Apartments NT$2,650
Mt Ommaney Hotel Apartments

Mt Ommaney Hotel Apartments

573 Dandenong Rd, Mount Ommaney, QLD
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Mount Ommaney, this motel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Mt. Ommaney Centre and within 6 mi (10 km) of Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Indooroopilly Shopping Centre. Toowong Village and Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium are also within 9 mi (15 km).

    Brand New Stunning 3 Bedroom Indooroopilly Pool/Aircon/Parking
    Brand New Stunning 3 Bedroom Indooroopilly Pool/Aircon/Parking

    Brand New Stunning 3 Bedroom Indooroopilly Pool/Aircon/Parking

    181 Clarence Rd, Indooroopilly, QLD
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Indooroopilly, this apartment building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium, and Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Toowong Village and The Wesley Hospital are also within 3 mi (5 km). Brisbane Indooroopilly Station is only a 3-minute walk and Brisbane Chelmer Station is 15 minutes.

      Forest Lodge Apartments NT$1,901
      Forest Lodge Apartments

      Forest Lodge Apartments

      140 Central Avenue, Indooroopilly, QLD
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Indooroopilly, this aparthotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Indooroopilly Shopping Centre and 2.5 mi (4 km) from University of Queensland. Brisbane Indooroopilly Station is 8 minutes by foot and Brisbane Taringa Station is 15 minutes.

        TEST EQC Option
        TEST EQC Option

        TEST EQC Option

        37 Station Rd, Indooroopilly, QLD
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Indooroopilly, this villa is within 3 mi (5 km) of Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium, and Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Toowong Village and The Wesley Hospital are also within 3 mi (5 km). Brisbane Indooroopilly Station is only a 4-minute walk and Brisbane Chelmer Station is 13 minutes.

          The Vista Bel Air Apartment
          The Vista Bel Air Apartment

          The Vista Bel Air Apartment

          88 Station Road, Indooroopilly, QLD
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Indooroopilly, this apartment building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium, and Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Toowong Village and The Wesley Hospital are also within 3 mi (5 km). Brisbane Indooroopilly Station is 7 minutes by foot and Brisbane Chelmer Station is 17 minutes.

            Brand New Apartment // Aircon/Pool/Parking
            Brand New Apartment // Aircon/Pool/Parking

            Brand New Apartment // Aircon/Pool/Parking

            Clarence Road 181 137, Indooroopilly, QLD
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Indooroopilly, this apartment building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium, and Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Toowong Village and The Wesley Hospital are also within 3 mi (5 km). Brisbane Indooroopilly Station is only a 2-minute walk and Brisbane Taringa Station is 15 minutes.

              Oxley Motor Inn NT$2,250
              Oxley Motor Inn

              Oxley Motor Inn

              2333 Ipswich Road, Oxley, QLD
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Oxley, this motel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Griffith University, Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, and Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Hospital. Mt. Ommaney Centre and Sunnybank Private Hospital are also within 6 mi (10 km). Brisbane Oxley Station is 27 minutes by foot.

                Centenary Motor Inn NT$2,337
                Centenary Motor Inn

                Centenary Motor Inn

                105 Portal St, Oxley, QLD
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Oxley, this motel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Mt. Ommaney Centre, Griffith University, and Indooroopilly Shopping Centre. The Gabba and South Bank Parklands are also within 9 mi (15 km). Brisbane Darra Station is 26 minutes by foot.